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1 Difficulty of the first address. Practice of the epick poets.

Convenience of periodical performances

2 The necessity and danger of looking into futurity. Wri-

ters naturally sanguine. Their hopes liable to disap-

pointment . .


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3 An allegory on criticism

4 The modern form of romances preferable to the ancient.

The necessity of characters morally good . .

5 A meditation on the Spring . .

6 Happiness not local . . .

7 Retirement natural to a great mind. Its religious use.

8 The thoughts to be brought under regulation ; as they

respect the past, present, and future

9 The fondness of every man for his profession. The gradual

· improvement of manufactures .

10 Four billets, with their Answers. Remarks on masquer-

ades . .

11 The folly of anger. The misery of a peevish old age

12 The history of a young woman that came to London for a

service .

13 The duty of secrecy. The invalidity of all excuses for be-

14 The difference between an author's writings and his con-

versation .

15 The folly of cards. A letter from a lady that has lost

her money .

16 The dangers and miseries of a literary eminence

17 The frequent contemplation of death necessary to mo-

derate the passions . .

18 The unhappiness of marriage caused by irregular motives

of choice

19 The danger of ranging from one study to another. The

importance of the early choice of a profession .

20 The folly and inconvenience of affectation .

21 The anxieties of literature not less than those of publick

stations. The inequality of authors' writings :

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The contrariety of criticism. The vanity of objection.

An author obliged to depend upon his own judgment

24 The necessity of attending to the duties of common life.

The natural character not to be forsaken . .

25 Rashness preferable to cowardice. Enterprize not to be






26 The mischief of extravagance, and misery of dependence

27 An author's treatment from six patrons

28 The various arts of self-delusion. ..

29 The folly of anticipating misfortunes .

30 The observance of Sunday recommended ; an allegory .

31 The defence of a known mistake highly culpable

32 The vanity of stoicism. The necessity of patience

33 An allegorical history of rest and labour . .

34 The uneasiness and disgust of female cowardice


35 A marriage of prudence without affection


36 The reasons why pastorals delight .


37 The true principles of pastoral poetry .

38 The advantages of mediocrity. . An eastern fable

39 The unhappiness of women whether single or married

40 The difficulty of giving advice without offending

41 The advantages of memory .

42 The misery of a modish lady in solitude

43 The inconveniencies of precipitation and confidence

44 Religion and superstition, a vision

45 The causes of disagreement in marriage

46 The mischiefs of rural faction . .

47 The proper means of regulating sorrow

48 The miseries of an infirm constitution ..

49 A disquisition upon the value of fame .

50 A virtuous old age always reverenced .

51 The employments of a housewife in the country.

52 The contemplation of the calamities of others, a remedy

for grief . . .

53 The folly and misery of a spendthrift

of a spendthrift :


54 A death-bed the true school of wisdom. The effects of

death upon the survivors . . .

55 The gay widow's impatience of the growth of her daugh-

ter. The history of miss May-pole.

56 The necessity of complaisance. The Rambler's grief for

offending his correspondents. . .

57 Sententious rules of frugality

58 The desire of wealth moderated by philosophy

59 An account of Suspirius, the human screech-owl

60 The dignity and usefulness of biography

61 A Londoner's visit to the country .

62 A young lady's impatience to see London

63 Inconstancy not always a weakness

64 The requisites to true friendship


65 Obidah and the hermit, an eastern story

66 Passion not to be eradicated. The views of women ill-


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