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The TENTH EDITION.
Printed for J. TONSON, at Shakespear's-Head, over-
THE Miscellaneous Works in Verfe and Profe, of the late Right Honourable JOSEPH ADDISON, Efq; in Three Volumes. Cenfifting of fuch as were ne ver before Printed in 12mo. With fome Account of the Life and Writings of the Author, by Mr. Tickell.
N. B. These Three Volumes, with the Tatlers, Spelta ters, Guardians, Freeholder, and Remarks on feveral Parts of Italy, compleat Mr. Addifon's Works in Twelves.
Imilitude of Manners and Studies is usually mentioned as one of the strongeft Motives to Affection and Esteem; but the paffionate Veneration I have for your Lordship, I think, flows from an Admiration of Qualities in You, of which, in the whole course of these Papers I have A 2 acknow
acknowledged my felf incapable. While I bufie my felfas a Stranger upon Earth, and can pretend to no other than being a Looker-on, You are confpicuous in the Bufie and Polite World, both in the World of Men and that of Letters: While I am filent and unobserv'd in publick Meetings, You are admired by all that approach You as the Life and Genius of the Converfation. What an happy Conjunction of different Talents meets in him whofe whole Difcourfe is at once animated by the Strength and Force of Reafon, 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 fuch as Your Lordship, that the Sciences owe the Efteem which they have with the active Part of Mankind.
Mankind. Knowledge of Books in reclufe Men, is like that fort of Lanthorn which hides him who carries it, and ferves only to pass through fecret and gloomy Paths of his own s but in the Poffeffion of a Man of Business, it is a Torch in the Hand of one who is willing and able to fhew thofe, who are bewildered, the Way which leads to their Profperity and Welfare. A generous Concern for your Country, and a Paffion 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 fo good a Judge of what is valuable, in that Library where the Choice is such, that it will not be a Difparagement to be the meaneft Author in it. Forgive me,