was one of the nine Muses, the inventress of historical and
Addison is so called because his papers in the Spectator
signed by one of the four letters in this word, probably the initial
letters of Chelsea, London, Islington, Office. (See
See Professor Morley's “Introduction to the Spectator, ” on the subject.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894