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I FLATTER myself that your Majesty will condescend to permit me to present to you these last works of my late father. The protection with which your Majesty honoured him, the favors
conferred upon him, excuse what appears to me presumption in affixing your August Name at the head of this volume. What other more happy occasion could I have of testifying to your Majesty, my profound and lively gratitude? a book which has avowedly for its object, the making of our most holy religion more beloved and obeyed, cannot fail of pleasing your Majesty, who so loves this religion as to make for it the most generous sacrifices, who protects it, and who consecrates the supreme elevation, in which God has placed you, to promote the happiness and comfort of the persecuted poor.
In giving your Majesty these public testimonials of my devotion and zeal, I follow the steps of my
late father. And may I presume to hope, Madam, that the same goodness, which your Majesty deigned to confer upon him, shall be conferred on me, and on my family? I ask most respectfully of your Majesty, the continuance of your royal protection. May God himself, Madam, be the remunerator of your benefits, conferring more and more on your Majesty, the choicest of his favors, and shed them down with the same abundance on your August House ! These are the vows of him, who is with the most respectful veneration,