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ANTHONY HENLEY, ESO.
character can no more prevent & dedication, than he would encourage one; for merit, like a virgin's blushes, is still most discovered, when it labours most to be concealed.
It is hard, that to think well of you, should be but justice, and to tell you so, should be an offence : thus, rather than violate your modesty, I must be wanting to your other virtues; and, to gratify one good quality, do wrong to a thousand,
The world. generally measures our esteem by the ardour of our pretences ; and will scarce believe that so much zeal in the heart, can be consistent with so much faintness in the expression; but when they reflect on your readiness to do good, and your industry to hide it; on your passion to oblige, and your pain to hear it owned; they will conclude that acknowledgements would be ungrateful to a person, who even seems to receive the obligations he confers.
But though I should persuade myself to be silena upon all occasions ; those more polite arts, which, till of late, have languished and decayed, would appear under their present advantages, and own you for one of their generous restorers ; insomuch, that Sculpture now breathes, Painting fpeaks, Music ravishes; and as you help to refine our taste, you distinguish your own.