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To the Right Honourable
JO Н N EARL of ORRERT,
Baron Boyle of Marston, &c.
AM proud that every
of my Gratitude. This has
particular Reasons to do so; for Your Lordship was so good to bespeak the Patronage of a part of my
Shakespeare: and my Ducy could do no less than throw the whole under Your Protection.
I shall be casily pardon'd, tho' I should profess a Sorrow for being reduc'd to make. You this unworthy Offering; because, I know, Your Lordship is truly a Mourner for the Necessity. The good Lady Orrery (whose Memory i most sincerely venerate) did me che Honour of making her early Claim: and it comes now to You by the melancholy Right of Executorship. Would it had Merit enough to plead its Interest duly, as an Orphan and Relict from so dear a Friend!
It is a Maxim, I think, My Lord, of Monsieur Rochefoucault, that all our Actions and Desires flow from the Spring of Self-love. My ardent, bac vain, Wishes that a long Life might crown the Countess of Orrery's Virtues, I may say, sprung from a more generous Motive. "I had Your Lordship's Joy and Interest principally in View: and wish'd
She might survive, both to have made happy Your Bed, and shared in the Education of those dear Pledges, which she has left You, of your mutual Affection.
caftum ut fervare Cubile Conjugis, & poffet parvos educere Natos.
I have Your Lordfhip's Word for it, chat She was, while living, my very good Friend: an Honour, that I would wish to repay, now She is no more, by raising a Monument of Gracitude to her Name. Without aiming at her Praise, I can barely hope to do Justice to her Memory! Truth, in an Epitaph or Characteristic, may do the World fome Service, while it exhibits á Pattern to be follow'd: but Flatcery so exceeds all Proportion, that it leaves no Room for Imitation.
I never left your Lordfhip’s House, without the strongest Impressions of those Sweets, which endear Connubial Society. All the Qualities, that can maké Wonhan lastingly amiable, were
center'd in Lady Orrery. The Fondness of a Wife, and tender Mother, were eminently conspicuous in all her Behaviour. It was a Pleasure to her to adapt her self to all Your Lordship’s Sentiments : 'and You could honour None with any Degree of your Friendship, but That was a Merit- to recommend them to her Smiles. In her Conversation, the Vivacity of Youth was happily temper'd with the Sageness of the Matron. She knew how to be pleasant without Levity, and to display Wisdom divested of all its disagreeable Severities. With what Sweetness of Deportment She behav'd to her Domesticks, was visible in that Love and Reverence with which they obey'd her. She maintain'd the Respect due to her Rank, without being either supercilious or affected: yet at the same time knew, that her great Birth and Station ought not to set her above being the Mistress of her family. Hence, in the Point of your Table, while she consulted your Quality, Shę