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THE FIFTH EDITION.
by the Author
M DCC LXXIII,
Τ Η Ε
Earl of SHELBURNE.
took particular delight in Cicero's writings, might conclude he had made a considerable proficiency in the art of eloquence. With equal propriety it may be affirmed of the work, which I have the honour of presenting to your
lordship, that whoever finds a pleasure in perusing the Spirit of Laws, must be deemed to have greatly improved in the study of jurisprudence and politics. Your lordship has been a constant admirer of this celebrated work; and from thence VOL. I.
you have imbibed that noble and manly taste, that dignity of sentiment, and those refined ideas of civil liberty, which have endeared you to the public, and for which you have been already distinguished in the British Senate. This, indeed, has been my inducement for prefixing your name to a performance, which has hitherto claimed no patronage or protection of the great; but has supported itself by its intrinsic merit, and even commanded the applause of the literary world. It is not my intention, My Lord, in this address, to follow the common track of dedicators, by writing a panegyric on your virtues, or launching into encomiums on your noble progenitors. Let other pens, when posterity shall anxiously enquire into the history of your transactions, expatiate on those accomplishments,which add a new lustre to your high birth ; let them paint that dignity without pride, that magnificence without profusion, that elegance of manners, that affability, and that public spirit,