Author: Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Release Date: April 14, 2004 [EBook #12030]
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*** Start of this project gutenberg EBOOK the spectator, volumes 1, 2 and 3 ***
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A NEW EDITION
Reproducing the original text
both as first issued
and as corrected by its authors
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LITERATURE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON
Each in three vols., Price 10s. 6d.
Charles knight’s SHAKSPERE.
NAPIER’S history of the peninsular war. With Maps and Plans.
BOSWELL’S life of Johnson. With Illustrations.
MOTLEY’S rise of the Dutch republic.
Byron’s poetical works.
When Richard Steele, in number 555 of his ‘Spectator’, signed its last paper and named those who had most helped him
‘to keep up the spirit of so long and approved a performance,’
he gave chief honour to one who had on his page, as in his heart, no name but Friend. This was
’the gentleman of whose assistance I formerly boasted in the Preface and concluding Leaf of my ‘Tatlers’. I am indeed much more proud of his long-continued Friendship, than I should be of the fame of being thought the author of any writings which he himself is capable of producing. I remember when I finished the ‘Tender Husband’, I told him there was nothing I so ardently wished, as that we might some time or other publish a work, written by us both, which should bear the name of the monument, in Memory of our Friendship.’
Why he refers to such a wish, his next words show. The seven volumes of the ‘Spectator’, then complete, were to his mind The Monument, and of the Friendship it commemorates he wrote,