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Reprinted from the edition of 1733, London
First AMS EDITION published 1968
Manufactured in the United States of America

Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number: 68-58620

AMS PRESS, INC.
New York, N. Y. 10003

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My LORD,

AM proud that every Address of mine to You should begin with the Acknowledgments of my Gratitude. This has

particular Reasons to do so; for Your Lordship was so good to bespeak the Patronage of a part

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I shall be easily pardon'd, tho'I should profess a Sorrow for being reduc'd to make You this unworthy Offering; because, I know, Your Lordship is truly a Mourner for the Necessity. The good Lady Orrery (whose Memory I most sincerely venerate) did me the Honour of making her early Claim: and it comes now to You by the melancholy Right of Executorship: Would it had Merit enough to plead its Interest duly, as an Orphan and Relict from so dear a Friend!

It is a Maxim, I think, My Lord, of Monsieur Rochefoucault, that all our Actions and Desires flow from the Spring of Self-love. My ardent, but vain, Wishes that a long Life might crown the Countess of Orrery's Virtues, I may fay, {prung from a more generous Motive. * I had Your Lordship’s Joy and Interest principally in View : and wish'd

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She might survive, both to have made happy Your Bed, and shared in the Education of those dear Pledges, which she has left You, of your mutual Affection.

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I have Your Lordship's Word for it, that She was, while living, my very good Friend: an Honour, that I would wish to repay, now She is no more, by raising a Monument of Gratitude to her Name. Without aiming at her Praise, I can barely hope to do Justice to her Memory! Truth, in an Epitaph or Characteristic, may do the World some Service, while it exhibits a Pattern to be follow'd : but Flattery fo exceeds all Proportion, that it leaves no Room for Imitation.

I never left your Lordship’s House, without the strongest Impressions of those Sweets, which endear Connubial Society. All the Qualities, that can maké Woman laftingly amiable, were

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center'd in Lady Orrery. The Fondness of a Wife, and tender Mother, were eminently conspicuous in all her Behaviour. It was a pleasure to her to adapt her self to all Your Lordship’s Sentiments: and You could honour None with any Degree.of your Friendship, but That was a Merit to recommend them to her Smiles. In her Conversation, the Vivacity of Youth was happily temper'd with the Sageness of the Ma

She knew how to be pleasant without Levity, and to display Wisdom divested of all its disagreeable Severities. With what Sweetness of Deportment She behav'd to her Domesticks, was visible in that Love and Reverence with which they obey'd her. She maintain'd the Respect due to her Rank, without being either supercilious or affected : yet at the same time knew, that her great Birth and Station ought not to set her above being the Mistress of her family. Hence, in the Point of your Table, while she consulted your. Quality, She

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