Essays, Moral and Political (1741-2)

1741 Essays, Moral and Political, the first collection, containing 15 essays.
1742 Essays, Moral and Political second edition, corrected of first collection.
1742 Essays, Moral and Political, Volume II, second collection of 12 new essays.

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Most of these essays were written with a view of being publish'd as Weekly-Papers, and were inten...

Of the Delicacy of Taste and Passion.

Some People are subject to a certain delicacy of passion, which makes them extremely sensible to ...

Of the Liberty of the Press.

Nothing is more apt to surprize a foreigner, than the extreme liberty, which we enjoy in this cou...

Of Impudence and Modesty.

I am of opinion, That the common complaints against Providence are ill-grounded, and that the goo...

That Politics may be reduced to a Science.

It is a question with several, whether there be any essential difference between one form of gove...

Of the First Principles of Government.

Nothing appears more surprizing to those, who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, th...

Of Love and Marriage.

I know not whence it proceeds, that women are so apt to take amiss every thing which is said in d...

Of the Study of History.

There is nothing which I would recommend more earnestly to my female readers than the study of hi...

Of the Independency of Parliament.

Political writers have established it as a maxim, that, in contriving any system of government, a...

Whether the British Government inclines more to Absolute Monarchy, or to a Republic.

It affords a violent prejudice against almost every science, that no prudent man, however sure of...

Of Parties in General.

Of all men, that distinguish themselves by memorable atchievements, the first place of honour see...

Of the Parties of Great Britain.

Were the British government proposed as a subject of speculation, one would immediately perceive ...

Of Superstition and Enthusiasm.

That the corruption of the best things produces the worst, is grown into a maxim, and is commonly...

Of Avarice.

'Tis easy to observe, that comic writers exaggerate every character, and draw their fop, or cowar...

Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature.

There are certain sects, which secretly form themselves in the learned world, as well as factions...

Of Civil Liberty.

Those who employ their pens on political subjects, free from party-rage, and party-prejudices, cu...

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'Tis proper to inform the Reader, that, in those Essays, intitled, The Epicurean, Stoic, &c. ...

Of Essay-Writing.

The elegant Part of Mankind, who are not immers'd in the animal Life, but employ themselves in th...

Of Eloquence.

Those, who consider the periods and revolutions of human kind, as represented in history, are ent...

Of Moral Prejudices.

There is a Set of Men lately sprung up amongst us, who endeavour to distinguish themselves by rid...

Of the Middle Station of Life.

The Moral of the following Fable will easily discover itself, without my explaining it. One Rivul...

Of the Rise and Progress of the Arts and Sciences.

Nothing requires greater nicety, in our enquiries concerning human affairs, than to distinguish e...

The Epicurean: Or, The man of elegance and pleasure.

The intention of this and the three following essays is not so much to explain accurately the sen...

The Stoic: Or, The man of action and virtue.

There is this obvious and material difference in the conduct of nature, with regard to man and ot...

The Platonist: Or, The man of contemplation, and philosophical devotion.

To some philosophers it appears matter of surprize, that all mankind, possessing the same nature,...

The Sceptic.

I have long entertained a suspicion, with regard to the decisions of philosophers upon all subjec...

Of Polygamy and Divorces.

As marriage is an engagement entered into by mutual consent, and has for its end the propagation ...

Of Simplicity and Refinement in Writing.

Fine writing, according to Mr. Addison, consists of sentiments, which are natural, without being ...

A Character of Sir Robert Walpole.

What our author's opinion was of the famous minister here pointed at, may be learned from that es...

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