Henry Felton, 'A Dissertation on Reading the Classics' , 1715
From the second edition (1715) of 'A Dissertation on Reading the Classics, and Forming a Just Style. Written in the Year 1709' .
Upon this Occasion, my Lord, (1) I cannot pass by Your Favourite Author, the grave and facetious 'Squire Bickerstaff, who hath drawn Mankind in every Dress, and every Disguise of Nature, in a Style ever varying with the Humours, Fancies, and Follies he describes. He hath showed himself a Master in every Turn of his Pen, whether his Subject be light, or serious, and hath laid down the Rules of common Life with so much Judgment, in such agreeable, such lively and elegant Language, that from him Your Lordship at once may form Your Manners and Your Style.