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EARL of HALLIFAX,
Viscount S U N B`U RY,
First Lord Commissioner of Trade and Plantations,
Beg Your favourable Acceptance of this short Account of the ancient and present State of the Province of New-York.
It is not presented for Your Lordship’s Information. All the World knows, that the Affairs of
the British Colonies, have been, for several Years past, under Your principal Direction ; and the Wifdom of the Measures pursued for their Prosperity and Defence, are indisputable Arguments of Your Acquaintance with their Condition.
Nor am I induced to inscribe these Pages to Your Lordbip, by Interest, the common Motive to Addresses of this Kind. — Being therefore uninfluenced by the Principle, I shall not follow the Example of Dedicators; but fuppress those Sentiments concerning Your Lordhip, which would, nevertheless, give Offence only to Yourself, and to those who envy Your Talents and Your Virtues, and are Enemies to their Effects, Your Reputation and Your Power.
My Lord, Your ardent Attention to the American Plantations, and affiduous Labours for their
Protection and Growth, have laid us under the most indispensible Obligations to Gratitude.
Your Lordship will therefore excuse me for embracing this Opportunity to make a publick Declaration of the deep Sense I have of Your kind Offices to my Country, and to do myself the Honour of testifying, that