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Printed for Phil. CRAMPTON, Bookseller, at| Addison's-Head, oppofite to the Horse-Guard,
in Dame-Street. MDCC XXXVII.
a Fondness for what
Time and Attention to produce, I hope your Grace will forgive an Endeavour to preserve this work from Oblivion, by affixing it to your memorable Name : , A 2
I shall I shall not here presume to mention the illustrious Passages of your Life, which are celebrated by the whole Age, and have been the Subject of the most fublime Pens; but if I could convey you to Pofterity in your private Character, and describe the Stature, the Behaviour and Afpect of the Duke of Marlborough, I question not but it would fill the Reader with more agreeable Images, and give him a more delightful Entertainment than what can be found in the following, or any other Book.
ONE cannot indeed without Offence, to your self, observe, that you excel the rest of Mankind in the least, as well as the greatest Endowments. Nor were it a Circumstance to be mention ed, if the Graces and Attractions of your Person were not the only. Preheminence you have above others, which is left, almost, unobserved by greater Writers.
Yet how pleasing would it be to those who shall read the surprizing Revolutions in your Story, to be made acquainted. with your ordinary Life and Deportment? How pleasing would it be to hear that the same Man who carried Fire and Sword into the Countries of all that had opposed the Cause of Liberty, and struck. a Terror into the Armies of France, had in the midst of His high Station a Behaviour as gentle as: is usual in the first
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