Shy, humorous, courteous, Addison steadily grew popular.
Addison and I are as different as black and white, and I believe our friendship will go off by this business of party.
It was while Addison was in Ireland that Richard Steele started a paper called the Tatler.
Yet, says Steele, long after, speaking of himself and Addison, "There never was a more strict friendship than between those gentlemen, nor had they ever any difference but what proceeded from their different way of pursuing the same thing.
The Tatler, especially after Addison joined with Steele in producing it, was a great success.
Sir John gave very good reasons, says Addison, but as they are somewhat long "I pass over them in silence."*
Addison and Steele carried on the Tatler for two years, then it was stopped to make way for a far more famous paper called the Spectator.
As Addison had now no Government post, it left him all the more time for writing, and his essays in the Spectator are what we chiefly remember him by.
In order to give interest to the paper, instead of dating the articles from various coffee-houses, as had been done in the Tatler, Addison and Steele between them imagined a club.
This on- looker, there can be little doubt, was meant to be a picture of Addison himself.
As he there gives us a clear picture of England in the time of Edward III, so Addison gives us a clear picture of England in the time of Anne.
But in the days when Joseph Addison and Richard Steele wrote the Spectator, there were no novels.