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HE usual stile of Dedications is that of
flattery, attended with selfith views, since the first address of the sort, which, it seems, was produced from the fervile pen of indigence, and it plainly appears, that Authors, in the moment of adulation, erect a consequence to themselves; and while they distress the favour of their Mecænas, or put their Hero to the blush, they facri. fice to their own vanity.
At the fame time that it must be ad. mitted, that great and distinguified characters command admiration and respect from the public, it cannot be passed over in filence, that the greatest adept in Eulogy would be at a loss to add the least fpark of lustre to yours, without derogating