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Character, places me above the want of an Excuse. Candor and Openness of Heart, which shine in all your Words and Actions, exact the highest Esteem froin all who have the Honour to know you ; and a winning Condescension to all subordinate to You, made Business a Pleasure to those who executed it under You, at the same time that it heightened Her Majefty's Favour to all who had the Happiness of having it convey'd through Your Hands. A Secretary of State, in the Interests of Mankind, join'd with that of his Fellow - Subjects, accomplished with a great Facility and Eleĝance in all the Modern as well as Ancient Languages, was a hap

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py and proper Member of a Ministry, by whose Services Your Sovereign and Country are in so high and flourishing a Condition, as makes all other Princes and Potentates powerful or inconsiderable in Europe, as they are Friends or Enemies to Great-Britain. The Importance of those great Events which happened during that Administration, in which Your Lordship bore so important a Charge, will be acknowledg'd as long as Time shall endure; I shall not therefore attempt to rehearse those illustrious Passages, but give this Application a more private and particular Turn, in deliring your Lordship would continue your Fayour and Patronage to me, as You A 2

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are a Gentleman of the most polite Literature, and perfectly accomplished in the Knowledge of Books and Men, which makes it neceffary to beseech Your Indulgence to the following Leaves, and the Author of them: Who is, with the greateft Truth and Respect,

My LORD,

Your Lordship's

Obliged, Obedient, and

Humble Servant,

: The SPECTATOR

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THE Month of May dangerous to the Fair-Sex No. 395

1 Letter from Peter de Quir on the use of Punning 396

On Compasion, with a Letter from Ann Boleyn to 10

Henry VIII.

Whimsical Amour of Cynthio and Flavia

On Hypocrisy, and its various kinds

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On the danger of trusting to Pretensions of Platonic-love 400
Letters from a penitent Jilt and her abused Lover 401
- from Sylvia, Dorinda, and Cornelius Nepos 402
Reflections of Coffee-house Politicians on the Rumour of Lue

Louis the XIVth's Death

On Affectation

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On Church-Mufick

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On Solitude ; with a Translation of a Lapland Odé

On the Power of Action in Oratory

The Paffrons, the Principles of human Actions

On Tafie

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Sir Roger de Coverley's Adventure with a Lady

On the Pleasures of the Imagination, with ).

a Comparison between them and those į 411 to 421

of the Understanding

On Raillery.
The Story of Gloriana, sbewing the effectual way to

make Love
Rules to make Society in the Country agreeable, with a

Scheme for a Country Infirmary

The Revolution of the Seasons, a Dream

Story of Bafilius Valentinus, an Hermetick Philosopher 426

On Scandal

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The Spectator's Project for enlarging his Design 428

Memorials from Patients in the Country-Infirmary

On Beggars, Charity, and Indecency

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Misconduct of Parents in the Education of their Children 431

On Party-Prejudice

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The Advantages of the mutual Regard of both Sexes, with

the Plan of a Republick of Males, and another of 433

Females

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On the riding-dresses of the Ladies

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On Prize-Fights

Character of Sempronia, a Matchmaker

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On Paffion and Peevishness

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On Inquistiveness

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Farther Account of the Country-Infirmary No. 440

- Reliance on the Divine Protection, the surest Ground of 2

Comfort

Persons of all Profesions invited to send Papers to the

Spectator

Camilla's Letter from Venice

On Quack-Bills

On the new Tax on Paper by stamping it

On the Corruption of the English Comedy

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On the Power of Habit and Custom

On Neglect of Promises on frivolous Occasions

Filial Piety exemplified in the Character of Fidelia

On the good Effects of the Love of Money

On Party-Libels
On the Fondness of the English for News
On Gratitude to the Deity for his Favours
A Tour of twenty-four hours through London
Allegorical Letter on the Improvements of the Mind 455

On the Misery of Bankruptcy

Project of a News-letter of Whispers

On false Modesty

On the Excellency of Faith

Vision of Vanity and her Attendants
Poetical Transation of the 114th Psalm
On Fleasantry in Conversation
Dream of the Golden Balance

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On the Happiness of a Middle State
On the Means of confirming our Faith
On Dancing

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On the Love of Praise and its Uses

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Character of Eastcourt the Comedian

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The Qualifications requisite in those who are to be em-?

ployd in Places of Trust
Ridicule on the Collectors of various Readings in

different Editions of the Classics

On the Passion of Hope

On the Sight

The Ridiculousness of Men glorying in their Faults

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