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To the Right Honourable


Earl of Sunderlandy

M Y L O R D,

ERY many favours and civilities (received from you in a private capacity) which I have no other way to acknowledge, will, I hope, excuse this presumption; but the Vol. VI. A justice justice I, as a Spectator, owe your character, places me above the want of an excuse. Candor and openness of heart, which shine in all your words and actions, exact the highest esteem from all who have the honour to know You; and a winning condescension to .ajl subordinate to You, made business a pleasure to those who executed it under You, at the same time that it heightened her Majesty's savour to all who had the happiness of having it convey'd through your hands. A secretary of state, in the interest of mankind, joined with that oi his fellow-subjects, accomplished with a great facility and elegance in all the modern as well as antient languages, was a happy and proper member of a ministry, by whose services your . . sovesovereign and country are in s« 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 important 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 particular turn,* in desiring your Lordship wbUld -Continue your savour and patronage to me, as You are a gentleman of the most polite literature, and perfectly accomplished in the knowledge of books and men, which makes it necessary . y / i\ A. 2 to to beseech your indulgence to the following leaves, and the author of them: Who is, with the greatest truth and respect,



Tour Lordjhifs

obliged, obedient, and
bumble servant,

The Spectator.

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