chapter  4
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'John Tutchin's Ghost to Richard Steele, Esq;', 1713

It is with no small Concern I shall publish the following Account of the untimely End of a Great Man, who, for some Years past (for his Gentleman-like Stile, his Bright and Polite Way of Writing, as well as his Christian Temper in all Controversies) had, with the Greatest Justice, gain'd himself the Applause of the best Part of Mankind, as well as the Admiration of the Fair Sex, who were grown such constant Readers of his Paper, that you shou'd scarce find a Lady dressing, or drinking Tea in a Morning with her

59 Addison and Steele: The Critical Heritage

Friends, but Mr. St--le's Paper made up the best Part of the Entertainment. (1)

How then shou'd we all be affected with the Instability of all Sublunary Things; or indeed ought we not to be prepar'd, and, with the greatest Presence of Mind, be ready to encounter the various and dreadful Changes, which a Day, a Week, or a Year, may bring upon our Temper, Inclination, Reason, or the whole Fabrick it self; when we shall duly weigh and consider that neither Brightness of Parts, nor the most Solid Wisdom, which this Gentleman was so much Master of, cou'd avert his Deplorable Catastrophe.