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from pleas drawn from my various connexions in life, and, above all, from the great and inceffant demands the discharge of my facred Function makes upon my time and labour; but I fhall decline any further enlargements, and directing myself to Students and young Gentlemen, to whom these papers may be peculiarly ferviceable, conclude with the words of DIONYSIUS HALICARNASSENSIS to his friend RUFUS. "You will

« receive my prefent, which will turn to good account, ❝ provided you are willing induftriously to peruse, and "daily exercise yourself in it, as a matter that may "greatly promote your improvement; for the precepts "of art can by no means form eloquent speakers with

out attention and practice; and your future applica«tion and laborious ftudies are abfolutely needful to " crown my directions with fuccefs *."

Τεθ' εξεις δωρον ημετερον, ω Ρεφε, πολλών ανταξιών αλλων, ει βυληθείης εν ταις χερσι τε αυτα συνεχως, ωσπες τι και αλλα των πανυ χρησιμων, εχειν, καὶ συνασκεῖν αυταις καθ' ημερα. γυμνασίαις. Ου γαρ αυίαρχη τα παραγγελματα των τεχνων και δεινους ανταγωνιςας ποιησαι τις βουλομενους διχα μελέτης τε και γυμνασιας' αλλ' επι τοις πονειν και κακοπαθειν κείται η σπο δαια είναι τα παραγγελμαζα και λογο αξία, η φαύλα και αχρητά. DIONYSIUS HALICARNASSENS. de Compofit. Verb, vol. ii. p. 60. edit. HUDSON.

LONDON, 08. 22, 1767.

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