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THE

SPECTATOR.

VOLUME the SIXTH.

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LOND ON:
Printed for Mefr." Payne, Rivington, Davis,Longman,
Dodsley, White, Law, Robson, browder, Johnson, Nichols,
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, Robinson, Cadell, Stuart, Bowles, Sewell.Murray.
Flexney, Baldwin, Goldsmith Lowndes, Knor, Otridge,

Hayes, Piquinet; Macqueen,& Newbury.

TO THE

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EARL OF SUNDERLAND*.

My LORD

from

know

you;

[1712-13.)
ERY

many favours and civilities (received
you

in a private capacity) which I have no other way to acknowledge, will, I hope, excuse this presumption; but the justice I, as a SpectaTOR, owe your character, places me above the want of an excuse. Candour and openness of heart, which shine in all your words and actions, exact the highest esteem from all who have the honour to

and a winning condescension to all fubordinate to you, made business a pleasure to those who executed it under you, at the same time that it heightened her Majesty's favour to all those who had the happiness of having it conveyed through your hands. A Secretary of State, in the interest

, of mankind, joined with that of his fellow-subjects, accomplished with a great facility and elegance in

. Charles Spencer, Earl of Sunderland, who succeeded to that title, Sept. 21, 1702, on the death of his father Robert. June 14, 1710. Sept. 1, 17.15, he had a pension of 1200l. per Sunum settled on him. April 16, 1717, was again appointed Secretary of State ; March 16, 1717-18, Lord President of the Council; Feb. 6, 1718-19, Groom of the Stole; and died April 19, 1722. He married Lady Anne Churchill, second daughter of John Duke of Marlborough; to whose ticles her eldeft surviving fon, Charles, succeeded in 1733. B

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Vol. VI.

all the modern as well as antient languages, was a happy and proper member of a Ministry, by whose services your Sovereign is in so high and Aourithing a condition, as makes all other Princes and Potentates powerful or inconsiderable in Europe, as they are friends or enemies to Great-Britain. The importance of those great events which happened during that Administration, in which your Lordship bore so important a charge, will be acknowledged as long as time shall endure. I shall not, therefore, attempt to rehearse those illustrious passages; but give this application a more private and particular turn, in defiring your Lordship would continue your favour and patronage to me, as you are a gentleman of the most polite literature, and perfectly accomplished in the knowledge of books * and men, which makes it necessary to beseech your indulgence to the following leaves, and the Author of them: who is, with the greatest truth and respect, my Lord, your Lordship’s obliged, obedient, and humble servant,

The SpecTATOR.

* His Lordship was the founder of the splendid and truly: valuable library at Althorp.

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