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Sir Richard Steele.
Mala Opinio, Bene parta, dele&tat. Sen.
Church in the Temple. and 7 Brown at the Black
To the Right Honourable the
front daring and wicked Men, in the Prosecution of Purposes deftructivetotheir Coun
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The honest Intention of them was what first recommended me to your Lordship's Friendship, and I hope you will forgive me that I cannot conceal a Circumstance so advantageous to the Fame of them, as that of your Lordship's Approbation.
The painful Struggle under so great a Difficulty, as explaining with a Ministry in openContradiction to their Proceed
ings, is what can be supported by nothing less than the Testimony of a good Conscience, and an Heart pure from a vicious Ambition. And these are such Supports as will keep a Man from languishing in Discontent, should He, amidt the Prosperities of the Cause he has endeavoured to serve, live to find Zeal for the Publick, of all Humane Virtues, the most exposed to the cool