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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

THOMAS EARL OF WHARTON.

MY LORD,
TH
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 Lord thip's patronage upon the fame account. I must confess, my Lord, had not I already received great instances of your favour, I should have been afraid of submitting a work of this nature to your perusal. You are so thoroughly acquainted with the characters of men, and all the parts of human life, that it is impoflible for the least misrepresentation of them to escape your notice. It is your Lordship'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 Lordship only who enjoys these feveral talents united, and that too in as great perfection as others poffefs them singly. Your enemies acknowledge this great extent in your Lord liip's character, at the same time that they use their utmott: induttry and invention to derogate from it. But it is for your honour, that those who are now your enemies were always do. 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 misreprcíent your generous designs for the public food, cannot but approve the leadiness and intrepidity with which you pursue them. It is a mott sensible pleasure to me that I have this opportunity of profesing myself one of your great adınirers, and, in a very pariicular inanner,

My LORD,

Your Lordihip's mot obliged,

And most obedient, humble Servant,

THE SPECTATOR.

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