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THE MOST NOBLE tion; I am encouraged to make them publick, and have taken the liberty to inscribe them to Your Lordship.

GEORGE

Marquis and Earlof Huntly, &c. MY LORD,

X HE Duchess Of Gordon having condescended to read the greater part of these papers; and to fay, that they may be useful to Young Persons, and that some things in them are not unworthy of Your atten

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To regulate the principles, and form the taste, of Young Men, has been my employment, and favourite study, for many year*. I cannot affirm, that my success has been equal to my wishes j for then it would have been great indeed: but I have the fatisfaction to know, that my labour has not been vain. Let me, therefore, indulge the pleasing hope, that Your Lordship, when a little further advanced in life, will one day do me the honour to declare, that the following Discourses have afforded You some amusement, and that You approve of the sentiments conveyed in them. And, from that quickness of parts, gentleness of manners, ners, and generosity of mind, which You inherit from Your Noble Parents, may I not presume, that the day is not far distant?

Of Your Noble Parents, My Lord, it is not easy for me to speak, without the warmest expressions of admiration and gratitude. But their virtues, and the obligations I am under to them, are subjects, whereon They do not permit me to expatiate. If They did, Truth would oblige me to declare what might perhaps incur the suspicion of flattery, and certainly would of ostentation. Continue, My Lord, to be like Them: And you cannot fail to be a blessing to Your country, an ornament to Your high rank, and the delight of all who approach you j the friend of the poor, the A 3 comforter comforter of the afflicted, and the patron of honest industry.

I have the honour to be,
With sincere affection,
My LORD,
Your Lordship's most humble
And most faithful Servant,

January i,

1 83 JAMES BEATTIE.

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