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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A celebrated English essayist, studied at Oxford, became Fellow of Magdalen, was a Whig in politics, held a succession of Government appointments, resigned the last for a large pension; was pre-eminent among English writers for the purity and elegance of his style, had an abiding, refining, and elevating influence on the literature of the country; his name is associated with the Tatler, Spectator , and Guardian , as well as with a number of beautiful hymns (1672-1749).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Addison, Joseph'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/a/addison-joseph.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.