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L. Davis, B. White and Son, T. Longman, B. Law, J. Dodsley,

H.Baldwin, J. Robson, J. Johnson, C. Dilly, T. Vernor, W. Nicoll,

J. Bew, R. Baldwin, N.Conant, P. Elmlly, W. Goldsmith,
J. Knox, R. Faulder, Leigh & Sotheby, G. Nicol,
J. Murray, A. Strahan, W. Lowndes, T. Evans,
W. Bent, S. Hayes, G. and T. Wilkie,
T. & J. Egerton, W.Fox,P.Macqueen,
D, Ogilvie, B. Collins,

and E. Newbery.
M.DCC.LXXXVII,

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THE general sense of mankind, and the practice

1 of the learned in all ages, have given a fanction to biographical history, and concurred to recommend that precept of the wise son of Sirach, in which we are exhorted to praise famous men, such as by their counsels and by their knowledge of learning were meet for the people,- and were wise and eloquent in their instructions, -and such as recited verses in writing*' In each of these faculties did the person, whose history I am about to write, so greatly excel, that, except for my presumption in the attempt to display his worth, the undertaking may be thought to need no apology; especially if we contemplate, together with his mental endowa ments, those moral qualities which distinguished him, and reflect that, in an age when literary acquisitions and

* Ecclus. Chap. XLIV. Verse 1, et seqq. VOL. I.

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