Page images

don me the Vanity of Publishing, by this Means, my Happiness in being able to Name You among my Friends. The Conversation of a Gentleman, that has a refined Taste of Letters, and a Disposition in which those Letters found nothing to Correct, but very much to Exert, is a good Fortune too uncommon to be enjoyed in Silence: In others, the greateft Business of Learning


is to weed the Soil; in You, it had nothing else to do, but to bring forth Fruit. Affability, Complacency, and Generosity of Heart, which are natural to. You, wanted nothing from Litterature, but to refine and direct the Application of them. After I have boasted I had some share in Your Familiarity, I know not how to do You the Justice of celebrating You for the Choice of an Elegant,


and Worthy Acquaintance, with whom You live in the happy Communication of generous Sentiments, which contribute, not only to Your own mutual Entertainment and Improvement, but to the Honour and Service of Your Country. Zeal for the Publick Good is the Characteristick of a Man of Honour, and a Gentleman, and must take place of Pleasures, Profits, and


all other private Gratifications; whoever wants this Motive, is an open Enemy, or an Inglorious Neuter to Mankind, in Proportion to the misapplyed Advantages with which Nature and Fortune have blessed him. But You have a Soul animated with Nobler Views, and know that the Diftinetion of Wealth and Plenteous Circumstances, is a Taxupon an HonestMind,


to endeavour, as much as the Occurrences of Life will give him leave, to guard the Properties of others, and be vigilant for the Good of his Fellow-Subjects.

This generous Inclination, no Man poffeffes in a warmer degree than your self; which, that Heaven would Reward with long Possession of that Reputa. tion into which You have made so early an En


« PreviousContinue »