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" He (Coleridge) valued Steele much above Addison and the other Essayists of that day. . . Steele's papers are easily distinguished to this day by their pure humanity, springing from the gentleness, the kindness of his heart.” — Recollections, Conversations, and Letters of S. T. Coleridge.
"I am far from wishing to depreciate Addison's talents; but I am anxious to do justice to Steele, who was, I think, upon the whole, a less artificial and more original writer."-Hazlitt's Lectures on the Comic Writers, p. 194.