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HE Duchess of GORDON having condescended to read the greater part of these papers ; and to say, that they may be useful to Young Persons, and that some things in them are not unworthy of Your atten
tion ; I am encouraged to make them publiek, and have taken the liberty to inscribe them to Your Lordship.
To regulate the principles, and form the taste, of Young Men, has been my employment, and favourite study, for many years. I cannot affirm, that my success has been equal to my wishes; for then it would have been great indeed: but I have the satisfaction to know, that my labour has not been vain. Let me, therefore, indulge the pleasing hope, that Your Lordship, when a little further advanced in life, will one day do me the honour to declare, that the following Discourses have afforded You some amusement, and that You approve of the sentiments conveyed in them. And, from that quickness of parts, gentleness of man
ners, and generosity of mind, which You inherit from Your Noble Parents, may I not presume, that the day is not far dirtant ?
Of Your Noble Parents, My Lord, it is not easy for me to speak, without the warmest expressions of admiration and
gratitude. But their virtues, and the obligations I am under to them, are subjects, whereon They do not permit me to expatiate. If They did, Truth would oblige me to declare what might perhaps incur the suspicion of flattery, and certainly would of ostentation. Continue, My Lord, to be like Them : And you cannot fail to be a blessing to Your country, an ornament to Your high rank, and the delight of all who approach you ; the friend of the poor, the