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A BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL PREFACE,
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
As the professed design of this work is to entertain its readers in general, without giving offence to any particular person, it would be difficult to find out so proper a patron for it as yourself, there being none whose merit is more universally acknowledged by all parties, and who has made himself more friends, and fewer
* This gentleman, to whose kindness Addison partly owed his introduction to Lord Godolphin, was the youngest son of Charles Lord Clifford. He was appointed by King William, Chancellor of the Exchequer, in March, 1701; in which post he continued till February 1707-8, when he was made one of the principal Secretaries of State, and so remainded till September 1710. George I. on his accession, created Mr. Boyle Lord Carleton, and soon after made him President of the Council. He died a bachelor, March, 1724-5.