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plete copy of the Spectator, or, if that be out of the question, to the Spectator in London (published by Seeley & Co. of London). For the best work, he needs on the school shelves or in the town library, Sydney's two volumes on England and the English in the Eighteenth Century. Macaulay's famous third chapter in his History of England will also be useful. For biographical material, Thackeray's English Humorists, Courthorpe's Addison in the “English Men of Letters” Series and Dobson's Steele in the “English Worthies’ Series, will furnish all that is needed.

For text I have followed mainly that of Mr. A. Gregory Smith in his new edition of the Spectator, so far as it has been published, modernizing, however, the capitalization and the spelling of the original. Into the last paragraph of No. 383, I have introduced a clever emendation, borrowed from Mr. D. O. S. Lowell, and have occasionally for similar reasons omitted brief phrases in other portions of the essays. With these exceptions, this volume will be found, I hope, a faithful transcript of the original. Indeed, the last chapter aims to be an exact copy of the text, that the pupil may see for himself what a page looked like two cen

turies ago.

A glossary at the back of the volume furnishes explanations of allusions not sufficiently prepared for by the Introduction, and calls attention to idioms peculiar to the authors or their age. It also contains an index of the material given in the Introduction. In the text, words which the pupil would not naturally look up are indicated by a star.


CAMBRIDGE, August, 1898.

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