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Colonel of His MAJESTY's Coldstream Regiment of

Guards, &c.


MY LORD, THE address of the following papers is so very

much due to your Lordship, that they are but a mere report of what has paft upon my guard to my Commander, for they were writ upon duty, when the mind was perfectly disengaged, and at leisure in the filent watch of the night, to run over the busy dream of the day; and the vigilence which obliges us to : fuppose an enemy always near us, has awakened a senfe that there is a restless and subtle one which conftantly attends our steps, and meditates our ruin.

Thoughts of this nature, a man may with freedom acknowledge to your Lordship, who have ever been so far from running into the fashionable vice of exploding religion, that your early valour first appeared against the professed enemies of christianity; Buda had transinitted you to late posterity, but that you yourself have obliterated your part in that glorious scene by the fresher memory of you, at Limerick. and Namure.


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your enemies.

With one honest purpose of life, and constant fervice of one interest, and one cause, in what country have you not fought? in what field have you not bled?' but I know I here offend you, nor will you, allow warmth in commendation to be like a friend; but if, my Lord, to speak you generous, honest; end brave be not fo, I do assure you it is the only thing I will ever do in common with

I said your enemies, but if there are any who have ignorance or malice enough to be such, their little hates must be lost in the distinction the better world allow you, and that county (whose discerning is refined by a learned and elegant university) has done you so great an honour, in making you unanimously their representative in parliament, that they who would oppose your reputation, do but confess they are unacquainted with what passes in the world, and Strangers to the residence of knowledge and virtue.

It was there you received those rudiments of honourwhich have rendered, your life conspicuous, enough to make you appear a worthy descendant of an ancient and distinguished family, which has served the crown in the most eminent stations, and been equally favourites of their country; it was there you received those impressions which inspire that true use of your being, which, fo justly divides your time, between labour and diversion, that the one does but recreate for the other, and which give a generous contempt of both, when they come in competition with the service of that country which you love, and that God whom

Go on, my Lord, thus to contemn, and thus to enjoy life; and if some gréat English day does not call for that facrifice, which you are always ready to offer.z.



DEDICATION.. may you in a mature age go to sleep with your ancestors, in, expectation not of an imaginary fame, but a real immortality.

As for the present I now make you, if you will ascept it with your usual goodness and affection to me, I thall entertain no further hopes; for as your favour is my fortune, fo your approbation is my fame.

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HE world is divided between two sorts of peo

ple, the men of wit and the men of business, and these two have it wholly in their power; but however mighty the latter may esteem theinfelves, they have much the less share in the government of mankind, and till they can keep the others out of company as well as employment, they will have an almost irresiftable dominion over us : for their imagination is so very quick and lively, that in all they enjoy or poffefs, they have a relish highly superior to that of nower men; which fine sense of things they can communicaté to others in fo prevailing a manner, that. they give and take away what impressions they please; for while the man of wit speaks, he bestows upon

his hearers, by an apt representation of his thoughts, all the happiness and pleasure of being such as he is, and quickens our heavier life into joys we should never of ourselves have tasted, so that we are for our own - fakes his faves and followers: but indeed they generally use this charming force with the utmost tyranny, and as it is too much in their power, misplace our love, our hatred, our desires, and aversions, on improper objects; so that when we are left to ourfelves, we find truth discoloured to us, and they of faculties above us have wrapt things, in their own nature of a dark and horrid aspect, in so bright a disguise, that they have stamped a kind of praise and gallantry on some vices, and half persuaded us that a whore may be still a beauty, and an adulterer no villain.


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