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comes a true Acquaintance with the Subjećt 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 Assurance that the Person to whom it is made, has so good an Understanding in the praćtical Part of this Subjećt, 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 poor, that I dare not be confident I am not wrong in my Views, with which I desire this small Tračt 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 Opportunity of testifying my grateful Sense of many past Favours, are my open and avowed ends herein. But still, whether
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 Taste in the Choice of Friends, and the real Honour it does to those you are pleased to admit into that Number.
But even this, S I R, 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 Observation. And that I may not be tempted, in this Address, to enhance a 3 your