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Of the Independency of Parliament.

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

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 ...

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...

Of Simplicity and Refinement in Writing.

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

Of Superstition and Enthusiasm.

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

Of Parties in General.

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

Of the Liberty of the Press.

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

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 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 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...

Of the Rise and Progress of the Arts and Sciences.

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

Of the Middle Station of Life.

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

Of Moral Prejudices.

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

Of Eloquence.

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

Of Essay-Writing.

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

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

Of Civil Liberty.

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

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 Avarice.

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