The following addresses were delivered at the request of various literary societies and commemorative committees. They amused me to write, and they apparently interested the audiences for which they were primarily intended. Perhaps they do not bear an appearance in print. But they are not for my brother-journalists to read nor for the judicious men of letters. I prefer to think that they are intended solely for those whom Hazlitt styled ''sensible people.'' Hazlitt said that ''the most sensible people to be met with in society are men of business and of the world.'' I am hoping that these will buy my book and that some of them will like it.