Sunday, March 1, 2009
March 1: Invented Richard de Coverly (Vol. 27, pp. 83-87)
The first issue of the Spectator came out this day in 1711, the first periodical devoted to essays and writing. Sir Richard Steele and Joseph Addison collaborated on the Spectator and its predecessor, the Tatler, but today's selection is such a trifling piece of writing that one wonders why it was even included in this collection.