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[ By Joseph Addison and Richard Steck].
VOLUME the SECOND.
To the RIGHT HONOURABLE
CHARLES LORD HALLIFAX.
IMILITUDE of manners and ftudies is ufually
mentioned as one of the strongest motives to affection and esteem; but the paffionate veneration I have for your Lordship, I think, flows from an admiration of qualities in You, of which, in the whole courfe of thefe papers, I have acknowledged myfelf incapable. While I bufy myfelf as a ftranger upon earth, and can pretend to no other than being a looker-on, You are confpicuous in the bufy and polite world, both in the world of men, and that of letters: While I am filent and unobserved in publick meetings, You are admired by all that approach you as the life and genius of the converfation. What an happy conjunction of different talents meets in him whofe whole difcourfe is at once animated by the ftrength and force of reafon, and adorned with all the grace and embellishments of wit: When learning irradiates common life, it is then in its higheft ufe and perfection; and it is to fuch as your Lordfhip, that the fciences owe the esteem which they have with the active part of mankind. Knowledge of books in reclufe men, VOL. II.