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A BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL PREFACE,
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
My LORD, THE Author of THE SPECTATOR having prefixed before each of his volumes the name of some great person to whom he has particular obligations, lays his claim to your Lordship’s patronage upon the same account. I must confess, my Lord, had not I already received great instances of your favour, I should have been afraid of submitting a work of this nature to your perusal.
* Thomas Wharton ; appointed by King William comptroller of the household, justice in Eyre south of Trent, and lord lieutenant of Oxfordshire ; created Viscount Winchindon in the county of Bucks, and Earl of Wharton in the county of Westmorland, December, 1706; appointed lord lieutenant of Ireland, November, 1708 (when Mr. Addison became his secretary) : lord privy seal, September, 1714; and, in December of the same year, created Marquis of Wharton and Malmesbury in England, and Earl of Rathfarnham and Marquis of Catherlough in Ireland. He died April, 1715, in the 76th year of his age, and was succeeded by his son Philip, whom George I. in 1718, created Duke of Wharton, in consideration of the merits of his father.