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WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES BY
GEORGE A. AITKEN
AUTHOR OF "THE LIFE OF RICHARD STEELE," ETC.
WITH EIGHT ORIGINAL PORTRAITS
AND EIGHT VIGNETTES
WILLIAM HONEYCOMB, ESQ.'
HE seven former volumes of the Spectator having been dedicated to some of the most celebrated persons of the age, I take leave to inscribe this eighth and last to you, as to a gentleman who hath ever been ambitious of appearing in the best company.
You are now wholly retired from the busy part of mankind, and at leisure to reflect upon your past achievements; for which reason I look upon you as a person very well qualified for a dedication.
I may possibly disappoint my readers, and yourself too, if I do not endeavour on this occasion to make the world acquainted with your virtues. And here, sir, I shall not compliment you upon vour birth, person, or fortune, nor any other the
1 This dedication to Addison's supplementary Spectator has been supposed to be by Eustace Budgell. 2 See No. 530.