Efteem; but the Paffionate 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 bufie my

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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 fo good a Judge of what is valuable, in that Library where the Choice is fuch, that it will not be a Difparagement to be the meaneft Author in it. Forgive me, my Lord, for taking this Occafion of tel


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