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Illustrated with a great Variety of
Examples from the best English Poets J
Translations from the Ancients:
Together with such
Reflections and critical Remarks as may tend to
Printed for J.newbery, at the Bible and Suu
M DCC LXII.
Complete set - S. B. N. - GB: 576. 02129.6
Republished in 1969 by Gregg International Publishers Limited
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R O BERT
Earl of Holdernesse.
IShould not have taken the Liberty of addressing these Volumes to your Lordship, which were compiled only sor Youth, and are unworthy your Consideration, but you have done me a Favour, my Lord, which I want to acknowledge, and it is uncertain whether I may ever have another Opportunity.
When I, who never had the Honour to be known to your LordA 2 stiip, ship, took the Freedom to represent to you, as his Majesty's Secretary of State, the Case of an unfortunate poor Foreigner, who had fallen a Victim to public Clamour, and was about to be torn from a Wise and Children, destitute of all the Necessaries of Lise, you heard me, my Lord, and you relieved them with that Readiness, that Alacrity, and Chearfulness which will ever distinguish a noble, beneficent and generous Mind.
Though this Relation may be grateful to others, it will, I know, be disagreeable to your Lordship; for great Minds receive no Pleasure from what may have the appearance of Adulation; but yet I hope to stand excused, lince this Acknowledgement is a Duty that I owe, not only to your Lordship, but to the Public j for if I mistake not,
the the only Use of reciting the Virtues and Actions of the Great, is to make others emulate their Example; and if all Dedications, like this, were written from the Heart, and instead of the usual Terms of Compliment, contained some Portion of the Patron's Lise, which was worthy the Imitation of others, every such Address would prove an Incitement to great and good Actions, and be often of more Consequence to the Public than the Book itself.