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VERY many favours and ciwilities (received from you in a private capacity) which I have no other way to acknowledge, will, I hope, excuse this presumption; but the justice I, as a Spectator,

owe your chara&ter, places me Vo L. VI. A

above the want of an excuse. Candor and openness of heart, which shine in all your words and aćtions, exačt the highest esteem from all who have the honour to know you ; and a winning condescension to all subordinate to , you, made business a pleasure to those who executed it under you, at the same time that it heightened her Majesty's favour to all who had the happiness of having it conveyed through your hands. A Secretary of State, in the interests of mankind, joined with that of his fellow-subjećts, accomplished with a great facility and elegance in all the modern as well as ancient languages, was a happy and proper member of a ministry, by whose services your sovereign and country are in so

high and flourishing a condition, as makes all other princes and potentates powerful or inconsiderable in Europe, as they are friends or enemies to Great-Britain. The importance of those great events which happened during that administration, in which your Lordship bore so im– portant a charge, will be acknowledged as long as time shall endure; I shall not therefore attempt to rehearse those illustrious passages, but give this application a more private and par

ticular turn, in desiring your

Lordship would continue your

favour and patronage to me, as you are a gentleman of the most polite literature, and perfeótly accomplished in the knowledge of books and men, which makes

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it necessary to beseech your indulgence to the following leaves, and the author of them: who is, with the greatest truth and respect,

MY LORD,
YOUR LORDSHIPS
oBLIGED, OBEDIENT, AND

HUMBLE SERVANT,

THE SPECTATOR.

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