4 to be a very unreasonable Request; since by being inscribed to Your Ladyship, tho' without Your Knowledge, and from a concealed Hand, You cannot recommend them without some Suspicion of Partiality. My real Design is, I confess, the very same I have often detested in most Dedications; That of Publishing Your Praises to the World. Not upon the Subject of Your noble Birth, for I know others as Noble; or of the Greatness of Your Fortune, for I know others far greater; or of that beautiful Race (the Images of their Parents) which calls You Mother: For even this may perhaps have been equall'd in some other Age or Country. Besides, none of these Advantages do derive any Accomplishments to the Owners, but serve at best only to adorn what they really possess. What I intend, is Your Piety, Truth, Good Sense, and