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thoughts, when I have endeavoured to draw, in some parts of these discourses, the character of a good-natured, honest, and accomplished Gentleman. But such representations give my reader an idea of a person blameless only, or only laudable for such perfections as extend no farther than to his own private advantage and reputation.

But when I speak of You, I celebrate one who has had the happiness of possessing also those qualities which make a man useful to society, and of having had opportunities of exerting them in the most conspicuous manner.


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The great part You had, as British ambassador, in procuring and cultivating the advantageous commerce between the courts of England and Portugal, has purchased You the lasting esteem of all who understand the interest of either nation,

Those personal excellencies which are over-rated by the ordinary world, and

much neglected by wise men, You have applied with the justest skill and judgment. The most graceful address in horsemanship, in the use of the sword, and in dancing, has been employed by You as lower arts, and as they have

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occasionally served to cover, introduce the talents of a skilful minifter.

But your abilities have not appeared only in one nation.

When it was your province · to act as her Majesty's minister at the court of Savoy, at that time incamped, You accompanied that gallant Prince through all the viciffitudes of his fortune, and shared, by his fide, the dangers of that glorious day in which he recovered his capital. As far as it regards personal qualities, You attained, in that one hour, the highest military reputation. The behaviour of our



minister in the action, and the good offices

done the quished in the name of the Queen of England, gave both the conqueror and the captive the most lively examples of the courage and generosity of the nation he represented.

Your friends and companions in

your absence frequently talk these things of You, and You cannot hide from us, (by the most discreet filence in any thing which regards yourself) that the frank entertainment we have at your table, your easy condescension in little incidents of mirth and diversion, and general compla


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cency of manners, are far from being the greatest obligations we have to You. I do assure You there is not one of your friends has a greater sense of your merit in general, and of the favours You every day do us, than,

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