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THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
JOHN LORD SOMMERS,
BARON OF EVESHAM,
SHOULD not act the part of an impartial
Spectator, if I dedicated the following papers to one who is not of the most consummate and most acknowledged merit.
None but a person of a finished character, can be the proper patron of a work, which endeavours to cultivate and polish human life, by promoting virtue and knowledge, and by recommending whatsoever may be either useful or ornamental to society.
I know that the homage I now pay you, is offering a kind of violence to one who is as solicitous to Thun applause, as he is assiduous to deserve it. But, my Lord, this is perhaps the only particular, in which your prudence will be always disappointed.
While justice, candour, equanimity, a zeal for the good of your country, and the most persuasive
eloquence in bringing over others to it, are valuable distinctions, You are not to expect that the public will to far comply with your inclinations, as to forbear celebrating such extraordinary qualities. It is in vain that you have endeavoured to conceal your share of merit, in the many national services which you have effected. Do what You will, the prelent age will be talking of your virtues, though posterity alone will do then justice,
Other men pass through oppositions and contending interests in the ways of ambition ; but your great abilities have been invited to power, and importuned to accept of advancement, Nar is it strange that this should happen to your Lordship, who could bring into the service of your Sovereign the arts and policies of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as the most exa& knowledge of our own constitution in particular, and of the interests of Europe in general; to which I must also add a certain dignity in Yourself, that, to say the least of it, has been always equal to those great honours which have been conferred upon You.
It is very well known, how much the Church owed to You, in the most dangerous day it ever law, that of the arraignment of its prelates; and how far the civil power, in the late and present reign, has been indebted to your counsels and wilcom.
Bụt to enumerate the great advantages whicli the public has received from your administration, would be a more proper work for an history than for an address of this nature.
Your Lordfhip appears as great in your private life, as in the most important offices which you have borne. I would therefore rather choose to
speak of the pleasure You afford all who are admitted into your conversation, of your elegant taite in all the polite parts of learning, of your great humanity and complacency of manners, and of the furprizing influence which is peculiar to You, in making every one, who converses with your Lordship, prefer you to himself, without thinking the less meanly of his own talents. But if I should take notice of all that might be observed in your Lordship, I should have nothing new to say upon any other character of distinction. I am,