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The TwELFTH EDITION.
L O N D ON: Printed for J. and R. TONSON, at Shakespear'sHead, over-against Catharine-fireet in the Strand.
Lately Publis’d, THE Miscellaneous Works, in Verfe and Profe, of SON, Esq; in Three Volumes. Consisting of such 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, complete Mr. Addison's Works in Twelves.
To the Right Honourable
Charler Lord Hallifax.
Studies is usually menti-
and Esteem; but the passionate Veneration I have for your Lordship I think, flows from an Admiratio of Qualities in You, of which, in whole course of these Papers I k
acknowledged my self incapable. While I busy my self as a Stranger upon Earth, and can pretend to no other than being a Looker-on, You are conspicuous in the Busy and Polite World, both in the World of Men and that of Letters: While I am silent and unobserv'd in publick Meetings, You are admired by all that approach You as the Life and Genius of the Conversation. What an happy Conjunction of different Talents meets in him whose whole Discourse is at once animated by the Strength and Force of Reason, and adorned with all the Graces and Embellishments of Wit? When Learning irradiates common Life, it is then in its highest Use and Perfection; and it is to such as Your Lordhip, that the Sciences owe the Esteem which they have with che active Part of
Mankind. Knowledge of Books in recluse Men, is like that sort of Lanchorn which hides him who carries it, and serves only to pass through secret and gloomy Paths of his own; but in the Possession of a Man of Business, it is as a Torch in the Hand of one who is willing and able to shew those, who are bewildered, the Way which leads to their Prosperity and Welfare.' A generous Concern for your Country, and a Passion for every thing which is truly Great and Noble, are what actuate all Your Life and Actions; and I hope You will forgive me that I have an Ambition this Book may be placed in the Library of so good a Judge of what is valuable, in that Library where the Choice is such, that it will not be a Disparagement to be the meanest Author in it. Forgive me, A 3