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To the RIGHT HONOURABLE
JOHN LORD SOMMERS,
SHOULD not act the part of an impartial Spec-tator, if I dedicated the following papers to one who is not of the most confummate and most ac-knowledged merit..
None but a perfon of a finifhed character, can be the proper patron of a work, which endeavours tó cultivate and polish human life, but promoting virtue and knowledge, and by recommending what-foever may be either ufeful or ornamental to fociety.
I know that the homage I now pay You, offer-ing a kind of violence to one who is as folicitous to fhun applause, as he is affiduous to deferve it. But, my Lord, this is perhaps the only particular in which your prudence will be always difappoint-ed.
While juftice, candour, equanimity, a zeali for the good of your country, and the most perfuafive eloquence in bringing over others to it, are valuable diftinctions, You are not to expect that the publick will fo far comply with your inclinations, as to forbear celebrating fuch extraordinary qualities. It is in vain that you have endeavoured VOL. I.