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* SIR,

S the profeffed design of this work is to enter

tain its readers in general, without giving of fence to any particular person, it would be difficult to find out fo proper a patron for it as yourself, there being none whose merit is more universally acknowledged by all parties, and who has made himself more friends, and fewer enemies. Your great abilities, and unquestioned integrity, in those high employments which you have pafled through, would not have been able to have raised you this general approbation, had they not been accompanied, with that moderation in an high fortune, and that affability of manners, which are so conspicuous through all parts of your life. Your averfion to any oftentatious arts of setting to show those great services which you have done the publick, has not likewise a little contributed to that universal acknowledgment which is paid you by your country.

The confideration of this part of your character, , is that which hinders me from enlarging on those extraordinary talents, which have given you so great a figure in the British Senate, as well as on VOL III, A


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