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RICHARD WATSON, D.D. F.R.S.
LORD BISHOP OF LANDAFF.
An application having been made by a respectable individual, to collect and republish, at his own risk, my Prize Essays on the Economical Feeding of Horses and Cattle, with the hopes of giving them a more extended circulation, I have not thought myself at liberty to withhold my consent.
Many of the experiments owe their origin to suggestions gleaned in conversations I have had the pleasure and satisfaction of
a 3 holding holding with you, which emboldens me fo* solicit the honour of your sanction and kind permission of dedicating them to your Lordship.
Nothing can be more gratifying than this public opportunity of acknowledging the many obligations I am under to your Lordship, for the uniform kindness of years, and at the same time professing the profound respect and esteem entertained for your character.
One of the most powerful incentives to the prosecution of my Agricultural exertions has been the encouragement and approbation which you have been pleased to bestow upon them: greatly indeed am I beholden to your Lordship for this inexhaustible source of amusement, which has employed so large a portion of my time pleasurably, and, as I am willing to suppose, not altogether unprofitably to the community or myself.
In common with a large majority of the kingdom, I lament, for the sake of the country, that talents, which on so many various occasions have been so powerfully and successfully employed in defence of religion, in providing for the security of the empire, and in the extension and elucidation of science, have not been called forth to fill the first stations in Church and State:
Your reputation, my Lord, stands on too solid and secure- a basis to acquire additional fame or celebrity from the blandish* ments of rank or power. The acquirement of honour by servility, or the petty intrigues of a court, have something in them repugnant to the feelings of elevated minds, and are incompatible with that independency of character for which your Lordship has been distinguished. Whilst enlightened and liberal sentiments of toleration, calculated to exalt that Church of which you are
a 4 so so conspicuous a member, and to disarm opposing sects,—whilst unshaken attachment to the principles of our glorious Constitution, as declared at the Revolution,-— whilst an enlarged and comprehensive knowledge of the interests of this extended empire, united to a zealous, dignified, and patriotic disposition strenuously to promote its spiritual and temporal prosperity,—can command respect, and warm the hearts of Britons, your Lordship's memory will live revered and beloved.
Those who have the felicity of seeing your Lordship in private life, will bear testimony with me, that however splendid the virtues which adorn your public character, they are equalled by qualities, though less brilliant, not less estimable, which so justly endear your Lordship to all within the . sphere of your domestic and social intercourse.
Deign, my Lord Bishop, to accept this