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NOTE ON THE EARLY ISSUES OF • THE SPECTATOR.”

1711, No. 1 of The Spectator appears ‘To be Continued every Day.’ Mar. 1. It is a foolscap folio, printed in two columns on each of its 1– two pages; advertisements occupying the greater part of the fourth column. The serial continues for ninety-three weeks. June 1. No. 8o appears. , ; (June 2. No. 81 appears.

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Sept. 14. No. 17o appears.

Nov. 20. No. 227 has the following announcement. “There is now Printing by Subscription two Volumes of the SPECTATORS

2nd EU, on a large character in Octavo; the Price of the two Vols, well Bound and Gilt two Guineas. Those who are inclined to Subscribe, are desired to make their first Payments to Jacob Tonson, Bookseller in the Strand ; the Books being so near finished, that they

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will be ready for the Subscribers ator before Christmas next.” \Dec. 18. No. 251 appears.

s 19. No. 252 appears.
ins" No. 262. The papers on Milton are announced.

Jan. 5. No. 267. The first paper on Paradise Lost appears.
8. No. 269 has this announcement. “The First and Second
Volumes of the SPECTAtoR in 8vo are now ready to be de-
2nt ou. livered to the Subscribers, by J. Tonson at Shakespear's Head
over-against Catherine-street in the Strand.”
Jan. 12. No. 273. The second Milton paper appears.
18. No. 278 advertises “This Day is Published, A very neat
Pocket Edition of the SPECTATor, in 2 Vols. 12°. Printed for
3rt 3GU, Sam. Buckley at the Dolphin in Little-Britain, and J. Tonson at
Shakespear's Head over—against Catherine-street in the Strand.”
Jan. 19-Mar. 8. Eight more papers on Paradise Lost appear.

/ There is no announcement in the Original issue, when Vols. III and IV were ready for delivery to the subscribers of the first 2nt, où. two, of which they were issued, with an Index, as a completion. Vol. III contains a List of the subscribers to the second edition of these earlier numbers of The Spectator. The list contains 402 names, including a large proportion of aristocratic titles; and among other the names of Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Richard April 2 Blackmore, &c. The probability is that as the subscribers would naturally complete their sets, the reprinting would go ona little in arrear of the Original issue, and that these volumes were delivered some time in April. The 4 volumes apparently realized £1,608. Aug. 1. Io. Annoe, c. 18 comes into force. . It op. a Stamp duty of an Halfpenny upon every, Pamphlet or Paper contained in Half a Sheet, and One Shilling upon every printed advertisement.—Statutes ix. 617. This stamp is still seen on many copies. |Nov. 11. No. 533 advertises “This Day is Publish'd, A very neat 3rd £U. Pocket edition of the 3d and 4th Väänä of the Sáectator in 12°. To which is added a compleat Index to the whole 4 Volumes, &c." Dec. 6. No 555, Steele announcing, in his own name, the conclusion of the series, states, “I have nothing more to add, but having swelled this Work to 555 Papers, they will be disposed into 2nt ob. seven Volumes, four of which are already publish'd, and the three others in the Press. It will not be demanded of me why I now leave off, tho' I must own myself obliged to give an Account to the Town of my Time hereafter, since I retire when their Partiality to me is so great, that an Edition of the former Volumes of •Spectators of above Nine thousand each Book is already sold off, and the Tax on each half Sheet has brought into the StampOffice one Week with another above 201, a Week arising from this single Paper, notwithstanding it at first reduced it to less than \ half the number that was usually Printed before this Tax was laid.” He is evidently referring to the original daily issues.

Two years later, The Spectator was revived for about six months.

VIII. 1714. June 18–Dec. 20. Nos 556–635 are published.
Six hundred and thirty-five papers constitute “THE SPECTAtoR.'

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{Satirical Reflexions I avoid.
Another translation.
My paper flows from no satiric vein,
Contains no poison, and conveys no pain. Adapted}

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o I2 THE SPECTATOR EXPRESSES HIS SATISFACTION

When I broke loose from that great Body of Writers who have employed their Wit and Parts in propagating Vice and Irreligion, I did not question but I should be treated as an odd kind of Fellow that had a Mind to appear singular in my Way of Writing: But the general Reception I have found, convinces me that the World is not so corrupt as we are apt to imagine; and that if those Men of Parts who have been employed in viciating the Age had endeavoured to rectify and amend it, they needed not to have sacrificed their good Sense and Virtue to their Fame and Reputation. No Man is so sunk in Vice and Ignorance, but there are still some hidden Seeds of Goodness and Knowledge in him; which give him a Relish of such Reflections and Speculations as have an Aptness in” them.* to improve the Mind and to make the Heart better.

I have shewn in a former Paper, with how much Care I have avoided all such Thoughts as are loose, obscene, or immoral; and I believe my Reader would still think the better of me, if he knew the Pains I am at in qualifying what I write after such a Manner, that nothing may be interpreted as aimed at private Persons. For this Reason when I draw any faulty Charaćter, I consider all those Persons to whom the Malice of the World may possibly apply it, and take care to dash it with such particular Circumstances as may prevent all such ill-natured Applications. If I write anything on a black Man, I run over in my Mind all the eminent Persons in the Nation who are of that Complećtion: When I place an imaginary Name at the Head of a Charaćter, I examine every Syllable and Letter of it, that it may not bear any Resemblance to one that is real. I know very well the Value which every Man sets upon his Reputation, and how painful it is to be exposed to the Mirth and Derision of the Publick, and should therefore scorn to divert my Reader at the Expence of any private Man.

As I have been thus tender of every particular Person's Reputation, so I have taken more than ordi

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