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To the Right Honourable Philip Lord HARDWICKE, Lord High Chancellor of Great
Powers of Speech with juster and more universal applause, than yourself; I have presumed to inscribe the following Treatise to your Lordship, its End being to investigate the Principles of those Powers. It has a farther claim to your Lordship’s Patronage, by being connected in some degree with that politer Literature, which, in the most important scenes of Business, you have still found time to cultivate. With regard to myself, if what I have written be the fruits
* The above Dedication is printed as it originally stood, the Author being desirous that what he intended as real Respect to the noble Lord, when living, should now be confidered, as a Testimony of Gratitude to his Memory.