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T O T H E
R O BE R T
Earl of Holdernessb.
I Should not have taken the Liberty of addressing these Volumes to your Lordship, which were compiled only for Youth, and are unworthy your Consideration, but you have done me a Favour, my Lord, which I want to acknowledge, and it is uncertain whether I may ever have another Opportunity.
When I, who never had the
Honour to be known to your Lord
A 2 mip, skip, took the Freedom to represent to you, as his Majesty's Secretary of State, the Cafe of an unfortunate poor Foreigner, who had fallen a Victim to public Clamour, and was about to be torn from a Wife and Children, destitute of all the Necesiaries of Life, you heard me, my Lord, and you relieved them with that Readiness, that Alacrity, and Chearfulnefs which will ever distinguish a noble, beneficent and generous Mind.
Though this Relation may be grateful to others, it will, I know, be disagreeable to your Lordstiip; for great Minds receive no Pleasure from what may have the appearance of Adulation; but yet I hope to stand excused, since this Acknowledgement is a Duty that I owe, not only to your Lordship, but to the Public; for if I mistake not,
the the only Use os reciting the Virtues and Actions of the Great, is to make others emulate their Example; and if all Dedications, like this, were written from the Heart, and instead of the usual Terms of Compliment, contained fome Portion of the Patron's Life, which was worthy the Imitation of others, every such Address would prove an Incitement to great and good Actions, and be often of more Consequence to the Public than the Book itself.
I have the Honour to be, my Lord, with the most perfect Gratitude and Respect,
most obliged, and
most obedient Servant,
St. PauVs Cbwchjard, Nov. I a,
'76'. JOHN NEWBERY.