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FRINTED FOR RICHARD EYRES, No. 186, FLEET - STREET, AND SOLD BY ALI
OTHER BOOKSELLERS IN GREAT - BRITAIN AND IRELAND,

MDCCLXXVIII

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JOHN LORD

SOMMERS,

BARON O F E V E S H A M,

M Y LO RD,
Should not act the part of an impartial Spectator, if

I dedicated the following Papers to one who is not of the moft consummate and most 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 virtue 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 solicitous to Thun applause, as he is assiduous to deserve it. But, my Lord this is perhaps the only particular, in which your prudence will be always disappointed,

Whilft justice, candor, équanimity, a zeal for the good of your country, and the moft persuafive eloquence in bringing over others to it, are valuable diftinctions, You are not to expect that the Publick will so far comply with your inclinations, as to forbear celebrating such 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 present age will be talking of your virtues, tho' pofterity alone will do them juftice.

Other men pass through oppositions and contending interest in the

ways of ambition ; but Your great abilities have been invited to power, and importuned to accept of advancement. Nor is it strange that this

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should happen to your Lordship, who could bring into the service 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 interests of Europe in general; to which I must also add, a certain dignity in Yourself, that (to say the least of it) has been always equal to those 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 saw, that of the arraignment of its prelates; and how far the Civil Power, in the late and present reign, has been indebted to your counsels and wisdom.

But to enumerate the great advantages which the publick has received from your adminiftration, would be a more proper work for an 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 born. I would therefore rather choose to speak of the pleasure You afford all who are admitted into your conversation, of Your elegant tafte in all the polite parts of learning, of Your great humanity and complacency of manners, and of the surprising influence which is peculiar to You in making every one who converses with Your Lordship, prefer You to himself, without thinking the less meanly of his own talents. But if I should take notice of all that might be observed in Your Lordship, I should have nothing new to say upon any other character of Distinction.

I am, My LORD,
Your Lordship's most obedient,
Most devoted, humble Servant,

The SPECTATOR.

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