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THE

BRITISH ESSAYISTS.

FORTY VOLUMES.

VOL. XI.

V.ll

THE

SPECTATOR,

CT

WI

HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL

PREFACE,

AND EXPLANATORY NOTES.

A NEW EDITION, IN EIGHT VOLUMES.

VOL. VII.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR J. RICHARDSON AND CO.; G. OFFER; T. TEGG;

J. SHARPE AND SON; ROBINSON AND CO.; G. WALKER;
J. EVANS AND SONS ; R. DOBSON ; J. JONES ; AND J. JOHNSON :
ALSO, J. CARFRAE, AND J. SUTHERLAND, EDINBURGH ;

AND R, GRIFFIN AND CO, GLASGOW.

1823,

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Library

THE

SPECTATOR.

N° 474. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3, 1712.

Asperitas agrestis, et inconcinna.

HoR, 1 Ep. xviii. 6.

Rude, rustic, and inelegant.

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MR. SPECTATOR, * Being of the number of those that have lately retired from the centre of business and pleasure, my uneasiness in the country where I am, arises rather from the society than the solitude of it. To be obliged to receive and return visits from, and to, a circle of neighbours, who, through diversity of age or inclination, can neither be entertaining nor serviceable to us, is a vile loss of time, and a slavery from which a man should deliver himself, if possible: for why must I lose the remaining part of my life, because they have thrown away the former part of theirs ? It is to me an insupportable affliction, to be tormented with the narrations of a set of people, who are warm in their expressions of the quick relish of that pleasure which their dogs and horses have a more delicate taste of. I do also in my heart detest and abhor that damnable doctrine and position of the

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