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The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot. Prov. x. 7.
TO THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS PRINCE
e their labours and the productions ustrious personages, and send them under the sanction of their names, ntly and rightly; because, by such e to their works both authority, and those aims of malignity which are at them: for such is the state of huhe more excellent things are, the more O envy and to the shatts of the malecomes to pass, that laudable literaproductions of genius and erudition, doubt some of the best of things, and particular and serious attention of tle stand in need of their Mecænas, and also of their Ulysses, who may es with his ivory sceptre.-And some sanction of the names of illustrious they may thereby immortalize those down to the records of fame the indithey make their dedication: with the y may be led to love their virtues, and e animated by the examples thus held ich praises.-Others again do it from they may thereby express their thanks, degree make a return for benefits ree behind them a testimony of their by whom they have been treated with