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services which you have effected. Do what you
will, the present age will be talking of your virtues,
though posterity alone will do them justice,
Other men pass through oppositions and con-
tending interests in the ways of ambition; but
great abilities have been invited to power, and im-
vuk which endeavours portuned to accept of advancement. Nor is it


finished character can

ha life, by promoting strange that this should happen to your lordship,

who could bring into the service of your sovereign

by recommending what her ernamental to


the arts and policies of ancient Greece and Rome;

f an impartial Spectelling papers to one

mate and most ac

as well as the most exact knowledge of our own

I pay you, is offer- constitution in particular, and of the interests of
ho is as solicitous to Europe in general; to which I must also add, a

ad to deserve it. Bat, certain dignity in yourself, that (to say the least
ly particular in which of it) has been always equal to those great honours
which have been conferred upon you.

rdway disappointed.

animity, a zeal for

It is very well known how much the church

and the most persuasive owed to you, in the most dangerous day it ever
werber to it, are valu- saw, that of the arraignment of its prelates +; and
t to expect that the bow far the civil power, in the late and present
your inclinations, reign, has been indebted to your counsels and
extraordinary quali- wisdom.

have endeavoured to

Bat to enumerate the great advantages which

the many national the public has received from your administration,

babe justly said to have lord high chancellor of England. In the beginning of aal tanned them for pos-1700 he was removed from his post of lord chancellor;

Be was educated at and the year after was impeached of high crimes and misme of the Middle Temple, demeanors by the house of commons, of which he was ac

por, judiciously blend-quitted upon trial by the house of lords. He then retired distinguished himself to a studious course of life, and was chosen president of the meble state in a piece Royal Society. In 1706 be proposed a bill for the regulation Fadation of the two last of the law; and the same year was one of the principal mael for the seven bi- nagers for the union between England and Scotland. In

learning and 1708 he was made lord president of the council, from which In the convention post he was removed in 1710, upon the change of the mini

Stags mons, Jan. 29, stry. In the latter end of Queen Anne's reign, his lordship
, vote of the mana- grew very infirm in his health; which indisposition is sup
sence with the house posed to bave been the reason that he held no other post than
after the accession a seat at the council table after the accession of King George I.
ised the beat of knight-sides being a most incorrupt lawyer, and honest statesman,
de tine, he was ap- He died of an apoplectic fit, April 26, 1716. Lord Somers, be

d the rest seal of England. of men of parts and learning, and was the person who re
, and in 1693 ad- was a master-orator, a genius of the finest taste, a great patron
prevent the practice of deemed Milton's 'Paradise Lost' from that obscurity in which

consituted one of party-prejudice and hatred had suffered it long to lie neglect.
Moving years to 1697 be translated certain parts of Plutarch and Ovid.
is majesty's absence, ed. He wrote several pieces on the subject of politics, and

Bread, and made

+ Trial of the seven bishops, June 9, 1689.

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