In 1711 they began The Spectator; its first issue appeared on 1 March 1711.This paper, which was originally a daily, was published until 20 December 1714, interrupted for a year by the publication of The Guardian in 1713.
The poet referred to is Addison and the passage quoted is from Cato (V.i.
II): "Through what variety of untried being, through what new scenes and changes must we pass!
The government, specifically Lord Treasurer Godolphin, commissioned Addison to write a commemorative poem about the battle, and he produced The Campaign, which was received with such satisfaction that he was appointed Commissioner of Appeals in Halifax's government.
In 1705, with the Whigs in power, Addison was made Under-Secretary of State and accompanied Lord Halifax on a diplomatic mission to Hanover, Germany.
His last publication was The Freeholder, a political paper, in 1715–16.
He wrote the libretto for Thomas Clayton's opera Rosamond, which had a disastrous premiere in London in 1707.
In 1693, he addressed a poem to John Dryden, and his first major work, a book of the lives of English poets, was published in 1694.
His translation of Virgil's Georgics was published in the same year.
" Though the play has fallen from popularity and is now rarely performed, it was popular and often cited in the eighteenth century, with Cato being an example of republican virtue and liberty.
John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon were inspired by the play to write an epistolary exchange entitled Cato's Letters, concerning individual rights, using the name "Cato".