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HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF
QUEENSBERRY AND DOVER,
MARQUIS OF BEVERLEY, &c.
I HAVE long lain under the greatest obligation to rour Grace's family, and nothing has been more in ny wishes, than that I might be able to discharge come part, at least, of so large a debt. But your nokle birth and fortune, the power, number, and goodzess of those friends you have already, have placed rou in such an independency on the rest of the world, hat the services I am able to render to your Grace, an never be advantageous, I am sure not necessary, o you in any part of your life. However, the next viece of gratitude, and the only one I am capable of, s the acknowledgment of what I owe: and as this s the most public, and indeed the only way I have f doing it, your Grace will pardon me, if I take this pportunity, to let the world know the duty and hoour I had for
your illustrious father. It is, I must onfess, a very tender point to touch upon; and at he first sight, may seem an ill-chosen compliment, to
memory of such a loss, especially to a disosition so sweet and gentle, and to a heart so senible of filial piety, as your Grace's has been, even
from your earliest childhood.
But perhaps, this is one of those griefs, by which the heart
be made better; and if the remembrance of his death bring heaviness along with it, the honour that is paid 10 his memory by all good men, shall wipe away those tears, and the example of his life, set before your cyes, shall be of the greatest advantage to your Grace, in the conduct and future disposition of your own.
In a character so amiable, as that of the Duke of
he Queensberry was, there can be no part so proper lo begin with, as that which was in him, and is in all
hi good men, the foundation of all other virtues, cithe: religious or civil, I mean good-nature: Good-nature, which is friendship between man and man, goot
h breeding in courts, charity in religion, and the tru: spring of all beneficence in general. This was a qua
| lity he possessed in as great a measure as any gentle man I ever had the honour to know. natural sweetness of temper, which made him the best man in the world to live with, in
kind of re lation. It was this made him a good master to ha servants, a good friend to his friends, and the ter derest father to his children. For the last, I call have no better voucher than your Grace; and for
may appeal to all that have had the honor to know him. There was a spirit and pleasure in hi conversation, which always enli vened the company he was in; which, together with a certain easin
and frankness in his disposition, that did not at all peri derogate from the dignity of his birth and character,
rendered him infinitely agreeable. And as no man is had a more delicate taste of natural wit, his conha versation always abounded in good-humour.
For those parts of his character which related to the public, as he was a nobleman of the first rank, and a minister of state, they will be best known by
the great employments he passed through; all which fhe discharged worthily as to himself, justly to the
princes who employed him, and advantageously for and his country. There is no occasion to enumerate his
several employments, as secretary of state, for ScotGoude land in particular, for Britain in general, or lord ma high commissioner of Scotland ; which last office he and bore more than once; but at no time more honourably, and (as I hope) more happily, both for the preage
and for posterity, than when he laid the I foundation for the British Union.
The constancy and address which he manifested on that occasion, wls are still fresh in every body's memory; and perhaps
when our children shall reap those benefits from that anli work, which some people do not foresee and hope for las, now, they may remember the Duke of Queensberry and with that gratitude, which such a piece of service done to his country
He shewed, upon all occasions, a strict and im
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mediate attachment to the crown, in the legal vice of which, no man could exert himself more dutifully, nor more strenuously: and at the same time, no man gave more bold and more
generous evidences of the love he bore to his country. Of the lalter, there can be no better proof, than the share he had in the late happy Revolution; nor of the former
, than that dutiful respect, and unshaken fidelity
, per arts which he preserved for her present majesty, even 10 his last moments.
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With so many good and great qualities, it is not at all strange that he possessed so large a share, as ke was known to have, in the esteem of the queen, and her immediale predecessor; nor that those great princes should repose the highest confidence in him: and at the same time, what a pattern has he left be your prine hind him for the nobility in general, and for you Grace in particular; to copy after!
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Your Grace will forgive me, if my zeal for your
naturally that sweetness of temper, which, as I ham
tions. You have the honour to be born, not only of the greatest, but of the best parcnts; of a gentleman generally beloved, and generally lamented; and of a lady adorned with all virtues that enter into the character of a good wise, an admirable friend, and z most indulgent mother.
The natural advantages If your mind, have been cultivated by the most proper arts and manners of education. You have the care of many noble friends, and especially of an exellent uncle, to watch over you in the tenderness of your youth. You set out amongst the first of maniind, and I doubt not but your virtues will be equal o the dignity of your rank.
That I may live to see your Grace eminent for the ove of your country, for your service and duty to our prince, and, in convenient time, adorned with all the honours that have ever been conferred upon our noble family: that you may be distinguished to osterity, as the bravest, greatest, and best man of the ge you live in, is the hearty wish and prayer of