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BEING A COLLECTION OF
From the Year 1762 to 1769.
The PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCE,
SPEECHES, AND ADDRESSES,
JOHN W I L K E S, Esq.
HUMBLY DEDICATED TO THE KING.
Printed by and for T.BALDWI N, in Great May's Buildings, St. Martin's Lane $
TH E only motive which urges the Editor of these papers to dedicate them to your <> Majesty, is* the greatness of the subject on which £ they treat, and the manifest tendency they have to S| promote those principles of liberty which your Majesty, as a Briton, and as a King who glories in ■$•' that name, has ever encouraged and maintained.
The dedicating to your Majesty a work so particularly designed, as the following papers evidently are, to support the principles of freedom and the spirit of a free constitution, cannot, it is presumed, sail to be acceptable; and the more so, as these papers breathe throughout a just sense of, and a sincere respect for, the honour and dignity os your Majesty's person and government.
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a Animated \
se Animated with the spirit os an Englishman,
X the author has dared to censure or approve such y.
i measures just as they have either deserved the con
j tempt or approbation os the people in general.
He has ventured to assert the rights of an English subject, and to lay before the eyes of the whole nation, the actions of a set os ministers totally lost to all fense os the public good, grasping aster private interest and emolument, threatening destruction and slavery to the state, and gloryin the subversion os all legal government. <it
He laments, with a just indignation, over the many attempts which have been made to deceive your Majesty; to dress out falfhood in the garb of truth; and to alienate that affection which ever has, and ever will subsist between your Majesty and the people. ,*,
He has exclaimed against such proceedings as * unconstitutional, base, and insidious; and has en
*"' deavoured, at the fame time (by holding up their actions to public view) to reclaim them from their wicked courses, and to shame them into the performance of those duties of their station, which they
<J> have so long most unaccountably neglected.
He has taken every legal measure, both in his X public and private capacity, to support the rights x of a free-born people.
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He is now suffering under the most tedious and harm confinement, as a man steady and immovable in the cause os liberty.
In all these different characters he has paid to X your Majesty that respect and duty, which becomes ^ an honest, well-meaning, and loyal subject. "'
. Under his present afflicting circumstances he Y still remains, with the fame warm zeal, a wellIk wisher to your Majesty and to the good of his
country, unsupported by place, pension, or any
"f It has ever been his ambition to bring to strict * I justice those enemies of the constitution, who have
employed every wicked and detestable practice to
inflave and oppress your people.
He has, of consequence, been the object os their .$.
revenge, and the victim os their violence and arbi
rary power; and for many years has been repre
se'nted to your Majesty as disaffected and even #.