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THE SECOND EDITION.

THE flattering reception with which the

former Edition of these select Essays has been honoured, demands the sincere acknowledgments of the Editor and Publisher. In forming the collection, and adapting it, both by price and size, to general circulation, they were convinced that its unique appearance would insure it a certain degree of approbation : but the success which it has met with has been beyond their expectations; and they can only attribute it to the intrinsic merit of the articles which have been compressed into these volumes.

In the present Edition, some few frivolous essays, originally written by anonymous authors, for the SPECTATOR, have been omitted, and their places filled with the more elegant and pious pieces of Addison. The greatest VOL. I.

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attention has been paid to correctness in the typography,

Encouraged by the reception of the first Edition of this work, the Editor has since prepared a similar edition of THE WORLD, which is now published, and in which are preserved all the pleasant and interesting essays of Mr. Moore, the original conductor, Lord Chesterfield, and the other eminent contributors. THE GUARDIAN, in the same form, is also in a state of forwardness. .

October, 1808.

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* For the cause of this uncertainty, see Tickell's
Life in the Introduction, page xx.

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