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To the RIGHT HONOURABLE
JOHN LORD SOMMERS,
BAR ON of EVESHAM.
tator, if I dedicated the following papers to one: who is not of the most confummate and most acknowledged merit.
None but a perfon of a finished 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 whatfoever may be either useful or ornamental to focicy.
I know that the homage I now pay You, offers ing a kind of violence to one who is as folicitous to shun applause, as he is affiduous to deserve it.. But, my Lord, this is perhaps the only particular in which your prudence will be always difappointaed.
. While justice, candour, equanimity, a zeal for the good of your country, and the most pere fuafive eloquence in bringing over others to it, are valuable distinctions, You are not to expect that: the publick will so far comply with your inclinations, as to forbear celebrating such extraordinary qualities. It is in vain that you have endeavoured VOL. I. a. 2