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The SIXTH EDITION.
Lombard-Street, and J. BUCKLAND, at the
ticks of Self-Knowledge. If then my presuming to address this Piece to you may seem to discover more Assurance and Self-Confidence than be.
comes a true Acquaintance with the Subject I write upon, I have only this to say; your known Condescension and Candour have encouraged that Presumption: Nor can any Thing animate an Address of this Nature more, than an Afsurance that the Person to whom it is made, has so good an Understanding in the practical Part of this Subject, as will incline him to excuse the Defects that may appear in the Management of it.
But after all, SIR, my own Proficiency in this Science is so
that I dare not be confident I am not wrong in
my Views, with which I desire this small Tract may appear under your Patronage. That it may have a Refuge from the Petulence of Censure, an Encouragement in the Publication, and I, at the same Time, an Opportu. nity' of testifying my grateful Sense of many paft Favours, are my open and avowed ends herein. But still, whe
ther an Ambition to be known to the World under the Advantage of your Friendship be not the secret and true Motive, I cannot be certain.
However, if in this point I may be mistaken, there is another in which I think I cannot; and that is, that it is at least a pardonable Ambition; in which I shall certainly stand acquitted by every one who knows your Character, the Delicacy of your Tafte in the Choice of Friends, and the real Honour it does to those you are pleased to admit into that Number.
But even this, SIR, your Penetration will soon discover to proceed from the same Vanity I before suspected myself to be guilty of. And the World will judge, that I speak it rather to do myself Honour than you. However, I am beforehand with them in the Obfervation. And that I may not be tempted, in this Address, to enhance a 3