English essayist, poet, and dramatist Joseph Addison.

Joseph Addison

(1672 - 1719)

In 1704, Joseph Addison became commissioner of appeals in excise—a sinecure previously held by John Locke—and published a commemorative poem of the Duke of Marlborough’s victory over the French at Blenheim. In 1711, he co-founded the influential Spectator with Richard Steele, printing around 3,000 copies per day and serving as one of its leading contributors.

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