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T is with very great pleasure I
take an Oppor tunity of publishing the Gratitude I owe You, for the Place You allow me
in your Friendship and Familiarity. I will not acknowledge to You that I have often had You in my Thoughts, when I have endeavoured to Draw, in some Parts of these Difcourses, the Character of a Good-natured, Honest and Accomplished Gentleman. But such Reprefentations give my Reader an Idea of a Person blameless only, or only laudable for such Perfe
tions as extend no farther than to his own private
Advantage and Reputation.
But when I speak of You, I Celebrate One who has had the Happiness of poffeffing also those Qualities which make a Man useful to Society, and of having had Opportunities of Exerting them in the most conspicuous Manner.
The Great PartYou had, as British Embassador, in Procuring and Cultivating the Advantageous Commerce between the Courts
of of England and Portugal, bas purchased You the lasting Efteem of all who understand the Interest ofeither Nation.