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Imilitude of manners and
studies is usually mentioned as one of the
strongest motives to affection and esteem; but the paffionate veneration I have for your Lordship, I think, flows from an admiration of qualities in You, of which, in the whole course of VOL. II.
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 conspicuous in the busy and polite world, both in the world of men, and that of letters : While I am silent 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 whose whole discourse is at once animated by the strength and force of reason, and adorned with all the grace and embellishments of wit: When learning irradiates - common life, it is then in its highest ufe and perfection ; and it is to such as Your Lordship, that the sciences owe the efteem which they have