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instruction of the student, much amusement to the more advanced reader, who inspects the volume merely to pass away his vacant hours. Howel's Letters were, at one time, extremely popular. They have passed through many editions. Their wit, vivacity, and frankness, render them more pleasing than some more modern and more exact compositions. Many celebrated Letters, more correct and finished, have in them less wit, less fire, less fpirit, fewer ideas, and fcantier information,

Lady Rachael Russell's Letters are inserted in the Second Book, and must be allowed to constitute a very useful and ornamental part of it. They have been much admired by persons of taste and sensibility, both for their thoughts and their diction. Piety and conjugal affection, expressed in language, considering the time of its composition, fo pure and proper, cannot but afford a fine example to the female aspirants after delicacy, virtue, taste, and whatever is excellent and laudable in the wife, the widow, and the mother. Such patterns in high life cannot fail of becoming beneficial in proportion as they are more known and better abserved,

The very names indeed of those whose Letters furnish this and the remaining Books, are of themselves a sufficient recommendation of them. Locke, Shaftesbury, Pope, Swift, Addison, and a long list of others, besides those enumerated in the title-page, require only to be announced to gain a welcome reception. To dwell on the character and excellences of each, would be to abuse the Reader's patience. Most of them are of that exalted and established rank, which praise cannot now elevate, nor censure degrade,

Since then, the authors, whose Letters fill this volume, are able to speak so powerfully for themselves, why should the Reader be detained by a longer Preface from better entertainment? Things intrinsically good will be duly appreciated by a discerning Public, and require not the ostentatious display of a florid encomium. If the Letters here selected were the Letters of obscure men, a recommendatory introduction might be necessary to their ready admission; but they are the Letters of men, high in rank, high in fame, high in every quality which can excite and reward the attention of a nation, of which most of them have been at once the ornaments and the luminaries. Here indeed, like the setting fun, they shine with a fofter radiance than in their more studied works; retaining, however, their beauty and magnitude undiminished, though their meridian fervour is abated. Associated in this Compilation they unite their orbs and form a galaxy: they charm with a mild, diffusive, light, though they no longer dazzle with a noon-day splendour.

But

But it is time to conclude, since to proceed in recommending those who recommend themselves, is but an officious ceremony; yet the Editor, before he withdraws himself, begs leave to ask the Reader one question: Would he not think it a pleasure and a happiness, beyond the power of adequate eftimation, to be able to sit down whenever he pleases, and enjoy, at his fire-side, the conversation of Cicero and Pliny, of the noble Sydneys, of the lively Howel, of Pope, of Gray, of Sterne, of Johnson, and of all the other illustrious persons, whose familiar, unstudied Letters, fill the volume before him ? That pleasure, and that happiness, however great, he may here actually enjoy in as great perfection as is now possible, fince Death has filenced their eloquent tongues. By a very slight effort of imagination, he may suppose himself, while he revolves these pages, in the midst of the intelligent, cheerful, social, circle; and when satisfied with the familiar conversation of one, turning to another, equally excellent and entertaining in his way, though on a different subject, and in a diversified style. Happy intercourse, remote from noise, from care, from strife, from envy! and happy those who have leisure, fense, and taste, to relish it!

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BOOK 1.-Ancient Letters,

Page

41
ibid.

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SECTION 1.

Letter

Freibe Letters of MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO

60 To Tiro

w leveral of bis Friends, as translated by William

61 To the same

Memoth; Eja.

62 To the same

63 To the fame

Leiter

Page 64 To Terentia and to Tullia

ITO Terentia, to my deareft Tullia, and 65 To the same

to my son

66 To Tiro

: From the same to the same

67 To Rufus

3 From the same to the same

68 To Terentia

4 To Terentia

69 To the same

5 To Fabius Gallus

70 To the same

6 To Publius Lentulus, Proconful

71 To the same

7 To the same

ibid.

72 To the same

8 To Lucius Lucceius

ibid.

73 To the same

9 To Quintus Ancharius, Proconful

10 34 To the same

10 To Fabius Gallus

ibid.

75 To the same

u To Marcus Marius

76 To Titius

12 To Quintus Philippus, Proconsul

77 To Terentia

13 To Marcus Licinius Craffus

ibid. 78 To the same

14 To Julius Cæfar

15 79 To the same

as To Trebatius

16 80 To Acilius, Proconsul

16 To the same

17

81 To Terentia

17 To the same

ibid. 82 To the same

:: To the same

18

83 To the same

19 To the same

ibid. 84 To the same

20 To Munatius

19 85 To the same

21 To Trebatius

ibid. 86 To the same

22 To the same

87 To Trebonius

*} To Quintus Philippus, Proconsul ibid. 88 To Acilius, Proconsul

24 To Lucius Valerius, the Lawyer

22 89 To the same

35 To Caies Curio

ibid.

go To Lucius Papirius Pætus

26 To Trebatius

23 91 To Acilius, Proconsul

27 To the same

24 92 To Marcus Terentius Varro

28 To Caius Curio

ibid.

