THE TRAGEDY OF JANE SHORE.
LONDON: Printed for BERNARD LINTOTT, at the Cross-Keys, between the Two Temple-Gates, in Fleet-street. 1714.
TO HIS GRACE the DUKE
OF Queensberry and Dover, Marquis of Beverley, &c.3
I Have long lain under the greatest Obligations to Your Grace’s Family, and nothing has been more in my Wishes, than that I might be able to discharge some part, at least, of so large a Debt. But Your Noble Birth and Fortune, the Power, Number and Goodness of those Friends You have already, have plac’d You in such an Independency on the rest of the World, that the Services I am able to render to Your Grace can never be advantageous, I am sure not necessary, to You in any Part of Your Life. However, the next Piece of Gratitude, and the only one I am capable of, is the Acknowledgment of what I owe: And as this is the most publick, and indeed the only way I have of doing it, Your Grace will pardon me if I take this Opportunity to let the World know the Duty and Honour I had for your illustrious Father.4 It is, I must confess, a very tender Point to touch upon; and at the fi rst sight may seem an ill chosen Compliment, to renew the Memory of such a Loss, especially to a Disposition so sweet and gentle, and to a Heart so sensible of fi lial Piety as Your Grace’s has been, even from Your earliest Childhood. But perhaps this is one of those Griefs by which the Heart may be made better; and if the Remembrance of his Death bring Heaviness along with it, the Honour that is paid to his Memory by all good Men, shall wipe away those Tears, and the Example of his Life set before Your Eyes, shall be of the greatest Advantage to Your Grace in the Conduct and future Disposition of Your Own.