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the Place You allow me in your Friendship and Familiarity. I will not acknowledge to You that I have often had You in my 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 Man


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THE Great Part You had, as British Emballador, in Procuring and Culti vating 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 too much neglected by Wise Men, You have


applied with the justest Skill and Judgment. The most graceful Address in Horsemanship, in the Ufe of the Sword, and in Dancing, has been employed by You as lower Arts, and as they have occasionally served to cover, or introduce the Talents of a skilful Minister

BUT your Abilities have not appear'd only in one Nation. When it was your Province to Act as Her



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Majesty's Minister at the Court of Savoy, at that time encamped, You accompanied that Gallant Prince thro' all the Viciffitudes of his Fortune, and shared, by his Side, 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

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