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The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and
His Excellency Alan Lord Brodrick, Baron of Middleton, one of the Lords Juftices, and Lord High-Chancellor of the Kingdom of Ireland.
May it pleafe Tour Excellency,
HE following Treatise might justly be intitled to your Patronage, were it equal to the Extent of the Science treated of which exceeds all others inCertainty and Clearness, and, by a Natural and Regular Method, conduces much to the opening and enlarging of the Mind.
But, tho' it can't pretend to any fuch Perfection, yet, as it may, in fome Measure, advance fo useful a part of Learning, I take the Liberty to put it under Your Protection, My Lord, who gave early Proofs of a clear Understanding, an exact Judgment, and a vaft Genius capable of comprehending and perfecting the most abftrufe Sciences.
As thefe Qualities made you eminent in your Profeffion, fo your Integrity gain'd you fuch an Univerfal Esteem, that, with the general Approbation of the People, you were foon called into feveral Great Stations, and at length defervedly advanced to the highest Dignities in that Kingdom, the Publick Welfare whereof you have constantly promoted in all the Employments and Offices which you have fo honourably filled; And that you may long live the great Ornament thereof is the hearty Wish of,
Moft Humble, and
Moft Obedient Servant
Part II. Of Fractional Quantities.
Part III. Involution.