Excerpt from Of the Inheritance of English Literature: An Address Delivered Before the Miami Chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi Society, on the Evening of August 11, 1846
The style of Addison is now very familiar, and appears the natural offspring of English thought and feeling; ... but where was the style of Addison, before Addison wrote? It was not in literature. Was it to be found in conversation, and did Addison take it thence? Very few can yet attain unto it, even with the model before them. But the style of Addison did not differ, by any violent degree, from What had been already established as classical English. For, although he introduced a variety, he had been educated upon the works of his predecessors; and from them adopted all the essentials of a native style. He is still more English than _addisonian.
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