May it please your Royal Highness,
The following devotions do in their original language abundantly recommendthemselves to the world, not only by their own intrinsic worth, but by theauthority of those venerable names, among whose works they are published. Andsince this last advantage is what the
cannot receive from the character of the translator, your royal highness will, I hope, have the goodness to pardon hisambition, in presuming to supply that defect, by the honour of your royalhighness’s patronage and acceptance. That holy zeal, which they are intended tokindle in others. Good men behold with great satisfaction already shining brightin your royal highness; so that their proper and utmost efficacy to be attained with regard to you, madam, is the cherishing and exercising that devotion andpiety, which I pray God they may in some degree be serviceable for inspiringcommon readers with.
May the fountain of all goodness
preserve your preciouslife, and continue your royal highness long to us a bright example, and a signal blessing to this and future ages: may he hear and grant the daily petitions of hischurch,
endue you with his Holy Spirit; enrich you with his heavenly grace,
prosper you with all happiness, and bring you to his everlasting kingdom
.These, madam, I beg leave, with all humility and most profound respect, toassure your royal highness, are the sincere, earnest, and constant prayers of,
(May it please your Royal Highness)Your royal highness’smost obedient, and most devoted servant,
Apr. 12 1701GEO. STANHOPE.