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

Convenience of periodical performances

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

ters naturally sanguine. Their hopes liable to disap-

pointment

3 An allegory on criticism

11

4 The modern form of romances preferable to the ancient.

The necessity of characters morally good

15

5 A meditation on the Spring

20

6 Happiness not local

24

7 Retirement natural to a great mind. Its religious use 29

8 The thoughts to be brought under regulation ; as they

respect the past, present, and future

33

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

improvement of manufactures

38

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

ades

42

11 The folly of anger. The misery of a peevish old age 48

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

service

55

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

traying secrets

59

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

versation

64

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

69

16 The dangers and miseries of a literary eminence

74

17 The frequent contemplation of death necessary to mo-

derate the passions

79

18 The unhappiness of marriage caused by irregular motives

of choice

84

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

importance of the early choice of a profession

89

20 The folly and inconvenience of affectation

95

21 The anxieties of literature not less than those of publick

stations. The inequality of authors' writings

99

2? An allegory on wit and learning

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23 The contrariety of criticism. The vanity of objection.

An author obliged to depend upon his own judgment 108

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

The natural character not to be forsaken

112

25 Rashness preferable to cowardice. Enterprize not to be

repressed

117

26 The mischief of extravagance, and misery of dependence 121

27 An author's treatment from six patrons

126

28 The various arts of self-delusion

130

29 The folly of anticipating misfortunes

136

30 The observance of Sunday recommended ; an allegory

140

31 The defence of a known mistake highly culpable

144

32 The vanity of stoicism. The necessity of patience

150

33 An allegorical history of rest and labour

154

34 The uneasiness and disgust of female cowardice

159

35 A marriage of prudence without affection

164

36 The reasons why pastorals delight

168

37 The true principles of pastoral poetry

173

38 The advantages of mediocrity. An eastern fable

178

39 The unhappiness of women whether single or married 182

40 The difficulty of giving advice without offending

186

41 The advantages of memory

191

42 The misery of a modish lady in solitude

196

43 The inconveniencies of precipitation and confidence 200

44 Religion and superstition, a vision

205

45 The causes of disagreement in marriage

210

46 The mischiefs of rural faction

214

47 The proper means of regulating sorrow

218

48 The miseries of an infirm constitution

223

49 A disquisition upon the value of fame

227

50 A virtuous old age always reverenced

231

51 The employments of a housewife in the country

235

52 The contemplation of the calamities of others, a remedy

for grief

241

53 The folly and misery of a spendthrift

245

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

death upon the survivors

240

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

ter. The history of miss May-pole

254

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

offending his correspondents

259

57 Sententious rules of frugality

264

58 The desire of wealth moderated by philosophy

268

59 An account of Suspirius, the human screech-owl

272

60 The dignity and usefulness of biography

276

61 A Londoner's visit to the country

280

62 A young lady's impatience to see London

286

63 Inconstancy not always a weakness

290

64 The requisites to true friendship

295

65 Obidah and the hermit, an eastern story

299

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

directed

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