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[Henry may, however, not have been directly inspired by Addison - but indirectly by Addison via Voltaire. Voltaire's 1730 work 'Brutus' contained the line: "O gods, give us death rather than slavery". These lines were so famous in France that they were inscribed on the base of the chariot which conveyed Voltaire’s body to the Pantheon. They may well have been familiar in educated circles in the American colonies. A great Anglophile, Voltaire spent two years in England in the 1720s and would certainly have been very familiar with Addison's 'Cato'. The subjects and themes of 'Cato' and 'Brutus' are eminently similar. Please note that this contribution does not figure in the source quoted below; it is simply private speculation by Jonathan Dancourt-Cavanagh - if you have comments, please feel free to send them to my hotmail account: firstname.lastname@example.org] —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 14:37, 19 October 2007 (UTC)
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Historical character flaws
"One flaw in Addison character was a tendency to convivial excess, which nonetheless should be judged in view of the somewhat lax manners of his time" is an absurdly judgemental and self-glorifying sentence for one of us to be writing in this century. Something more neutral, perhaps?
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