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WOLSEY, I have prefumed to Dedicate it to You; because (Pardon me, if I am mistaken) you feem to have pay'd a most remarkable Regard to his Memory, by preferving, with the greatest Exactness, the Structure and Form of an Antient, Beautiful, and Magnificent Building,* that once had fo Eminent a Founder.
THIS is (to me) an evident Demonftration of Your Efteem for that Great Man, and was the Reafon of my being ambi
* At Eber in Surry.
tious to prefix your Honourable Name to this Collection; hoping it may meet with your favourable Reception, which will certainly give it a confiderable Weight with the Publick, and add a fingular Pleasure to,
Your most Humble, and
Moft Obedient Servant.
April 26, 1742.
HERE is nothing, either more Useful or Entertaining, than to be placed in the great Theatre of human Life, (of which History gives us the most extenfive and compleat Representation) and,by beholding herein the great Actions and Engagements, the frequent Calamities and Diftreffes of others, we may become so cautious and wife, as to fhun the Shoals and Rocks on which many have split, It is here, that we see whole Ages exhibited to us in one View; with the various Operations of mortal Paffions; the different Principles by which our Fellow-Creatures are acted; the different Objects they are in Pursuit of; and the different If
fues and Events which their Actions at