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WINDSOR:
PRINTED AND SOLD BY C. KNIGHT, CASTLE-STREET;
SOLD ALSO BY MR. STOCKDALE, PICCADILLY; MR. R. S,

KIRBY, LONDON-HOUSE-YARD; MR. WALKER,
PATERNOSTER-ROW ; AND MR. MAWMAN,

POULTRY, LONDON ;
ALSO BY MR. R. BLISS, OXFORD.
1809. U

b usy

MD

WEW YORK

CONTENTS.

No.

Page.

1. Introduction.--Pursuits and Intentions of the

Author.- Invitation to Correspondents .............. 1

2. On Swearing.-Its extensive influence and use

in common conversation, and in the common occurrences
of life.-Scheme for teaching the Art of Swearing, re-
commended to any projector..... ............... 8

3. Billet from Narcissus, a Dead Lounger.-Re-

flections on Apathy.-Sunday's Diary of Narcissus,
- Vacancy in the Lounging Club.The Seat offered

to Gregory Griffin.-His Introduction............. 17

. 4. The Love of Fame.--Unjust distribution of

praise.-Actions of splendid success gain more admira-

tion than those of useful benevolence.Diferent effects

of the Love of Fame at different periods of time.--

Cursory Remark on cyphers.- Irregular Ode. ...... 25

5. Speculation on History. The Rise and Fall of
Empires.- Possibility of England's downfall.--Reflec-
tions on the probable consequences of it.- Poem on the
Slavery of Greece....

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6. Letter from Musidorus on the Government of the

Passions, and on silly peculiarities of behaviour.-
From Octavius, a candidate for the vacant seat in the
Lounging Club, with an account of a Society of Idlers.

From Observator, giving an account of the various

opinions formed concerning the Microcosm........... 47

7. Letter from a fellow-citizen, complaining of cer-

tain waggaries of an old gentleman,-ridiculousness of

pointless jests,--and witticisms duly expected, and dis-

gusting as well from the awkward merriment as fre-

quency of repetition.Cautions against the use of such.

- Reflections on the Nature of Wit.--- Proposals for

opening a Warehouse for all the branches of that com-

modity. .......

.............. 56

8. On Family Pride.-Moderation of Gregory

Griffin in not boasting of his Ancestors.-Different

Notions of Pride as conceived by different persons.-

Folly of the Opinion that Mankind degenerates.- Mis-

application of the word Antediluvian.- Antiquity of a

British Family certainly not honourable. Particular

duty of Men of Family.- Equitable treatment of the

Citizens of the lesser World. ......... ........ 65

9. Unity of Design in the Structure of a Poem.-

Allusion to Local Circumstances censured.-Poetry

being defined to be an universal language.--Blackmore

not inferior in his Designs to the Poets of Antiquity.

Remark on Dryden.-Examples of locality,--Homer,

Chaucer, Pope. ........

........... 72

10. On Genius.--Complaints of its paucity ill-

founded, as proceeding from want of cultivation.

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