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Collated with the Oldest Copies, and Corrected;
By Mr. THE OBAL D.
Decus, i, noftrum: melioribus utere Fatis. Virg.
and R. WELLINGTON.
M DCC XXXIII.
To the Right Honourable
JO Н N EARL of ORRERT,
Baron Boyle of Marston, &c.
AM proud that every
of my Gratitude. This has
particular Reasons to do so; for Your Lordship was so good to bespeak the Patronage of a part of my
Shakespeare : and my Ducy could do no less than throw the whole under Your Protection.
I shall be casily pardon'd, tho' I thould profess a Sorrow for being reduc'd to make. You this unworthy Offering; because, I know, Your Lordship is truly a Mourner for the Necessicy. The good Lady Orrery (whose Memory I most sincerely venerate) did me che Honour of making her early Claim : and it comes now to You by the melancholy Right of Executorship:
Would it had Merit enough to plead its Interest duly, as an Orphan and Relict from so dear a Friend!
It is a Maxim, I think, My Lord, of Monsieur Rochefoucault
, that all our Actions and Desires flow from the Spring of Self-love. My ardent, ibat vain, Wishes that a long Life might crown the Countess of Orrerry's Virtues, I may say, sprung from a more generous Motive. ` I had Your Lordship's Joy and Interest principally in View: and with'd