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Beg Leave to approach Your ROYAL HIGHNESS with the First Principles of Knowledge and Polite Learning. And I humbly trust, the Importance of the Precepts which I prefume at the fame Time to lay before your HIGHNESS, will atone for the Impropriety of their coming from me.
As you are born to move in the highest and most extenfive Sphere of Action, fo your acquiring early the noblest Principles of Virtue, together with the cleareft and most comprehenfive Views of Men and Things, is of much more Importance, than if you were placed in any less exalted Rank of Life. The Happiness and Prosperity of a great, a free, and a powerful Nation, may hereafter depend in fome measure on YOUR Virtues, YOUR Temper, YOUR perfonal Abilities and Difpofitions: How important therefore is your Obligation to acquire and cultivate all useful Knowledge, all generous Sentiments, and benevolent Inclinations, in order to maintain your high Station with Dignity and Honour? By these Means you will command the Hearts of a whole People, promote the Happiness of a mighty Kingdom, and at the fame Time establish your own Glory, in
the highest Character a Mortal can fuftain, the Character of a PATRIOT King.
The Language of Truth, tho' most worthy the Ear of Princes, is that to which they are least accustom'd. In the future Progress of your Life you will be approach'd by few but fuch as have either fome immediate Dependence on, or Expectations from you; and a Prince will hear from Thefe, nothing but the Voice of Praise. It is therefore highly important, that the Voice of your own Heart do not contradict their Encomiums. For this Purpose may your ROYAL HIGHNESS employ this early and most proper Season of your Life, in adorning your Mind with useful Knowledge, in warming your Heart with the Love of Virtue, and in cultivating in your Breaft that truly Royal Difpofition of encouraging and rewarding Merit. May you never fuffer the falfe Charms of A 3 Eafe
Ease and Pleasure, to divert you from this glorious Purfuit, nor confider your exalted Birth as exempting you from the Neceffity of these noble Attainments. For it is these alone, that can render your Dignity truly graceful, and place you as the just Object of public Efteem and Admiration.
If this Introduction to Polite Learning, which I here beg Leave to lay at your ROYAL HIGHNESS'S Feet, and which fues for the Honour of your Patronage, shall have the good Fortune to be thought in any Degree worthy the high Distinction to which it afpires; the Pleasure of having afforded the least Affiftance to your ROYAL HIGHNESS in the Acquifition of Knowledge, and of having been in any Degree ferviceable to the Public in fo important a Point as the EDUCATION of YOUTH, will give me the higheft Satisfaction, as I fhall think
I have not been altogether an useless
May your ROYAL HIGHNESS, as you grow in Years, advance and improve in every Princely Endowment! And as you are, next to your ROYAL FATHER, the Hope and Expectation of these united Kingdoms; fo may you live to be, after HIM, their Guardian and their Glory. I am, with great Respect,