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CANNOT but efteem it the highest honour to be permitted to give your SERENE HIGHNESS a public teftimony of my homage and respect by laying the following work at your feet. Teftimonies, indeed, of this kind, when offered to Princes, are generally attended with fuch high ftrains of panegyric, as have contributed to render

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the credibility of Dedications more than dubious. The abuse of a custom, originally defigned to pay a juft tribute of applause to the great and good, to the patrons of religion, virtue, liberty, and letters, has been fo common; and the prostitution of it fo notorious, that, if the language of Dedications were alone to be confulted, it would be difficult to distinguish a Nero from a Trajan, a Philip the Second. from a PRINCE OF ORANGE..

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IT is certain, SIR, that we live in an age in which the merit of Princes is not appreciated by the reports of an oracle, whofe decifions are so often found to be false; and delufive; but by the luftre of their domestic virtues, the wisdom of their public measures, and the general tenor of their conduct and actions: and I know, Most Serene PRINCE, that, in the high sphere of action to which Providence is leading you with fuch distinguished marks of protection and favour, you defire to be judged by no other Criterion. I know, that both precept and example have pointed out to you the path to true glory; that your virtuous heart has relished their leffons; and that the love of fame, which even Heroes have acknowledged as the fole fpring of their conduct, will be, with you, but a fubordinate motive to reduce thefe leffons to practice.

WERE I capable of drawing with the ftricteft truth the Portrait of your SERENE HIGHNESS, I should scarcely think it expedient to place it here, for the reasons already mentioned. Befides: thofe (if any fuch there be) who are yet unacquainted with the joyful and general hopes this Republic

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entertains in the prospect of your approaching Government, would look upon the truth as exaggeration, and, not knowing the the obfcure perfon that pronounced it, perhaps as flattery; while thofe judges of true merit, who have the honour to apr approach your SERENE HIGHNESS, would certainly find the Portrait defective.

-"Bur while I with-hold, MOST SERENE PRINCE, that tribute of praise that is due to your early merit, and which, I am perfuaded, your virtuous ambition defires rather to deferve ftill farther than to receive at prefent, there are certain effufions of the heart, which neither my character, as a Chriftian minifter, nor as a citizen of this Republic, will permit me to fupprefs on this occafion. I cannot conceal thofe feelings, which fo naturally arife from a view of the goodness of the Divine Providence to this Nation in the maintenance of your Muftrious House, the preservation of your precious days, and the education your SERENE HIGHNESS has received under the tender and wife inspection of that great and good Prince, who bears with fuch dignity the glorious of BRUNSWICK.It is with inexpreffible joy, that we fee this refpectable guide pointing out to you the Heroes, that you are more peculiarly called to imitate, in that glorious line of ancestors, who have gone before you to immortality, and performing with a truly parental affection that important task, that was for fo fhort a space intrusted with thofe illuftrious Parents of whom you were deprived in the very dawn of life. But it is with fingular feelings of fatisfaction and delight, that we behold in your SERENE HIGHNESS the fruits of an excellent education growing to a

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