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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 [of 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 manners. 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.
BY RICHARD HURD, D.D.
LORD BISHOP OF WORCESTER.
A New Edition,
WITH LARGE ADDITIONS, CHIEFLY UNPUBLISHED,
IN SIX VOLUMES.
BELL & DALDY, 6, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN,
LONDON: PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET
AND CHARING CROSS,
CONTENTS, VOL. III.
164. Story of Theodosius and Constantia
165. Introduction of French Phrases in the History of the
205. Description of a Female Pander-Affected Method of
Psalm-singing-Erratum in the Paper on Drinking
207. Notions of the Heathens on Devotion
221. Use of Mottos-Love of Latin among the Common
223. Account of Sappho-Her Hymn to Venus
241. Letter on the Absence of Lovers- Remedies proposed
243. On the Beauty and Loveliness of Virtue .
245. Simplicity of Character-Letters on innocent Diver-
251. Letter on the Cries of London
253. On Detraction among bad Poets-Pope's Essay on
255. Uses of Ambition-Fame difficult to be obtained
256. Subject-Disadvantages of Ambition
257. Ambition hurtful to the Hopes of Futurity
262. The Spectator's Success-Caution in Writing-an-
nounces his Criticism on Milton
× 265. Female Head-dress-Will. Honeycomb's Notions of it
267. Criticism on Paradise Lost
269. Visit from Sir Roger-his Opinions on various Matters
271. Letters from Tom Trippit, complaining of a Greek
273. Criticism on Paradise Lost
287. On the Civil Constitution of Great Britain
289. Reflections on Bills of Mortality-Story of a Dervise