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the usual Forms on the like Occafions, but confine my self to the subject Matter of the following Treatise. All the Topicks, indeed, which are proper to exhibit the Idea of a great Man, have been already employed by the finest Pens of the Age, in this Method of doing Homage to your Lordship, as the known Patron of Learning in general.1 And I shall not pretend to copy after so many of the best Masters, native and foreign. I was principally induced to Requeft," with all Humility,
your Lordship’s Patronage of this work, from the Nature and Defign of it. For no Principles, or Rules of any kind, ever operate with so great Force, as when we confirm, and illustrate them by living Examples, especially, from very high, and confpicuous Stations ; where most, if not all, the great Offices in civil Life have been successively suf tained with a juft, but easy, Dignity. - For fuch Instances Thew, in the best Light, that the Maxims of Morali ty, which are fo reasonable,
and beautiful in the Theory, are also, in Fact, truly adapted to the present State, and Condition of human Nature. Nothing, under such mighty Advantages, can contribute, to render the Influence of moral Virtue more powerful and diffusive; unless here we fee: the Authority,
the Wisdom and Experience of Age, confiftent, fo far as they can be conceived to consist, with all the Vivacity, the Goodness, and Complacency of Youth.
I shall add Nothing more, concerning the Motives to this Address; but that I was ambitious of acknowledging, on fo proper an Occasion, a late Instance of your Lordship's Generosity, in preventing my Application, for one of the greatest, and most defireable Favours, for which I could have been inclined to apply.