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Ει δε τις υπο τύλων μη πάσχη των λόγων, υπό μόνων αν των εν αδε δικαςηρίων υπευθυνθείη.
SIMPLIC. in EPICTET. Proem.
PRINTED BY EDWARD BAINES,
FOR THE EDITORS; CONDER, BUCKLERSBURY; BUTTON, PATERNOSTER-ROW;
LEEDS; COLBERT, DUBLIN; WILSON AND SPENCE,
YORK; OGLE AND AIKMAN, EDINBURGH; M.
OGLE, GLASGOW; CROOKES, ROTHERHAM;
AND ABEL, NORTHAMPTON.
TO HER ROYAL HIGHNESS
THE PRINCESS OF WALES.
Most thankfully acknowledge the condescension of your Royal Highness in allowing me the honour of laying this work at your feet, and committing it to so august a protection; and humbly beg your favourable acceptance of it, as a most sincere, though inconsiderable, expression of the profoundest duty, and most cordial esteem.
Could I lay open to your Royal Highness all the secret sentiments of my heart, you would read there the most affectionate sense of that gracions Providence which conducted you hither, to instruct and adorn Great Britain by so amiable an example; as well as to bless it with a race of princes descended from the illustrious houses of Brunswick and Saxe Gotha in so happy an union! Joyfully have I, long since; taken my part with thousands, in congratulating my country and your Royal Highness on this occasion, and acknowledging that wise and paternal care his Majesty hath therein expressed for the happiness of succeeding generations: but permit me, Madam, freely to add, that with regard to yourself, I rejoice not so much in this accession to your grandeur, as in the persuasion I have, that you are possessed of a mind so superior to it, as to render it in all its remotest consequences, what greatness is not always to its possessors, safe, honourable, and advantageous. Universal report leaves me no room to doubt, that even in this blooming age you are tenderly sensible of the shining dangers inseparable from