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To the Right Honourable.
Ad CHARLES Lord HALLIFAX.
Imilitude of manners and ftudies is ufually mentioned as one of the ftrongest motives to affection and efteem; but the paffionate veneration I have for your Lordship, I think, flows from an admiration of qualities in You, of which, in the whole courfe of M.VOL. II. A
these papers, I have acknowledged myself incapable. While I busy myself as a stranger upon earth, and can pretend to no other than being a looker-on, You are confpicuous in the busy and polite world, both in the world of men, and that of letters: While I am filent and unobserved in publick meetings, You are admired by all that approach you as the life and genius of the conversation. What an happy conjunction of different talents meets in him whofe whole difcourfe is at once animated by the ftrength and force of reafon, and adorned with all the grace and embellishments of wit: When learning irradiates - common life, it is then in its higheft ufe and perfection; and it is to fuch as Your Lordfhip, that the fciences owe the esteem which they have