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as they have occafionally ferved to cover, or introduce the Talents of a skilful Minister.

But your Abilities have not appeared only in one Nation. When it was your Province to Act as Her Majefty's Minister at the Court of Savoy, at that time encamped, You accompanied that Gallant Prince thro' all the Viciffitudes of His Fortune, and fhared, by His Side, the Dangers of that Glorious Day in which He re

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covered His Capital. As far as it regards Perfonal Qualities, You attained, in that one Hour, the highest Military Reputation. The Behaviour of our Minifter in the Action, and the good Offices done the Vanquished in the Name of the Queen of England, gave both the Conqueror and the Captive the most lively Examples of the Courage and Generofity of the Nation He represented.

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Your Friends and Companions in your Abfence frequentlytalk these things of You, and You cannot hide from us, (by the most difcreet Silence in any Thing which regards your self) that the frank Entertainment we have at your Table, your easie Condefcention in little Incidents of Mirth and Diverfion, and general Complacency of Manners, are far from being the greatest Obligations we have to

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You. I do affure You there is not one of your Friends has a Greater Sense of your Merit in general, and of the Favours You every Day do us, than,

SIR,

Your most Obedient, and

most Humble Servant,

Richard Steele.

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THE

SPECTATOR.

VOL. VII.

N° 474. Wednesday, September 3. 1712.

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