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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
JOHN L O R D S O M M E R S,
Should not act the part of an impartial Spe&tator, if I dedicated the following Papers to one who is not of the most consummate and most acknowledged merit.
While justice, candour, equanimity, a zeal for the good of your country, and the most persuasive eloquence in bringing over others to it, are valuable distinctions, You are not to expect that the public will so far comply with your inclinations, as to forbear celebrating such extraordinary qualities. It is in vain that you have endeavoured to conceal your share of merit, in the many national services which you have effected. Do what you will, the present age will be talking of your virtues, though posterity alone will do them justice.
But to enumerate the great advantages which the public has refeived from your administration, would be a more proper work for an history than for an address of this nature,