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IN EIGHT VOLUMES.
FOR J. DUNCAN, J. & M. ROBERTSON, DUNLOP, & WILSON,
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
JOHN LORD SOMMERS,
BARON OF EVESHAM.
SHOULD not act the part of an impartial Spectator, if I dedicated the following papers to one who is not of the most confummate and moft acknowledged merit.
None but a person of a finished character, can be the proper patron of a work, which endeavours to cultivate and polish human life, by promoting virtuet and knowledge, and by recommending whatsoever may be either useful or ornamental to fociety.
I know that the homage I now pay You, is offering a kind of violence to one
who is as folicitous to fhun applaufe, as he is affiduous to deferve it. But, my Lord, this is perhaps the only particular, in which your prudence will be always difappointed.
While justice, candour, equanimity, a zeal for the good of your country, and the most persuasive eloquence in bringing over others to it, are valuable distinctions, You are not to expect that the Public will fo far comply with your inclinations, as to forbear celebrating fuch extraordinary qualities. It is in vain that You have endeavoured to conceal your share of merit, in the many national services which You have effected. Do what You will, the prefent age will be talking of your virtues, though pofterity alone will do them juftice.
Other men pass through oppofitions and contending interefts in the ways of ambition; but your great abilities have been invited to power, and importuned to accept of advancement. Nor is it ftrange that this fhould happen to your Lordship,
who could bring into the fervice of your Sovereign the arts and policies of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as the most exact knowledge of our own conftitution in particular, and of the interefts of Europe in general; to which I must alfo add, at certain dignity in yourself, that (to fay the least of it) has been always equal to thofe great honours which have been conferred upon You..
It is very well known how much the Church owed to You in the most dangerous day it ever faw, that of the arraignment of its prelates; and how far the civil. power, in the late and present reign, has been indebted to your counfels and wifdom.
But to enumerate the great advantages which the public has received from your administration, would be a more proper work for a history than for an address of this nature.
Your Lordship appears as great in your private life, as in the most important offices which You have borne. I would