The Letters of Richard Steele

The Letters of Richard Steele

The Letters of Richard Steele

The Letters of Richard Steele

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Most of Steele's Letters that have come down to us were printed in The Epistolary Correspondence of Sir Richard Steele, in two volumes, 1787, edited by John Nichols. After this issue, further manuscripts were discovered by, or sent to, Nichols, who printed them, with fragments of three plays, etc., in 1809; the new letters, mostly undated, occupying about thirty pages.

Both manuscripts were then deposited in the British Museum, where some of Nichols' notes, conjectural dates, emendations, can be read, with a few most interesting comments by Lady Steele herself, who often added dates, which were sometimes, but not always, accepted by Nichols.

The text of letters selected here have been collated from the original manuscripts, correcting errors made by Nichols and, in some cases, finding a different interpretation of words written indistinctly. I have restored all Steele's abbreviations and irregular spellings, though not his absolutely haphazard use of capital letters. Any word omitted in the original (from obvious carelessness) is added within square brackets, some of them written in by Nichols, but not indicated as insertions. I have . . .

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