93 To Allienus, Proconsul

29 TO Trebatius

ibid. 94 To Lucius Mescinius

30 To Cornificius

25 95 To Varro

31 To Trebatius

ibid.

96 To the same

32 To Caius Curio

26

97 To the same

33 To Trebatius

ibid.

98 To Papirius Pætus

34 To Memmius

27 99 To Volumnius

35 To Cajus Curio

ibid. 100 To Papirius Pætus

36 To Trebatius

28

101 To the same

37 To Publius Sextius

ibid. 102 To the same

33 To Titus Fadius

29 | 103 To the same

39 To Ticus Titius

ibid.

104 To the same

40 To Marcus Cælius

30 | 105 To Marcus Marius

41 To Caius Marcellus, Consul elect ibid.

106 To Servius Sulpicius

* To Caius Marcellus

31 107 To Gallus

43 To Lucius Paulus, Consul elect ibid. 108 To Trebianus

44 To Thermus, Proprætor

ibid. | 109 To Papirius Pætus

45 To Marcus Cælius, Curule-Ædile elect

32 110 To Marcus Brutus

46 To Publius Silius, Proprætor

ibid.

11 To the same

47 To Thermus, Proprætor

33

48 To Caius Caftus, Proquæstor

112 To L. Papirius Pætus

ibid. 113 To Ampius

49 To Marcus Cælius, Curule- Ædile 35 | 114 To Titus Furfanius, Proconsul

50 To Curtius Peducæanus, Prætor ibid. 115 To Servius Sulpicius

51 To Appius Pulcber

ibid.

vó To Lepta

52 To C. Titius Rufus, Prætor

36 | 117 To Caius Caffius

53 To Silius

37 | 18 To Dolabella

54 To Publius Cæfus

ibid.

119 To Aulus Torquatus

55 To the Magiftrates of Fregellæ

ibid. 120 To Caius Caffius

56 To Papirius Pætus

ibid. 121 Cassius to Cicero

57 To Marcus Calius, Curule-Ædile

38 122 To Cæfar

58 To Marcus Cato

59 To Tercatia and Tullia

39 123 To the fame

ibid. 124 Quintus Cicero to Marcus Cicero

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Letter

Page Letter

78 27 To Caninius

126 To Dolabella

79

28 To Tranquilus

127 Servius Sulpicius to Cicero

ibid.

29 To Catilius

128 To Servius Sulpicius

81 30 To Proculus

129 To Lucius Lucceius

82

31 To Nepos

130 Lucceius to Cicero

83

32 To Servianus

131 To Lucius Lucceius

84

33 To Maximus

132 To Tiro

ibid. 34 To Fabatus

133 Vatinius to Cicero

85

35 To Clemens

ibid. 36 To Antoninus

135 To Varro

86

37 To Naro

136 To Tiro

87 38 To Lepidus

137 To Lepta

ibid. 39 To Arrianus

138 To Dolabella

88 40 To Cornelius Tacitus

139 Vatinius to Ciccro

ibid. 41 To Valerius Paulinus

140 To Curius

89 42 To Gallus

141 To Auctus, Proconful

90

43 To Hifpulla

142 To Curius

ibid. 44 To Maximus

91 45 To Velius Cerealis

144 To Bithynicus

ibid. 46 To Rutus

145 To Tiro

ibid. 47 To Pomponius Bassus

146 To Dolabella, Consul

92 48 To Valens

147 To Trebonius

93 49 To Maximus

148 Trebonius to Cicero

94 So To Nepos

.149 To Masius

51 To Licinius

150 Matius to Cicero

96

52 To Flaccus

351 To Trebatius

98 53 To Maximus

152 To Plancus

ibid. 54 To Apollinaris

153 To the same

99 55 To Capito

154 To Tiro

ibid. 56 To Saturninus

155 To Cornificius

57. To Fabatus

156 Cicero the Son, to his dearest Tiro ibid.

58 To Pontius

157 From the same, to Tiro

101 59 To Marcellinus

158 Bithynicus to Cicero

102 60 To Spurinna

159 To Plancus

ibid. 61 To Macer

160 Plancus to Cicero

103 62 To Paulinus

161 To Plancus

63 To Rufus

262 To Lucius Papirius Pætus

ibid. 64 To Calphurnia

65 To the fam
SECTION II.

66 To Prifcus
From the Leiters of PLINY obe Crful, ro feceral of 68 To Albinus

67 To Tacitus
bis Frier.ds, as truar fared by William Melmoth,
Eja:

69 To Maxinius

70 To Fubitus

1 To Caninius Rufus

106

71 To Mauricus

2 To Pompeia Celerina

107

72 To Romanus

3 To Cornelius Tacitus

ibid.

