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Excerpt from Sir Roger De Coverley Papers From the Spectator
Fortunately for the reader the editor is, by the peculiar nature of the material of this volume, deprived of any discretionary rights or privileges. To subject even the disconnected essays of the Spectator to the process of abridgment was a task which, like the hang ing of criminals, was no more pleasurable because of its necessity to the welfare of the public; to omit any of the recollections of Sir Roger, however, or of any one inspired by the example of the old man's life, would be to transcend the bounds of necessity and propriety. The papers herein published are, therefore, complete as originally published, while the essays omitted are only those in which Sir Roger appears so seldom that the reader in search of him would arise from his unsuccess ful task with a strong sense of having been deceived.
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