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HORACE could not with greater

propriety take MECENAS for his patron, or our own Spectator inscribe the commencement of

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his labours to the illustrious name of LORD SOMERS, than the British Press now offers its collected Classics to the protection of YOUR


The usual flattery of Dedications it were needless to employ, where Truth herself would speak a panegyric.

But, MY LORD, your character will be recorded in the page of History with far greater justice than this address can pretend to; and our posterity, in their political, commercial, and literary relations, must feel and acknowledge the protection from which even their best enjoyments will be derived.

That YOUR LORDSHIP may long continue an ornament to the British nation, and that your

life may be blessed with every domestic felicity, is the sincere wish and ardent prayer of

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