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New Letters to the Tatler and Spectator

EditorRichmond P. Bond

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Ninety-six letters to the Tatler and the Spectator, representing what is probably the largest extant body of unpublished material relating directly to the two journals, appeared for the first time in print in this book.

The original letters were not published in the Tatler or the Spectator, but they were preserved by the editors and eventually found their way into the Marlborough and the Tickell collections. They have been prepared for publication and edited, with notes and an introduction, by an authority in the field of early periodicals.

The letters will be of especial interest to students of early eighteenth-century England, for few literary forms more clearly reflect the times in which they are written than the letter, particularly the letter to the editor. A wide range of writers is represented—the inarticulate and the witty, the serving maid and the gentleman. Subject matter is equally diverse, including such topics as women's petticoats, free thinking, the state lottery, the nuisance of a smoking wife, cock-throwing, and Platonic love.

Why the letters were not published in the Tatler or the Spectator is a matter for conjecture. Some of them were apparently used by Addison or Steele as topics for essays. Occasionally a letter was received or rewritten by the editors and printed in an altered form. Whatever the reason for their survival, these letters will be of value to students of language and literary journalism, social conditions, and popular philosophy.

Richmond P. Bond (1899–1979), the editor of this book, was Kenan Professor of English at the University of North Carolina.
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Title:New Letters to the Tatler and SpectatorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Letters to the TATLER
    • 1. Follies of the Town
    • 2. An Experience with Sharpers
    • 3. A Threat from a Sharper
    • 4. Dental Hygiene
    • 5. Support for Bickerstaff against Sharpers
    • 6. Virtue and Riches
    • 7. Extempore Prayers
    • 8. Love for Mr. Bickerstaff
    • 9. Dexterous Ways of News Writers
    • 10. Usher at the Table of Fame
    • 11. Cure of the Spleen
    • 12. Canes in a Public House
    • 13. The Speaking Doctor of Kensington
    • 14. A Rich Quaker Lady
    • 15. A Pious Widow
    • 16. Platonic Love by Correspondence
    • 17. Verses to Be Prefixed to the Tatler
    • 18. Truthful Writing
    • 19. Exportation of Grain
    • 20. Lively Dead Men
    • 21. Women as Scandalmongers
    • 22. Seduction of Young Virgins
    • 23. Rum Fellows
    • 24. An Accident with a Cane
    • 25. Reprinting of the Tatler
    • 26. Rules about Laughter
    • 27. Request for the Tatler
    • 28. Lashing Attorneys
    • 29. Abuse of the Law
    • 30. Letting of Chambers to a Tradesman
    • 31. Noise and Knockers
    • 32. Matrimonial Prerogatives
    • 33. Ladies’ Riding Habits
    • 34. Wide Quilted Petticoats
    • 35. Funeral of a Sharper
    • 36. Bickerstaff’s Breaking of His Word
    • 37. Petition of Lacemen
    • 38. Drama and Opera
    • 39. Opera
    • 40. An Injured Author
    • 41. A Glister Driver
    • 42. Troubles of a Servant Maid
    • 43. A Visit to a Country Relation
    • 44. A Vision of Love
    • 45. A Lustful Sea Captain
    • 46. Gratitude and Noble Resolutions
    • 47. Reason and Religion
    • 48. Humble Thanks from the Chanticleers
    • 49. Ladies’ Paint and Cock-Knocking
    • 50. Gaming, Elections, and Women’s Portions
    • 51. Scholarships for Boys
    • 52. Revenge of an Injured Mistress
    • 53. A Noisy Knight
    • 54. Intelligence from Edinburgh
    • 55. False Report of Marriage
    • 56. Abuse of Credit by Noblemen
    • 57. Characters of Dr. Sacheverell
    • 58. Servants as Guardians
    • 59. “Good Mr. Bickerstaff”
    • 60. A Smoking Wife
    • 61. Petticoats
    • 62. Ladies’ Letters to Men
    • 63. A Lover’s Disappointment
    • 64. Request to Answer Former Letters
    • 65. Love and Coquetry
    • 66. Request to Insert a Former Letter
    • 67. A Quarrel between Fencing Masters
    • 68. Promotion of Cook to Barkeeper
    • 69. A Married Woman’s Dilemma
    • 70. Friendship
  • Letters to the SPECTATOR
    • 71. An Overbearing Father
    • 72. A Lady with Two Suitors
    • 73. “Follow Nature”
    • 74. Multiplication Table and Beau at Bath
    • 75. A Vicious Friend
    • 76. The Death of a Beloved Wife
    • 77. Text from Lucan and Verses to Mr. Spectator
    • 78. A Truthful Tradesman
    • 79. Ladies as Landlords
    • 80. An Impatient Lover
    • 81. A Lottery Hoax
    • 82. Divine Verses
    • 83. Inequality of Souls
    • 84. Advancement of Virtue
    • 85. Understanding and Counsel
    • 86. Religion and Charity
    • 87. Marriage for Money
    • 88. A Club of Corporal Wits
    • 89. Chiromancy
    • 90. A Lover’s Repentance
    • 91. Love Casuistry
    • 92. Choice of Employment
    • 93. The Ruin of a Young Lady
    • 94. The Joining of Two Souls
    • 95. An Alchemist
    • 96. An Intimation of Immortality