The little vanities and eccentricities of Sir Roger de Coverley only endeared him the more to his friends and relatives, for, at heart, he was the kindest, most courteous, most considerate of men, the best type of squire of the eighteenth century, and the very opposite of such as Squire Western. Sir Roger's occasional pompousness of manner was entirely redeemed by a touching simplicity and generosity of mind, and everyone who came into contact with him was charmed by his graciousness and the sterling worth of his character. To John Williams, who talked in church during the sermon, he was stiffly reproachful (blissfully unaware that he himself was wont to slumber through other parts of the service), but to the poor outcast of a woman whom he met in Temple Garden he was supremely courteous. He disliked witches, but his innate fairness made him protect them from senseless cruelty. Although the lady he loved treated him unkindly, he would never permit her name to be mentioned except with respect. Two famous essayists, Addison and Steele, collaborated in the " Coverley Papers," which purported to be documents concerning a club of which Sir Roger was a member.