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FRINTED FOR RICHARD EYRES, No. 186, FLEET - STREET, AND SOLD BY ALL
JOHN LORD SOMMERS,
B A R O N O F E V E S H A M,
M Y LO RD, Should not act the part of an impartial Spectator, if
I dedicated the following Papers to one who is not of the moft consummate and most acknowledged merit.
None but a person of a finished character, can be the
proper patron of a work, which endeavours to cultivate and polish human life, by promoting virtue and knowledge, and by recommending whatsoever may be either useful or ornamental to society.
I know that the homage I now pay You, is offering a kind of violence to one who is as solicitous to fhun applause, as he is assiduous to deserve it. But, my Lord this is perhaps the only particular, in which your prudence will be always disappointed,
Whilft justice, candor, equanimity, a zeal for the good of your country, and the moft persuasive eloquence in bringing over others to it, are valuable distinctions, You are not to expect that the Publick will so far comply with your inclinations, as to forbear celebrating such extraordinary qualities. It is in vain that you have endeavoured to conceal your share of merit, in the many national services which you have effected. Do what you will, the present age will be talking of your virtues, tho' pofterity alone will do them juftice.
Other men pass through oppositions and contending interest in the ways of ambition ; but Your great abilities have been invited to power, and importuned to accept of advancement. Nor is it ftrange that this