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I 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 most acknowledged merit.

None but a person of a finished character, can be the proper patron of a work, which endeavours to cultivate and polifh 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 folicitous to fhun applause, as he is affiduous to deserve it. But, my Lord, this is perhaps the only particular, in which your prudence will be always disappointed.

While juftice, candour, equanimity, a zeal for the good of your country, and the most perfuafive



eloquence in bringing over others to it, are valuable diftinctions, You are not to expect that the public will to far comply with your inclinations, as to forbear celebrating fuch extraordinary qualities. It is in vain that you have endeavoured to conceal your fhare of merit, in the many national fervices which you have effected. Do what You will, the prefent age will be talking of your virtues, though posterity alone will do them juftice,

Other men pafs 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 strange that this should happen to your Lordfhip, 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 also add a certain dignity in Yourfelf, that, to say the leaft 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 prefent reign, has been indebted to your counfels and wildom.

But to enumerate the great advantages which the public has received from your adminiftration, would be a more proper work for an history than for an addrefs of this nature.

Your Lordship appears as great in your private life, as in the most important offices which you have borne. I would therefore rather choose to fpeak

speak of the pleasure You afford all who are admitted into your converfation, of your elegant tafte in all the polite parts of learning, of your great humanity and complacency of manners, and of the furprizing influence which is peculiar to You, in making every one, who converfes with your Lordfhip, prefer you to himself, without thinking the lefs meanly of his own talents. But if I fhould take notice of all that might be observed in your Lordship, I should have nothing new to fay upon any other character of diftinction. I am,


Your Lordship's

most obedient,

moft devoted,

humble Servant,




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