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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
EARL OF DORSET AND MIDDLESEX.
I looks like no great compliment to your Lordship,
that I prefix your name to this epistle; when, in the Preface, I declare the book is published almost against my
inclination. But, in all cases, my Lord, you have an hereditary right to whatever may be called mine, Many of the following pieces were written by the command of your excellent father; and most of the rest, under his protection and patronage.
The particular felicity of your birth, my Lord; the natural endowments of your mind, which, without sufpicion of flattery, I may tell you, are very great; the --good education with which these parts have been improved; and your coming into the world, and seeing men very early; make us expect from your Lordship all the good, which our hopes can form in favour of a young nobleman.
"'Tu Marcellus eris "Our eyes and our hearts are turned on you. You must be a judge and master of polite learning; a friend and patron do men of letters and merit; a faithful and able counIellor to your prince; a true patriot to your country ; VOL. I.
an ornament and honour to the titles you possess; and, in one word, a worthy son to the great Earl of Dorset.
It is as impoffible to mention that name, without defiring to commend the person; as it is to give him the commendations which his virtues deserved. But I allure myself, the most agreeable compliment I can brin your Lordship, is to pay a grateful respect to your father's memory: and my own obligations to him were such, that the world must pardon my endeavouring at his charaĉter, however I may miscarry in the attempt.
A thousand ornaments and graces met in the composition of this great man, and contributed to make him universally beloved and esteemed. The figure of his body was strong, proportionable, beautiful: and were his picture will drawn, it must deserve the praise given to the portraits of Raphael; and, at once, create love and respect. While the greatness of his mien informed men, they were approaching the nobleman; the sweetness of it invited thein to come nearer to the patron. There was in his look and gesture something that is more casily conceived than described ; that gained upoir you in liis favour, before he spake one-word. His behaviour was easy and courteous to-all; but distinguifhed and adapted to each man in particular, according to his station and quality. His civility was free from the formality of rule, and flowed immediately froin his good sense.
Such were the natural faculties and strength of his mind, that he had occasion to borrow very little from education; and he owed those advantages to his own