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PRIVY COUNSELLOR AND COMPTROLLER OF THE HOUSEHOLD TO

HIS LATE MAJESTY,
AND KNIGHT OF THE HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH.

MY LORD, When we make books and publish them, and by dedications implore the patronage of some worthy person, I find by experience that we cannot acquire that end, which is pretended to by such addresses : for neither friendship nor power, interest or favour, can give those defences to a book, which it needs: because the evil fortune of books comes from caụses discernible indeed, but irremediable; and the breath of the people is like the voice of an exterminating angel, not so killing but so secret. But that is not all; it is also as contingent as the smiles of an

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