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I FEEL a hope that the plainness and sim
plicity of the following Discourses will not be thought to render them wholly unworthy of Your Majesty's notice. They were written to instruct the ignorant, not to dazzle or inform the wise. It was a duty arising from my situation, constantly to study perspicuity more than ornament, and to endeavour to be intelligible rather than profound. But Your Majesty is not likely to turn away from them on this account. I believe firmly, that the most unenlightened of His Majesty's subjects are
far from being the least interesting objects of his paternal care and solicitude; and what care of HIS bosom does not Your Majesty participate?
These considerations, Madam, and others like to these, encourage me to hope, that it may not appear altogether improper, to have endeavoured in this manner to unite the most distant objects, and to have solicited Your Majesty's permission to lay my ministerial labours for the Cottage at the foot of the Throne !
It is with profound respect that I have the honour to be,
and devoted servant,