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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
THOMAS EARL OF WHARTON.
MY LORD, .
HE Author of the Spectator having prefixed before each of his
volumes the name of some great perion to whom he has particular obligations, lays his claim to your Lordship's patronage upon the same account. I must confess, my Lord, had not I already received great instances of your favour, I Mould have been afraid of submitting a work of this nature to your perusal. You are so thosoughly acquainted with the characters of men, and all the parts of human life, that it is impossible for the least misrepresentation of them to escape your notice. It is your Lord ship's particular diftinction that you are master of the whole compass of business, and have signalized yourself in all the different scenes of it. We admire some for the dignity, others for the popularity of their behaviour; some for their clearness of judgment, others for their happiness of exprefion; some for the laying of schemes, 'and others for the putting of them in execution: it is your Lord thip only who enjoys these several talents united, and that too in as great perfection as others poffefs them singly. Your enemies acknowledge this great extent in your Lord lip's character, at the same time that they use their utmo!t. induitry and invention to derogate from it. But it is for your ho. nour, that those who are now your enemies were always fo. You have acted in so much consistency with yourself, and promoted the interests of your country in so uniform a manrer, that even those who would misrepresent your generous designs for the public food, cannot but approve the leadiness and intrepidity with which you pursue them. It is a moit sensible pleasure to me that I have this opportunity of profesing myself one of your great admirers, and, in a very pariicular manner,