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None but a person of a finished character, can be the proper patron of a work, which endeavours to cultivate and polish human life, by promoting virtue and knowledge, and by recommending whatbe either useful or or
foever may namental to fociety.
I know that the homage I now pay You, is offering 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 difappointed.
While juftice, candour, equanimity, a zeal for the good of your country, and the most per
fuafive eloquence in bringing over others to it, are valuable diftinctions, You are not to expect that the Public will fo far comply with your inclinations, as to forbear celebrating fuch extraordinary qua lities. It is in vain that you endeavoured to conceal your fhare of merit, in the many national fervices which You have effected. Do what you will, the prefent age will be talking of your virtues, though pofterity alone will do them justice.
Other men pass through oppofitions and contending interefts in the ways of ambition; but your great abilities have been invited to power, and importuned to accept of advancement.
Nor is it
ftrange that this should happen to your Lordship, who could bring into the fervice of your Sovereign the arts and policies of ancient Greece and Rome; as well as the most exact knowledge of our own conftitution in particular, and of the interests of Europe in general; to which I must also add, a certain dignity in Yourself, that (to fay the leaft of it) has been always equal to those great honours which have been conferred upon You.
It is very well known how much the Church owed to You, in the most dangerous day it ever faw, that of the arraignment of its prelates; and how far the civil power, in the late and present
reign, has been indebted to your counfels and wifdom.
But to enumerate the great advantages which the publick has received from your administration, would be a more proper work for an history than for an addrefs of this nature.
Your Lordship appears as great in your private life, as in the most important offices which You have borne. I would therefore rather choose to speak of the pleasure You afford all who are admitted into your conversation, of your elegant taste in all the polite parts of learning, of your great humanity and complacency of manners, and of the furprising influence which is peculiar to You in making every one
who converses with your Lordship