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“Mr. Addison is generally allowed to be the most correct and elegant of
all our writers; yet some inaccuracies of style have escaped him, which it is the chief design of the following notes to point out. A work of this sort, well executed, would be of use to foreigners who study our language; and even to such of our countrymen as wish to write it in
perfect purity.”-R. Worcester (Bp. Hurd]. “I set out many years ago with a warm admiration of this amiable writer
[Addison). I then took a surfeit of his natural, easy manner; and was taken, like my betters, with the raptures and high rights of Shakspeare. My maturer judgment, or lenient age, (call it which you will,) has now led me back to the favourite of my youth. And here, I think, I shall stick; for such useful sense, in so charming words, I find not elsewhere. His taste is so pure, and his Virgilian prose (as Dr. Young styles it) so exquisite, that I have but now found out, at the close of a critical life,
the full value of his writings.”—Ibid. “Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and
elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the
volumes of Addison."-Dr. Johnson. “It was not till three generations had laughed and wept over the pages of
Addison that the omission [of a monument to his memory] was supplied by public veneration. At length, in our own time, his image, skilfully graven, appeared in Poets' Corner.-Such a mark of national respect was due to the unsullied statesman, to the accomplished scholar, to the master of pure English eloquence, to the consummate painter of life and
It was due, above all, to the great satirist, who alone knew how to use ridicule without abusing it, who, without inflicting a wound, effected a great social reform, and
who reconciled wit and virtue, after a long and disastrous separation, during which wit had been led astray by profligacy, and virtue by fanaticism.”—Macaulay.
BY RICHARD HURD, D.D.
LORD BISHOP OF WORCESTER.
& Flew Edition,
WITH LARGE ADDITIONS, CHIEFLY UNPUBLISHED,
COLLECTED AND EDITED BY HENRY G. BOHN.
IN SIX VOLUMES.
LONDON: IIENRY G. BOHN, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.
16 19 22 25
Jews 499. Will. Honeycomb's Account of the Siege of Hers
berg, and his Dream 500. Defence and Happiness of a married Life 505. On Conjurors and Revealers of Dreams 507. On Party-Lies 511. Will. Honeycomb's Proposal of a Fair for Marriage
-Sale of unmarried Women 512. On giving Advice 513. Meditation on Death, a Hymn 517. Death of Sir Roger de Coverley 519. Meditation on animal Life 523. Poetry too often mixed with Mythology-Edict on
that Subject 529. Rules of Precedency among Authors and Actors 530. Account of the Marriage of Will. Honeycomb 531. On the Idea of the Supreme Being 535. On vain Hopes of temporal Objects-Story of Alnas
proper Employment for Beaux Character of a
28 31 33 37 40
47 50 52
63 542. Criticism on the Spectator-Letter on the Decay of the Club.
67 543. Meditation on the Frame of the Human Body
: 70 547. Cures performed by the Spectator
73 549. On Reluctance to leave the World—Letter from Sir Andrew Freeport on his retiring
76 550. Proposal for a new Club
79 556. Account of the Spectator opening his Mouth
82 557. On Conversation Letter by the Ambassador of Bantam
85 558. Endeavours of Mankind to get rid of their Burdens, a Dream.
89 559. The same concluded
92 561. Account of the Widows' Club
95 562. On Egotism-Retailers of old Jokes .
98 565. On the Nature of Man—of the Supreme Being 101 567. Method of political Writers affecting Secrecy—Specimen
105 568. Coffee-house Conversation on the preceding Paper
The Whole Duty of Man turned into a Libel 107 569. On Drunkenness
110 571. Advantages of seeking the Protection of the Supreme Being
112 574. Advantages of Consent
116 575. The present Life preparatory to the Happiness of Eternity ·
120 576. On Singularity; the Dread and Affectation of it
123 579. On Adultery-Dogs which guarded the Temple of Vulcan
125 580. On the Glories of Heaven.
128 582. On the Itch of Writing
132 583. Duty of being usefully employed-on Planting 134 584. Story of Hilpa
137 585. The same concluded
140 590. On Eternity 592. Dramatic Improvements-Criticisms
148 598. On a merry and serious cast of Temper
151 600. Various Opinions of future Happiness
67. Fate of Poets-Recommendation of Tom D'Urfey