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SPECTATOR.

VOLUME the THIRD.

LONDON:

Printed for Me Payne, Rivington, Davis, Longman, Dodsley, White, Law, Robson, Crowder, Johnson, Nichols, Dilly, Robinson, Cadell, Stuart, Bowles, Sewell, Murray, Flexney, Baldwin, Goldsmith, Lowndes, Knox, Otridge, Hayes, Piquinet, Macqueen, & Newbury.

TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

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HENRY BOYLE *.

SIR,

[1712.]

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S the profeffed defign of this work is to entertain its readers in general, without giving offence to any particular perfon, it would be difficult to find out fo proper a patron for it as yourself, there being none whofe merit is more universally acknowledged by all parties, and who has made himfelf more friends, and fewer enemies. Your great abilities, and unqueftioned integrity, in those high employments which you have paffed through, would not have been able to have raised this you general approbation, had they not been accompanied with that moderation in an high fortune, and that affability of manners, which are so confpicuous through all parts of your life. Your averfion

Youngest fon of CHARLES Lord CLIFFORD. He was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer to King William in March 1701; was much efteemed by that prince; and continued in that poft till Feb. 12, 1707-8, when he was made one of the principal Secretaries of State, in which station he remained till Sept. 20, 1710. On the acceffion of George I. Mr. BOYLE was created Lord Carleton, and foon after made Prefident of the Council. He died unmarried, March 1 1724-5. To the kindness of Mr. BOYLE, and the friendship of Lord HALIFAX, Mr. ADILISON was indebted for his first introduction to Lord Godolphin. See Budgell's Memoirs of the Boyles, p. 153.

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