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AVING finished this
H First Volume of the
Hiftory of the Life and

Times of that great Prelate and
Minister of State, CARDINAL

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WOLSEY, I have prefumed to Dedicate it to You; because (Pardon me, if I am mistaken) you seem 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 Demonstration of Your Efteem for that Great Man, and was the Reason of my being ambi


* At Efber in Surry.

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tious to prefix your Honourable Name to this Collection; hoping it may meet with your favourable Reception, which will cer

tainly give it a confiderable Weight with the Publick, and add a fingular Pleasure to,


Your most Humble, and

Moft Obedient Servant,

Richmond, March 25, 1742.



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