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VERY many favours and civilities (receir
favours and civilities ed from
you in a private capacity) which I have no other way to acknowledge, will, I hope, excuse this presumption ; but the justice I, as a Spectator, owe your character, places me above the want of an excuse. Candour and openness of heart, which thine in all your words and actions, exact the highest esteem from all who have the honour to know you; and a winning condefcenfion to all fubordinate to you, made business a pleasure to those who executed it under you, at the same time that it heightened her Majesty's favour to all who had the happiness of having it conveyed througlı your hands. A secretary of state, in the in.. terest of mankind, joined with that of his feljow-subjects, accomplished with a great facility and elegance in all the modern as well as Vol. VI. + A 2
ancient languages, was a happy and proper member of a ministry, by whose services your Sovereign and country are in so high and flourishing a condition, as makes all other princes and potentates powerful or inconsiderable in Europe, as they are friends or enemies to Great Britain. The importance of those great events which happened during that administra. tion, in which your Lordship bore so important a charge, will be acknowledged as long as time shall endure; I shall not therefore attempt to rehearse those illustrious passages, but give this application a more private and particular turn, in desiring your Lordship would continue your favour and patronage to me, as you are a gentleman of the most polite literature, and perfectly accomplished in the knowledge of books and men, which makes it necessary to beseech your indulgence to the following leaves, and the author of them: who is, with the greatest truth and respect,
obliged, obedient, and
EWARE of the ides of March, said the Roman augur to Julius Cæfar: Beware of the
month of May, says the British Spectator to his fair countrywomen. The caution of the first was unhappily neglected, and Cæfar's confidence cost him his life. 'I am apt to flatter myself, that my pretty readers had much more regard to the advice I gave them, since I have yet received very few accounts of any notorious trips made in the last month.
But, though I hope for the best, I shall not pronounce too positively on this point, till I have seen forty weeks well over, at which period of time, as my good friend Sir Roger has often told me, he has more business, as a justice of peace, among the disfolute young people in the country, than at any other feason of the year.