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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 ļof 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.

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LONDON: GEORGE BELL AND SONS, YORK STREET,

COVENT GARDEN.

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CONTENTS

PAGB

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[Though called vol. vi. for convenience, this is really the second half of vol. V.,

as will be seen by the paging, which is a continuation.]

The asterisks prefixed indicate those letters which have previously

appeared in Miss Aikin's Memoirs.

LETTERS, continued

Addison to the Earl of Stair Whitehall, June 3, 1717 453

-te the Attorney-General Whitehall, June 6, 1717 455

to the Earl of Stair

Whitehall, June 9, 1717

ib.

to the same

Whitehall, June 10, 1717 457

Tickell to Vice-admiral Cornwall Whitehall, June 10, 1717 458

Addison to the Earl of Stair Whitehall, June 18, 1717 ib.

to the Earl of Stair Whitehall, June 24, 1717 460

- to the Lords of the Treasury

Whitehall, June 29, 1717 462

to the Earl of Stair

Whitehall, July 12, 1717 463

to the Commissioners at Mardyke

Whitehall, July 15, 1717 465

to the Lords Commissioners of Trade

Whitehall, July 15, 1717 ib.

to the Earl of Stair

Whitehall, July 17, 1717 466

to Viscount Stanhope Whitehall, July 18, 1717 467

· to the Lords of the Treasury

Whitehall, July 22, 1717 468

Lieut. Cossley to Addison

ib.

Addison to the Earl of Stair

Whitehall, July 25, 1717 469

to the Commissioners of Customs

Whitehall, July 29, 1717 471

to the Commissioners at Mardyke

Whitehall

, Aug. 5, 1717 472

to the Earl of Stair

Whitehall, Aug. 5, 1717 473

to the Commissioners of Trade

Whitehall, Aug. 22, 1717 474

to the Earl of Stair

Whitehall, Sept. 2, 1717 ib,

to the Lords Commissioners of Trade

Whitehall, Sept. 3, 1717 475

to the Lords of the Treasury Whitehall, Sept. 6, 1717 479

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