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A NEW EDITION,
IN TWELVE VOLUMES.

TO WTIICH IS PREFIXED,

AN ESSAY ON HIS LIFE AND GENIUS,
BY ARTHUR MURPHY, ESQ.

VOL. W.

CONTAINING RAMBLER, VOL. I.

,t>LONDON:

PRINTED POR a. WALKER, 3. AKERMAN, E. EDWARDS, J. HARWOOD, W. ROBINSON
AND SOUS, LIVERPOOL; E. THOMSON, MANCHESTER,' J. NOBLE, HULL]
J. WIUON, BERWICK; W. WITTS AND CO. EDINBURGH; AND R. GRIPFIN
AND CO. GDASGOW.

J. Haddon, Prinie», Tabernacle Walk.

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CONTENTS

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No. Page.

I. Difficulty of the first address. Practice of the epic poets.

Convenience of periodical performances - - - 1

■•dMHMIWMMlifiLnd danger of looking into futurity. Writers

naturally sanguine. Their hopes liable to disappointment 7

3. An allegory on criticism - - - - - - 14 ^

4. The modern form of romances preferable to the ancient. The

neces-sity of characters morally good - - - 20

5. A meditation on the Spring ------ 27 ,

n. Happiness not tosal H

Retirement natural to a great mind. Its religious use - 40-^

""bfetbaufhts to be brought under regulation; as they respect
the past, present, and future ----- 4G

he fondness of every man for his profession. The gradual

improvement of manufactures ----- 53

10. Eour billets, with their answers. Remarks on masquerades 58

11. The folly of anger. The misery of a peevish old age - 66V

12. The history of a young woman that came to London for a

service -------- 73"

""•"^H rhlfy nftrro-"" The invalidity of all excuses for betray-

ing secrets - -- -- -- --81

14. The difference between an author's writings and his conver-

sation - - 88

15. Folly of cards. A letter from a lady that has lost her money 95

-16. The dangers and miseries of a literary eminence - - 103

17. The frequent contemplation of death necessary to moderate

the passions - - - - - - - -110

18. The unhappiness of marriage caused by irregular motives of

choice - -- -- -- -- U6

19. The danger of ranging from one study to another. The im-

portance of the early choice of a profession - - 123*"*"

20. The folly and inconvenience of affectation ... 131

21. The anxieties of literature not less than those of public sta-

tions. The inequality of author's writings . - - 137

22. An allegory on wit and learning ----- 144

23. The contrariety of criticism. The vanity of objection. An

N author obliged to depend upon his own judgment - 150**

24. The necessity of attending to the duties of common life.

The natural character not to be forsaken - - - 156

25. Rashness preferable to cowardice. Enterprize not to be re-

pressed 162

26. The mischief of extravagance, and mi. •-iy of dependence - 168

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