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No. I.-Introduction- Pursuits and intentions of the

Author--Invitations to Correspondents


II.-On Swearing--Its extensive influence and use in

common conversation, and in the common occurrences of

life-Scheme for teaching the Art of Swearing, recom-

mended to any projector


III.- Billet from Narcissus, a dead lounger-Reflections

on apathy-Sunday's diary of Narcissus—Vacancy in the

Lounging Club—The seat offered to Gregory Griffin-

his introduction


IV.-The love of fame-Unjust distribution of praise--

Actions of splendid success gain more admiration than

those of useful benevolence-Different effects of the love

of fame at different periods of time-Cursory remark

on ciphers—Irregular ode


V.-Speculation on history-The rise and fall of empires--

Possibility of England's downfall-Reflections on the

probable consequence of it--Poem on the slavery of Greece 34

VI.-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 Microcosin


VII.-Letter from a fellow-citizen, complaining of certain

waggeries of an old gentleman, ridiculousness of point-

less jests, and witticisms duly expected, and disgusting,

as well from the awkward merriment, as frequency of

repetition-Cautions against the use of such-Reflec-

tions on the nature of wit-Proposals for opening a

warehouse for all the branches of that commodity



VIII.-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—Misapplication 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


IX.–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


X.-On genius-Complaints of its paucity ill-founded, as

proceeding from want of cultivation-Genius to be dis-
covered even in the dark ages--The land of liberty, the
land of genius-Decay of eloquence and temporary du-
ration of poetry, after the enslavement of Rome by
Augustus—A series of learned men produced by Greece
-Some remarks on an unfair position in the 127th
paper of the Adventurer,The falsehood of a maxim very

generally received


XI.-Gregory Griffin proposes a display of his critical

abilities—Critique on the heroic poem of the Knave of



XII.-Conclusion of the critique-Admonition to the Au-

thor's fellow-citizens on the subject of the ornamental

devices to be prefixed to their poems on the Restoration 95

XIII.-Reflections on the folly of supposing gradual de.

generacy in mankind-Fiction of the golden age-Civi-

lisation by no means so injurions to the virtue of mankind

as it is represented—The love of pleasure conducive to

civilisation-Conduct of Agricola in the reduction of

Britain, and of the first subduers of America, contrasted

-Change of Manners in Sparta-in Rome—in the Eng-

lish, after the Restoration


XIV.-Letter from Cæmeterius on epitaphs-From a

Country Girl, on loud whisperers--Resolutions of Mr.

Griffin's committee


XV.-Letter from Alfred on true and false glory-From

Christopher Cutjoke, on the miseries consequent on being

witty-From Ironiculus, a poem on the art of lying 117

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XVI.-On language--The causes which contribute to the

improvement or alteration of it-The progress of the

English language


XVII.-Letter from a correspondent on the nature and

extent of politeness-From Arthur Cassock-his mise-
rable situation as private tutor in a gentleman's family

described-FromĖtonensis, a poem on taking leave of Eton 129

XVIII.-On the universal curiosity to know what others

think of one-Disagreeable consequences of indulging

that curiosity-Danger of speaking our sentiments of

other people too freely to those whom we do not know-

Instance of the effects of such a conduct-The advantage

Gregory Griffin enjoys, by being able, himself undis-

covered, to find out the sentiments of his fellow-citizens,

with regard to himself and his work-Various opinions

on the subject-Various conjectures about the author-

Specimen of letters of advice from different correspondents

-Story of Apelles


XIX.--History of Frederic


XX.-Reflections on the character and conduct of Julius

Cæsar-His clemency opposed to the cruel behaviour of

Sylla and Augustus-Mercy rarely recommended as a

virtue by the ancients, but the offspring of christianity 154

XXI.-Letter from a correspondent, containing reflections

on a line of Virgil, on a parish register, on the desire of

posthumous fame, and an eulogy on Mr. Powel, the fire-


XXII.-Letter from H. Homespun, containing a complaint

against prejudices ill-founded and injurious to any body

of men, particularly those which are directed against

tailors and weavers-Analogy between the art of weaving

and the art of poetry-Proposals for drawing all metaphors

of the loom from our home manufactures- -Mr. Griffin's

opinion on the letter of his correspondent, and his en-

forcement of Mr. Homespun's advice


XXIII.-On government-The patriarchal—The monar-

chical—The States of Greece--The modification of the
Roman government considered— Remark on some lines
of Virgil-Folly of too much refinement in tracing the
origin of particular forms of government The Feudal

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