ADDISON, JOSEPH (1672-1719, essayist, poet and statesman)
ADDISON ON THE TATLER JUST OVER A MONTH AFTER ITS FIRST PUBLICATION.
Addison had entered into a friendly relationship with the household of the widowed Countess of Warwick in 1708, taking a particular interest in the education of the young Earl, then aged fourteen - in 1716 Addison married the Countess and Warwick became his stepson.
In December 1708 Addison was appointed Secretary of the Irish government, hence his writing from Dublin. The present letter is partly quoted by Peter Smithers, The Life of Joseph Addison, 1968, pp. 159-160. John Pountney was the young Earl's tutor.