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TO THE

RIGHT HONOURABLE

CH A R L E S

EARL of SUNDERLAND

MY LORD

VERY

many favours and civilities (received from you in a private capacity) which I have no other way to acknowledge, will, I hope, excuse this presumption; but the justice I, as a Spectator, owe your character, places me

Vol. VI.

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above the want of an excuse. Candor and openness of heart, which shine in all your words and actions, exact the highest esteem from all who have the honour to know you; and a winning condescension to all subordinate to you, made business a pleasure to those who executed it under you, at the same time that it heightened her Majesty's favour to all who had the happiness of having it conveyed through your hands. A Secretary of State, in the interests of mankind, joined with that of his fellow-subjects, accomplished with a great facility and elegance in all the modern as well as ancient languages, was a happy and proper member of a ministry, by whose services your sovereign and country are in so

high and flourishing a condition, as makes all other princes and potentates powerful or inconfiderable in Europe, as they are friends or enemies to Great-Britain. The importance of those great events which happened during that administration, in which your Lordship bore so important a charge, will be acknowledged as long as time shall endure; I shall not therefore attempt to rehearse those illustrious passages, but give this application a more private and particular turn, in desiring your Lordship would continue your favour and patronage to me, as you are a gentleman of the most polite literature, and perfectly accomplished in the knowledge of books and men, which makes

it necessary to beseech your i indulgence to the following leaves, and the author of them: who is, with the greatest truth and respect,

MY LORD,

YOUR LORDSHIP'S

OBLIGED, OBEDIENT, AND

HUMBLE SERVANT,

THE SPECTATOR.

398

The month of May dangerous to the Fair-Sex No. 395

Letter from Peter de Quir on the use of punning 396

On compaffron, with a letter from Ann Boleyn 10

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Whimsical amour of Cynthio and Flavia

On bypocrisy, and its various kinds

399

Onthe danger of trufling to pretenfons of platonic love 400
Letters from a penitent jilt and her abufed lover 401

from Sylvia, Dori da, and Cornelius Nepos 402

Reflections of cofee-house politicians on the rumour

of Louis The XIVth's death

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On affe&ation

404

On cburcb-mufic

405

On folitude; with a translation of a Lapland ode

406

On the power of action in oratory

The paffions, the principles of buman adtions

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