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CONTENTS OF VOL. I.

No.

HISTORICAL and Biographical Preface.

Original Dedications.

1. Introduction-Character of an absent Lover-Better-

terton's benefit-Continental Intelligence Death of Mr.

Partridge ...

Steele.

2. The Medicine : Harrison-Continental Intelligence-

Raillery on the state of France. ,

Steele.

3. Playhouse, a Poem by Blackmore-Tapestry_Conti-

nental Intelligence-Benefit of Bickerstaff . : . Steele.

4. Plan of the work-Characters of Chloe and Clarissa-

Dramatic News-Strolling Company-Continental In-

telligence Island of Felicia

Steele.

5. Fallen State of Love-Cynthio, the absent Lover-Pro-

ject for the Advancement of Religion-Continental In-

telligence-Story of Unăion and Valentine-Character

of the Duke of Marlborough

Steele.

6. Visit from Sappho—Criticism on Homer and Virgil-

Journal of the Iliad-Continental Intelligence-Charac-

ters of Alexander and Cæsar

Steele.

7. The Author's Will-Raillery on Marriage-Characters

of a Coquet and a Coxcomb--Epsom Wells, a Comedy

--Continental Intelligence

Steele.

8. Reformation of the Stage--Continental Intelligence-

A Dream of the State of England

Steele.

9. Congreve's Old Bachelor: Steele-Description of the

Morning : Swift-Character of Timon-Pastorella con-

verted from Coquetry-Continental Intelligence Steele.

10. Empire of Beauty-Continental Intelligence

Jl. A Similitude-On.Death-Modern Prophets : Steele

-Genealogy of the Staffs: Twisden-Continental In-
telligence

Steele.

12. Corruption of Manners and Language–Bite: Steele.

-A winter Piece: PhilipsVerses by-Dryden-

13. Adventures of the Tatler's Guardian Angel, Pacolet-

Continental Intelligence

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14. Character of Verus-Earl of Essex and Alchymist-

Dumb Fortune-teller and Widow-To Correspondents

Steele.

15. Story of Pacolet-Gamesters-Pleasure . .

16. Characters at Bath--Letters to Castabella

17. On Panegyric-Naked Truth criticised

18. On Signs: (probably) Addison-Distress of News-

writers

Addison.

19. History of Esquires-Busy Body-A Trip to the Ju-

bilee Letter from Madame Maintenon

Steele.

20. Complaint of a Lady : Steele-Dramatic News and

Criticism: Addison-Continental Intelligence Steele,

21. Characters of a Gentleman and a Pretty Fellow-The

Fox-Dramatic Writers of the Last and Present Age-

Letter on Mr. Bickerstaff's Prophecy of his Death-

Witchcraft-Continental Intelligence .

Steele.

22. Cynthio in Love-Lindamira's Lovers—Cave Under-

hill - Young Lady in Love with a Rake

Steele.

23. Cure for Fits in Married Ladies--Letter to the French

King--Continental Intelligence

Steele.

24. Character of a very Pretty Fellow-A Toast : Addison

-Continental Intelligence ---Lines to the French King

Steele.

25. On Duelling-Advice generally unwelcome-Conti-

- nental Intelligence

Steele.

26. Letter from a Pretty Fellow_From Louis XIV.-Du-

elling

Steele.

27. Character of a Rake-a Coquette-Verses on a Par-

rot-Letter from Jeffrey Nicknack-Continental Intel-

ligence

Steele.

28. On Duelling-Continental Intelligence

29. Letter from Tim Switch on Duelling-Critics and

Wits-Continental Intelligence

Steele.

30. Character of the Author's Three Nephews-Style of

Love-letters

Steele,

31. Duelling Letter to the Author on his being little

known in the Country-Continental Intelligence Steele.

32. Platonic Ladies-Madonella : Swift-On Punning

Steele.

33. Mrs. Jenny. Distaff on the Treatment of the Fair Sex

-Attempts to seduce her-Continental Intelligence

Steele.

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34. Cures performed by the Author-Saltero's Coffee

house

Steele,

35. Snuff-taking--Cynthio's Courtship-Hamlet's Direc-

tion to the players : Steele-Family of IX. (probably)

Swift-Continental Intelligence

Steele.

36. Mrs. Jenuy Distaff--Characters at Epsom-Of Afri-

canus : Addison-Continental Intelligence .. Steele.

37. On the Fox-hunter's Speech-Cæsar to his Party at

the Rubicon

Addison.

38. On Duelling-Whisperers without Business-Charac-

ters: Addison-Continental Intelligence Steele.

39. Oxford, and its Almanack-Dialogue on Duels

40. Cure of Lunatics-On Love and Marriage

41. Exercise at Arms—Character of a Questioner-The

author accused of Personalities

Steele.

42. Lines on Bribery: Steele-Character of Aspasia :

Congreve--Inventory of the Playhouse Addison.

43. D'Urfey's Dedication : Steele-New System of Philo-

sophy: Addison-On the Sublime

Steele.

44. Esculapius. in . Love with. Hebe--Sale of the Play-

house Articles-Humorous Complaint of Punch--The

Country Gentleman wbo cannot bear a Jest-Conti.

nental Intelligence.

Steele.

45. Story of Tereminta-Puppet-shows-Scene of Bodily

Wit-Characters of Florio and Senecio .. Steele,

46. Character and Gallantries of Aurengzebe-Lines on

the March to Tournay without beat of Drum—Conti-

nental Intelligence

Steele.

47. Character of Sir Taffety Trippet-Cure for the Spleen

-Passions expressed by Shakspeare.

Steele.

48. Shades of Conscience and Honour-Genius of Credit

Steele,

49. Love and Lust-Florio and Limberham-Nocturnus

Steele.

50. History of Orlando the Fair-Powell's Puppet-show

Steele.

51. History of Orlando, Chap. 2.-Pantomime Tricks

-Powell's Puppet-show .

Steele.

52. Use of Delamira's Fan-On Modesty-Characters of

Nestor and Varillus- The Modest Man and the Modest

Fellow

Steele.

BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, AND

CRITICAL PREFACE.

Of the various kinds of composition, which have been cultivated in the different ages of learning, none can be found more natural and attractive than Essay-writing: The larger works of literature, the voluminous folio, and the prolix dissertation, are often to be considered as the efforts of learned industry, or the displays of ostentatious wisdom. To supply the materials of tedious disquisition, the memory is drained, and the invention tormented: the author, not satisfied with exhibiting truth in its most useful and agreeable varieties, considers that his task is not achieved, till every collateral topic, however minute, is investigated, and the entire subject pursued to exhaustion. But the brief and lively sketches of the Essay resemble the effusions of an observing and well cultivated mind in conversation. The thoughts take the easy and natural arrangement, in which they occur to the understanding: and the writer, having said what is most pertinent and instructive, is not compelled to seize dull and cumbersome materials, in order to extend the bulk of his productions.

If the author finds Essay-writing the most natural mode of composition, it cannot be doubted that the generality of readers find it the most agreeable. Few persons are inspired with such an admiration of any writer, or possess such a thirst of literature, and such a leisure to gratify it, as to judge (like Pliny*) that the value of a treatise is increased by its magnitude. The greater part of readers are of the opinion which the Greek adage expresses, a great book is a great plague.”+. The divisions and subdivisions, the principal and the subordinate parts, the apt

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* Μέγα Βιβλιον, μέγα κακόν.

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