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M. DE S E C O N D A T,
BARON DE MONTESQUIEU..
F amid the infinite number of subjects contained in this book, there is
any thing, which, contrary to my expectation, may possibly offend, I can at least assure the public, that it was not inserted with an ill intention: For I am not naturally of a captious temper. Plato thanked the Gods, that he was born in the same age with Socrates: and for my part, I give thanks to the Almighty, that I was born a fubje&t of that government under which I live; and that it is his pleasure I should obey those, whom he has made me love.
I beg one favor of my readers, which I fear will not be granted me; this is, that they will not judge by a few hours reading, of the labour of twenty years; that they will approve or condemn the book entire, and not a few particular phrases. A 2