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Lives and Characters
Of the most Eminent
An Abstract and Catalogue of their Works;
Their various Editions;
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The Judgment of the LEAR N'd concerning
Ducit, & immemores non finit esse sui. Ovid.
patitur. Saluft. de Bell. Jugurth.
E DI Ν Β Ο R G H,
Cross. M. DCC. XI.
JO Η Ν
Earl of M A
Heritable Governour of the Castle of Stirling, hil? Sueldowald A N D 3 bat? Suchnermice
Knight of the most Ancient and most Noble Order of the Thistle.
HE Lives of Learned and Eminent
Men naturally claiin the Patronage of Perfons of your Birth and Quality: For it has been the constant Observa
tion of all Ages, That never any had T
the Character of a truly Great Mari bestowed upon him, but he who was a Patron to the Muses
. Upon which Account, My Lord, I could not have published a Work of this Nature, under à inore suitable Patronage than
that of your Lordship; your Family having produced so many Illustrious Persons both in Literature and War, that it were hard to determine, Whether they have deserved most of their Country for their Performances in the One, or Atchievements in the Other. And altho' the brave and shining Actions of Heroes amuse the World more than the Performances of the Learned; yet we are told by the Roman Orator (a), That there is a certain Sort of Domestic Valour mbich is equal to the most Glorious Ations of the greatest Heroes; and that the Exploirs of the Learned, in their Retirements, are more to be value.I than all the Vitories of the greatest Conquerors, because they are more usefed to Mankind. But, My Lord, altho' the great and main Design of this Work be, to fhow what amazing Heighths of Knowledge, in all the Sciences, our Predeceffors have arrived to, yet there is likewise an Account of their Noble and Heroic Exploits, no less surprisingly Great than that of their Learning in so much, that what the above-cited Orator says of Italy (1), when A
(1) Sunt domefiicæ fortitudines non inferiores militaribus, in quibus plus etiam quam in iis operæ ftudiique ponendum. Cic Offic: lib. 1. (b) Perfecerit ille ut fi montes refediffent, amnes ex aruiflent, non naturæ præfidio, sed victoria lwa cebusque g His Italiam muaitam baberemus, Cic. cont. Pifon.