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MRS. ELEANOR DODDINGTON,
WIFE TO GEORGE DODDINGTON, ESQ.
ONE OF THE LATE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF THE ADMIRALTY,
AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE BOROUGH OF
BRIDGWATER IN SOMERSETSHIRE.
MADAM, THE right reverend author of these Sermons and other Discourses having, upon all occasions, expressed a very high esteem for you, not only as a lady to whom he had the happiness to be nearly related, but as one whose personal virtues and eminent qualifications called for a greater share of his regard, than even the nearest ties of blood can of themselves ever claim, I thought myself obliged to give you as public a testimony of it as I could, by dedicating them to your name.
And I am willing to persuade myself they will meet with a favourable acceptance at your hands; since a lady of your distinguishing sense and known piety cannot but approve of what was so seriously
a [She was sole heiress of Henry Bull esq. of Shapwick. Nelson's Life, p. 6.]