I humbly beg leave to lay at Your Majesty's Feet the following Inquiry into the Causes that have retarded the Advancement of the Polite Arts amongst Your Majesty's People.1
From Your Patronage2 and Example, these Arts have already acquired a strength and vigour hitherto unknown in this Country; and it is from the same most gracious Source they are to receive that perfection which will give Lustre to our Age, and be the Admiration of future times.
May it please Your Majesty,
Your Majesty's most dutiful Servant,
And most faithful Subject,
Nov. 10, 1774.