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THE

SPECTATOR.

VOL. I.

The NINTH EDITION.

LONDON:
Printed for J. TONSON, at Shakespear's-Head, over-

against Katharine-fireet in the Strand. 1729.

Lately Publishid,

HE Miscellaneous Vorks in Verse and Profe, of the

late Right Honourable JOSEPH ADDISON, Efq; in Three Volumes. Confifting

of fuch as were never before Printed in 12mo. With some Account of the Life and Writings of the Author, by Mr. Tickell.

N. B. These Three Volumes, with the Tatlers, Spectators, Guardians, Freeholder, and Remarks on several Parts of Italy, compleat Mr. Addison's Works in Twelves.

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To the Right Honourable

Fohn Lord Sommers,

Baron of Evesham.

Mr LORD

Should not act the Part I of an impartial Spectator,

if I Dedicated the fol

lowing Papers to who is not of the most consummate and most acknowledged Merit.

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None but a Person of a finished Character, can be the proper Patron of a Work, which endeavours to Cultivate and Polish Human Life, by promoting Virtue and Knowledge, and by recommending whatfoever may be either Useful or Ornamental to Society.

I know that the Homage I now pay You, is offering a kind of Violence to one who is as solicitous to fhun Applause, as he is assiduous to deserve it. But, my Lord, this is perhaps the only Particular in which your Prudence will be always disappointed.

While Justice, Candor, Equanimity, à Zeal for the Good of your Country, and the most per: suasive Eloquence in bringing over others to it, are valuable Distin

ctions,

Etions, You are not to expect that the Publick will so far comply with your Inclinations, as to forbear celebrating such extraordinary Qualities. It is in vain that

you

have endeavoured to conceal your Share of Merit, in the many National Services which you have effected. Do what you will, the present Age will be talking of your Virtues, tho' Pofterity alone will do them Justice.

Other Men pass through Oppofitions and contending Interests in the Ways of Ambition ; but Your Great Abilities have been invited to Power, and importuned to accept of Advancement. Nor is it strange that this should happen to your Lordship, who could bring into the Service of your Sovereign the Arts and Policies of Ancient

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