y to mention his papers on the Distress of the News-Writers; on the poetaster, Ned Softly; on the pedant and "broker in learning," Tom Folio; on the Political Upholsterer, who was more inquisitive to know what passed in Poland than in his own family; and on the Adventures of a Shilling. His, too, are the Vision of Justice; the story of a dream; and the amusing account of the visit to London of Sir Harry Quickset, who, with his old-world breeding, was the forerunner of Sir Roger de Coverley.
Unlike the members of the Spectator's Club, the dramatis personÃ¦ introduced in the Tatler do not occupy a very prominent place in the development of the work. Isaac Bickerstaff himself, an old man of sixty-four, "a philosopher, an humourist, an astrologer, and a censor," is rather vaguely sketched, and his familiar, Pacolet, is made use of chiefly in the earlier numbers. The occasional references to Bickerstaff's half-sister, Jenny Distaff, and her husb