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Reader,

If thou art a BRITON,
Behold this Tomb with Reverence and Regret:

Here lie the Remains of

DANIEL PULTENEY,
The kindeft Relation, the truest Friend,
The warmeft Patriot, the worthiest Man ;

He exercised Virtues in this Age,
Sufficient to have distinguish'd him even in the beft. ' :

Sagacious by Nature,
Industrious by Habit,

Inquifitive with Art;
He gain!d a complete Knowledge of the State of Britain,

Foreign and domestic.
In most the backward Fruit of tedious Experience,
In him the early Acquisition of undissipated Youth :

He fervid the Court several years : me. Abroad, in the auspicious Reign of Queen Anne, At home, in the Reign of that excellent Prince K. George the firft.

He ferved his Country always,

At Court independent,

In the Senate unbiass'd,
At every Age, and in every Station :
This was the bent of his generous Soul,
This the Business of his laborious Life.

Public Men, and Public Things,
He judged by one conftant Standard,

The true Interest of Britain :
He made no other Distinction of Party,

He abhorred all other :
Gentle, humane, disinterested, beneficent,
He created no Enemies on his own Account :

Firm, determin'd, inflexible,
He feared none he could create in the Cause of Britain.

Reader,
In this Misfortune of thy Country lament thy own :

For know,
The Loss of fo much private Virtue

Is a public Calamity,

That poignant fatire, as well as extravagant praise, may be conveyed in this manner, will be seen by the following Epitaph written by Dr. Arbuthnot on Francis Chartres; which is too well known, and too much admired, to need our commendation,

HERE continueth to rot
The Body of FRANCIS CHARTRES, :
Who with an INFLEXIBLE CONSTANCY,
And INIMITABLE UNIFORMITY of Life,

PERSISTED,
In spite of Age and INFIRMITIES,
In the Practice of EVERY HUMAN Vice,

Excepting PRODIGALITY and HYPOCRISY : His insatiable AVARICE exempted him from the first, His matchless IMPUDENCE from the second.

Nor was he more fingular
In the undeviating Pravity of his Manners,

Than fuccessful

In Accumulating WEALTH:
For, without TRADE or PROFESSION,
Without TRUST of PUBLIC Money,
And without BRIBE-WORTHY Service,
He acquired, or more properly created,

A MINISTERIAL ESTATE.
He was the only person of his Time
Who could CHEAT without the Mask of HONESTY,

Retain his Primæval MEANNESS
When possess'd of TEN THOUSAND a year;
And having daily deserved the GIBBET for what he did,
Was at last condemn'd to it for what he could not do.

Oh Indignant Reader !
Think not his Life useless to Mankind ;
PROVIDENCE conniv'd at his execrable Designs,

To give to After-ages
A conspicuous Proof and EXAMPLE,
Of how small Eftimation is ExorBITANT WEALTH

in the Sight of GOD, By his bestowing it on the most UNWORTHY of ALL'

MORTALS.

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