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As it is natural to have a fondness for what has cost us much time and attention to produce, I hope your Grace will forgive an endeavour to preserve this work from oblivion, Vol. IV.
by affixing to it your memorable namę.
I shall not here presume to mention the illustrious passages of your life, which are celebrated by the whole age, and have been the subject of the most sublime pens; but if I could convey you to posterity in your private character, and describe the stature, the behaviour, and aspect of the Duke of Marlborough, I question not but it would fill the reader with more agreeable images, and give him a more delightful entertainment than what can be found in the following, or any other book.
One cannot indeed, without offence to yourself, observe, that you excel the rest of mankind in the least, as well as the greatest