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civil power, in the late and
prefent reign, has been indebted to your counsels and wisdom.
But to enumerate the great advantages which the public has received from your
administration, would be a more proper work for an history than for an address of this nature.
Your Lordship appears as great in your private life, as in the most important offices which You have borne. I would therefore rather choose to speak of the pleasure You afford all who are admitted into your conversation, of your elegant taste in all the polite parts of learning, of your great humanity and complacency of manners, and of the
surprising influence which is peculiar to You in making every one who converses with your Lordship prefer You to himself, without thinking the less meanly of his own talents. But if I should take notice of all that might be observed in your Lordship, I should have nothing new to say upon any other character of distinction. I am,
I E Spectator's prefatory discourse, and account of
Letters to the ugly club; from Hecatifa, &c.
T H E
N° 1. Thursday, March 1, 1710-11.
Non fumum ex fulgore, fed ex fumo dare lucem
Hor. Ars Poet. ver. 143.
One with a flash begins, and ends in smoke;
HAVE observed, that a reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure, till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor, with other particulars of the like nature, that conduce very much to the right understanding of an author. To gratify this curiosity, which is so natural to a reader, I design this paper and my next as prefatory discourtes to my following writings, and Thall give some account in them of the several persons that are engaged in this work. As the chief trouble of compiling, digesting,