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self to your Lordship, and humbly desiring your Acceptancee of the following Dircourses; as a true, thoa small Token of that great Esteem and Affection I ought always to bear you.

Your Lordship's Kindness to me upon your first Knowledge of me, the frequent signal Repetitions ofic presently after, and the continuare of it hitherto, have for ever endear'd year Lordlhip’to me, and shall never be forgotten by ine. At the fame Time, I cannot but look upon, and value this. Leave, to mention your Lord. ship's Favours as a great Enhancement of them all.

And should I enlarge upon your Lordship's hearty Love for your Country, your Zeal for the Protestant Interest, your Affection for the glorious Defender of it, and his Royal Progeny, together with the rest of those Accomplishments which at, tend, illustrate, and adorn every Relation of Life you sustain, 'cwould be no more than what is justly due to your Lordship.

But since Those who belt deserve Praise, are lealt desirous of it, and most apt to be disgusted with it, therefore for fear of offending where I am particularly ambitious of, pleasing, I must deny myself the Satisfaction of taking any farther

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DEDICA I IO N. Notice, in this place, of chose amiable Virtues and Qualities, which gain your Lordship a great Esteein and Respect a. mong all good Men in general, as well as more especially oblige me to be with all suitable Deference and Gratitude,

My Lord,

Your Lordship's
m . most dutiful and

obedient Servant,

STEPHEN CLARK E.

THE

PREFACE.

M r Intention here is not to apologize 111 for publishing the following Pages, (which I think needless)but to bespeak of the Reader, a calm and impartial Perufal of 'em.

When a Man bas deliver'd any thing to the Public (after all be can say for bimSelf) he must expect to meet with different Opinions concerning it : And as be ought not to be elated upon the Approbation of the Candid, so he would not be a little blame-worthy to be dejected at the unkind

ons of the Censorious. Twould be to little Purpose to urge any thing in Behalf of the following Dis. courses, if they should not be allowed calm and impartial Perusal: This if they

obtain,

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