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S it is natural to have a fondness for what has coft us much time and attention to produce, I hope your Grace will forgive and endeavour to preferve this work from oblivion, by VOL. IV. A affixing
affixing to it
I shall not here presume to mention the illuftrious paffages of your life, which are celebrated by the whole age, and have been the fubject of the moft fublime pens; but if I could convey you to posterity in your private character, and defcribe the ftature, the behaviour and afpect of the Duke of Marlborough, I queftion not but it would fill the reader with more agreeable images, and give him a more delightful entertainment than what can be found in the following, or any other book.
One cannot indeed without offence, to yourself, observe, that you excel the rest of mankind in the leaft, as well as the greatest