73 To Tacitus

4 To Minutius Fundamus

ibid.

74 To Reftitutus

5 To Atrius Clemens

75 To Cornelius Tacitus

6 To Caleftrius Tiro

109

76 To Carinius

7 To Junius Mauricus

110 77 To Triarius

8 To Septitius Clarus

78 To Servianus

9 To Erucius

ibid.

79 To Pontius

1o To Cornelius Tacitus

86 To Quintilian

11 To Catilius Severus

81 To Reftitutus

12 To Bebius

116

82 To Przfens

13 To Voconius Romanus

ibid. 83 To Calphurnia

14 To Paulinus

117 84 To Saturninus

15 To Nepos

118

85 To Prifcus

16 To Caninius

86 To Tufcus

17 To Atavius

ibid. 87 To Saturninus

18 To Prifcus

88 To Prifcus

19 To Valerianus

89 To Tacitus

20 To Gallus

ibid.

90 To Falco

21 To Mauricus

124 91 To Rufus

32 To Cerealis

ibid.

92 To Maximus
23 To Calvitius

93 To Septitius
24 To Hilpulia

1 26

94 To Genitor

25 To Macer

127 05 To Cornutus

26 To Severus

96 To Fabacus

100

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BOOK II.-Modern Letters, of early Dale.

SECTION 1.

Letter

25 Sir Philip Sidney to Edward Molineux,
Miscellaneous of early Date.

Secretary to his father as Lord De-
Lester

Page

puty

I HENRY VIII. to Anne Bullen

197 26 Edward Molineux, Esq. to Philip Sidney,

To the same

ibid.

in answer to the above

ibid.

3 To the same

198 27 Sir Henry Sidney to his son Sir Philip

4 To the same

ibid.

Sidney

ibid.

$ To the same

ibid.

28 Lady Mary Sidney to Edmund Molineux,

6 To the same

199

Esq.

; Queen Anne Bullen to King Henry

215

ibid.

29 Sir Henry Sidney to his son Robert Sid-
S A Letter from Lady More to Mr. Secre-

ney, afterwards Earl of Leicester ibid.

Cary Cromwell

200

30 Lady Mary Sidney to Edmund Molineux,

9 Lady Stafford to Mr. Secretary Cromwell ibid. Esq.
10 Eæl of Effer to Queen Elizabeth

31 Sir Henry Sidney to Arthur Lord Grey,
11 Lord Chancellor Egerton to the Earl of Efex 202 Lord Deputy of Ireland, how to pro-
12 The Earl's Answer

203

ceed in his government of that king-
33 Sir Henry Sidney to his son Philip Sid.

dom

ibid.
ney, at school at Shrewsbury, An.

32 Sir Philip Sidney to his brother Robert
1566. 9 Eliz. then being of the age

Sidney, who was the first Earl of

of twelve years

204

Leiceller of that name

14 Sir Henry Sidney, to Robert Dudley, 33 Robert, first Earl of Leicester, to his fa.

Earl of Leicester

205

ther, Sir Henry Sidney

15 The Right Honourable Thomas Sackvil

34 Sir Philip Sidney to Queen Elizabeth, anno

Lord Buckhurst, to Sir Henry Sidney 206

1580, persuading her not to marry

16 Sir Henry Sidney, to Robert Dudley Earl

with the Duke of Anjou

ibid.

of Leicester

ibid.

35 Sir Philip Sidney to Edmund Molineux,

17 Sir Henry Sidney to Queen Elizabeth

Esq.

227

18 Sir Henry Sidney to Mi. Secretary Wal 36 From the same to the same

228

fingham, concerning the reports of 37 Robert Sidney (afrerwards Earl of Lei-

the Earl of Efex's death

ibid.

cefter) to Edmund Molineux

ibid.

19 Sir Henry Sidney to Mr. Secretary Wal 38 Sir Philip Sidney to William Lord Bur.

Gingham

leigh

ibid.

20 Sir Heary Sidney to the Lords of the

39 Sir Philip Sidney to Sir Edward Staf.

Council

ford

ibid.

21 Jannes Lord Regent of Scotland to Sir 40 Thomas Lord Buckhurst, to Robert Dud.

Henry Sidney

ibid.

ley Earl of Leicester, on the death of

23 Sir Henry Sidney to his son Robert Sid.

Sir Philip Sidney

229

Dey, afterwards Earl of Leicester

41 Sir Thomas Sidney to his Lady ibid.

; Sir Philip Sidney to his father Sir Henry

42 Sir Henry Hobart, Knight and Baronet,

Sidney

213

24 Sir Philip Sidney to Edward Waterhouse,

Lord Chief Justice, to Robert Earl of

Leicester

230

Elg. Secretary of licland

214

43 Dorothy

212

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