He was a spectator rather than an actor on the stage of the world.
In that garb he'd make a better spectator than anything else.
In June 1830 The Northern Spectator was suspended.
His style in its simplicity, facility and clearness owed something to De Foe, something to Cotton Mather, something to Plutarch, more to Bunyan and to his early attempts to reproduce the manner of the third volume of the Spectator; and not the least to his own careful study of word usage.
Rome, even in the 19th century, had been a spectator of many changes in the political world.