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of jocose and pleasant Pieces, I was advised to insert a judicious Set of Speeches spoken in Parliament by some of our most celebrated Statesmen and Senators. I have often wondered indeed, that since our Neighbouring Nations have thought it convenient for the Instruction of their Youth, to publish a select Collection of the best Speeches out of Lhy> Sallvjl, Tacitus, Qh- Curtinsy and other eminent Authors, none of our Countrymen have either hadr the inclination or leisure, to make such a Dele9usr out of bur own great Masters of Eloquence, than which nothing cou'd be more advantageous to our young Gentlemen, to instruct them, how to express themselves justly and hansomely in any great Assemblies, to which they may be called. Not to revive the Quarrel oetween the' Ancients and the Moderns, I am intirely of the Opinion, that we have not fallen much short of them upon these Occasions 5 and as for our Rivals the French, who pretend to carry the Prize .of. Eloquence from all the World besides, I would only desire any unprejudiced Reader to compare their most celebrated Compositions, with what he will find in this Miscellany, to the Honour of our Constitution be it said, which allows our Members of Parliament to express themselves with that Liberty and Vigour, which is wholly unknown to all other Governments : I dare maintain, that my Lord Falkland, and some few of his contemporaries in the long Parliament, ment, my Lord Briftol, my Lord Chancellor Hjde, &c: have deliver'din thbfe Aflemblies, Difconrfes as foil of Warmth and Spirit, purity of language, and jbfinefs of Reafonfng, as ever Athens ox Rome were known to produce, in the moft ffourllhing Periods of thofe two famous Republicks. I have £r proper occafion here to mention fome worthy Gentlemen now alive, who are m no refpett inferiour to their Predeceffors > But the wife: Obfervation of Yater cuius hinders me froth dwelling upon To inviting a Subject, who checks, me with Ptvorum ut magna admirat'io, fra'Cerifkra diffteilis.
To relieve the Reader,' 1 thought it not a-^ mifs to entertain him with two or three fat£tions Speeches, written %y the. late Loyal and Witty Sir J. Berknhead^ln'the time of that hang unnatural. RebeUion; fathered upon Alderman Atkins, and others;;' Asr they were out of Print, and hardly to be found any where, but iri a few Libraries, 1 was eafily perfwaded to retrieve fuch valuable Papers from the unworthy Oblivion they had. fo long been buried under. u-nuj\-\,:> > Vac -j. I
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