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To the Right Honourable
Knight of the most Noble Order of the Garter and one of the Lords of Her Majesty's most
honourable privy council.
My Lord,
You will perhaps wonder that an obscure person, who has not the honour to be known to your
lordship, should presume to address you in this manner. But that a man who has written
something with a design to promote Useful Knowledge and Religion in the world should make
choice of your lordship for his patron, will not be thought strange by any one that is not
altogether unacquainted with the present state of the church and learning, and consequently
ignorant how great an ornament and support you are to both. Yet, nothing could have induced
me to make you this present of my poor endeavours, were I not encouraged by that candour
and native goodness which is so bright a part in your lordship's character. I might add, my lord,
that the extraordinary favour and bounty you have been pleased to show towards our Society
gave me hopes you would not be unwilling to countenance the studies of one of its members.
These considerations determined me to lay this treatise at your lordship's feet, and the rather
because I was ambitious to have it known that I am with the truest and most profound respect,
on account of that learning and virtue which the world so justly admires in your lordship, MY
LORD, Your lordship's most humble and most devoted servant,