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Your Quality has diftinguish'd You, but Nature too; and as none but Your Great Ancestor, who adopted You, cou'd give You fo great a Fortune; fo none but Heav'n, who inspir'd him to do it, fuch a Soul to ufe it. How often has Your Charity feem'd a Profusion, and always done with a Grace and Behaviour ftill greater! For the Wants of many that Addrefs to You laft no longer than the time of telling them.

Wealth, if well confider'd, is but a splendid Vexation; and He Manages the best, who is


neither Intemperate with it, nor Uneafie without it. I dare fay, I ain now writing to one whofe Conduct discovers that Moderation and Humility may be confiftent with Superfluity and Power; and that Show and Vanity are not conftant Attendants on Youth, and a great Eftate. On how many Occafions of late have You been known to fhun Popularity, with more Industry than others court it! How little do You affect what the Cry of the Populace wou'd make one believe You promoted fo much! A Tumult * A 2


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is a Frenzy you neither like nor Encourage; nor can any Caufe You engage in, want the Supports of Licentiousness and Violence. You are well affur'd, that Hate is often Blind as well as Love; and that none ought to be treated as Enemies, but those whom the Laws of Nature and Nations have declar'd fo.

From this Confideration it is, that Candour and Benevolence directs all Your Actions, and that You are a Friend to every one that is not otherwise to Your Country. An equal Temper, a human Behaviour,


and a good Confcience are the chief Pursuits of Your Ambition: And therefore it is that You chufe Retirement at an Age, when others think they breath not out of a Hurry, and a Court. With what Satisfaction do you always leave the Diverfions of the Town for the Solitude of Claremont, where Nature at one careless Stroak has sketcht an infinite Variety; so pleasant is the Situation, and yet so proud, You can at once enjoy Your lov'd Recefs, and look down on the Neighb'ring Royal Palaces that are crowded below.


There the Air is not tainted with the Breath of Flattery, nor ruffled with Animofities; but Truth walks unmask'd, and Innocence fleeps unguarded. There You Study the Interest of the Publick, and the Good of every private Man; and imitate very early that great Conful who frequently withdrew from Rome, and the Fafces, to Practife at Tufculum what he had learned at Athens.

I have fometime fince obferved, that he who came to advise You was always more welcome, than he that came to flatter


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