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A” the profest design of this work is to entertain its readers in general, with out giving offence to any particular person, it would be difficult to find out so proper. a patron for it as yourself, there being none whose merit is more universally acknowledged by all parties, and who has made himself more friends and fewer enemies. Your great abilities and unquestioned integrity, in those high employ? ments which you have passed through, would not have been able to have raised you this general approbation, had they not been accompanied with that moderation in an high fortune, and that affability of manners, which are so conspicuA 2 OllS.