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WHOEVER WISHES, TO ATTAIN AN ENGLISH STYLE, FAMILIAR
BUT NOT COARSE, AND ELEGANT BUT NOT OSTENTATIOUS, MUST GIVE HIS DAYS AND NIGHTS TO THE VOLUMES OF ADDISON.-DR. JOHNSON.
TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
JOHN LORD SOMERS,
BARON OF EVESHAM.
My LORD, THERE is a pleasure in owning obligations which it is an honour to have received, but should I publish any favours done me by your lordship, I am afraid it would look more like vanity than gratitude.
I had a very early ambition to recommend myself to your lordship's patronage, which yet increased in me as I travelled through the countries of which I here give your lordship some account : for whatever great impressions an Englishman must have of your lordship, they who have been conversant abroad will find them still improved. It cannot but be obvious to them, that though they see your