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Uno se pectore -
Condidit, et major conjunctis viribus exit. CLAuD.

L O N DO N :
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR,

by s. Hamilton, Falcon-court, Fleet-street; - -
AND sold By G. KEARSLEY, No. 46, IN THAT STREET:

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TO THE MOST Noble

THE MARQUIS OF LANSDOWNE.

MY LORD,

YoUR great ancestor, sir William Petty,
was one of the early advisers of a consolida-
tion of the English and Irish parliaments:
sensible of its expediency, he recommended
it by strong arguments. As, with his fortune
and talents, you inherit his predilection for
such a measure, a work which traces the
progress and relates the completion of the late
scheme of union may with obvious propriety
be inscribed to your lordship.
Your judgement, on a perusal of this,
history, may induce you to disallow the pre-
tensions of the author to the praise of literary
merit; but your politeness will excuse the
freedom of the dedicator. If the performance

should be entitled to approbation, your lordship

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