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Esteem ; but the Pallionate Veneration I have for Your Lordship, I think, flows from an Admiration of Qualities in You, of which, in the whole Course of these Papers, I have acknowledged my self incapable. While I busie my

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meets in him whose whole Discourse is at once animated by the Strength and Force of Reason, and a



dorned with all the Graces and Embellishments of Wit? When Learning irradiates common Life, it is then in its highest Use and Perfection; and it is to such as Your Lordship, that the Sciences owe the Efteem which they have with the active Part of Mankind. Knowledge of Books in recluse Men, is like that sort of Lanthorn which hides him who car

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ries it, and serves only to pass through secret and gloomy Paths of his own ; but' in the Possession of a Man of Business, it is as a Torch in the Hand of one who is willing and able to shew those, who are bewildered, the Way which leads to their Prosperity and Welfare. rous Concern for Your Country, and a Passion for every thing which is truly


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Great and Noble, are what actuate all Your Life and Actions; and I hope You will forgive me that I have an Ambition this Book may be placed in the Library of so good a Judge of what is valuable, in that Library where the Choice is fuch, that it will not be a Disparagement to be the meanest Author in it. Forgive me, my Lord, for taking this Occasion of tel


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