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BIOGRAPHICAL, CRITICAL, AND HISTORICAL,

ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE
RAMBLER, ADVENTURER, & IDLER,

AND OF THE VARIOUS

PERIODICAL PAPERS

WHICH, In Imitation of the Writings of Steele and Addison,

HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED Between the Close of the eighth volume of the Spectator, and the commencement of the year 1809. BY NATHAN DRAKE, M. D.

AUTHOR OF LITERARY HOURS,

AND OF

ESSAYS ON THE TATLER, SPECTATOR, AND GUARDIAN.

Evolvendi penitus auctores qui de virtute præcipiunt, ut

- vita cum scientia divinarum rerum sit humanarumque conjuncta.

QUINTILIANUS.

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PRINTED BY J. SEELEY, BUCKINGHAM,
FOR W. SUTTABY, STATIONERS COURT, LONDON.

1809.

| THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

54.16724 ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

R 1931 L

PREFACE.

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I HE plan of these volumes being, in several respects, different from that which was adopted for the Essays on the Tatler, Spectator, and Guardian, I have thought it necessary to place before the reader, in this Preface, a connected view of its construction.

· It is divided, as in the former work, into five Parts, and these parts into Essays; but, for the purpose of compression, the Dissertations on Style, Humour, Ethics, &c. instead of being

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