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Earl of HOLDERNESS E.
Should not have taken the Li
berty of addressing these Volumes to your Lordship, which were compiled only for Youth, and are unworthy your Confideration, 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 Lord
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 Wife and Children, destitute of all the Necessaries of Life, 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, since this Acknowledgement is a Duty that I owe, not only to your Lordship, but to the Public; for if I mistake not,
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 Life, 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.
I have the Honour to be, my Lord, with the most perfect Gratitude and Respect,
most obliged, and
most obedient Servant,
St. Paul's Church yard, Nov. 12, 1761.