Joseph Addison

Walter Graham (ed.), The Letters of Joseph Addison

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pg 7375. To Jean Le Clerc1


I am ashamed that I have not yet thank'd you for your kind Letter but I was unwilling to trouble you till I had seen my Ld Halifax who has bin so much taken up about the Scotch Union and other publick Business that it has bin difficult to find an Opportunity of speaking with him. He called on me very lately and told me that he had read over your Letter and woud endeavour to manage that Affaire to Your Satisfaction.2 In the mean time he orders me to present his Humble service to you and assure you that he will endeavour to serve you with all the secrecy that you desire. Perhaps it woud not be amisse for you to write a Letter of Acknowledgement to My Ld Halifax and if you please to honour me with your Commands in relation to this or any other Business that you have in England you shall always find me with great Zeal & Sincerity

  • Sir
  • Your most Obedient and most Humble Servt
  • J. Addison

  • Whitehall [Friday]
  • May. 23. 1707.

Address: [Amsterdam]—Bibliotheek der Universiteit, Amsterdam.—A. Barnes, Jean Le Clerc et la République des Lettres, Paris, 1938.

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Editor’s Note
1 Le Clerc was, at this time, Professor of Philosophy, Belles-lettres and Hebrew in a Remonstrant seminary in Amsterdam. His review of Addison's Remarks on Several Parts of Italy appeared, during this year in his Bibliothèque choisie (tom. xi. 198–217; 1707). It was translated into English by Lewis Theobald in 1715, and published in London as Observations on Mr. Addison's Remarks on Italy.
Editor’s Note
2 This letter is printed with an interesting note in Jean Le Clerc et la République des Lettres, by Annie Barnes (Paris, 1938). An attempt was being made to install Le Clerc as librarian to Queen Anne—an attempt which was not successful. It is to the negotiations that Addison refers.
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