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Contents of the four former Volumes of this Work,
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VOL. I. for 1798-1799.
D: Joseph White Miss Seward
The Bishop of Llandaff Sir Archibald Macdonald
Mr. Henry Erskine Mrs. Siddons
The Bishop of Salisbury
Sir W Sydney Smith The Duke of Norfolk
Dr. Thomas Haweis Dr. Towers
The Marquis Cornwallis
Mr. George Dyer
Mr. David Williams
VOL. II. for 1799-1800.
The Countess of Derby
The Duke of Grafton Mr. Pratt
ine Duke of Leinster Dr. Currie
Mr. William Cowper
Mr. William Godwin Lord Kenyon
The Rev. Mr. Greaves Mr. Hastings
The Duke of Bedford
Mr Matthew Boulton
VOL. III. for 1800-1801.
Mr. Bushrod Washington
Dr. Hugh Blair
VOL. III. for 1800-1801-continued.
Mr. Edmund Cartwright Mr. George Colmao
Mr. Alderman Skinner
The Duke of Marlborough Mr. John Clerk
The Lord-Justice-Clerk of Dr. Lettfom
VOL. IV. for 1801-1802.
Critical Opinions upon the preceding Volumes. “ This work excites much curiosity because it professedly treats of living characters, and we infer that its information is impartial and correct. It is but justice to own that we have been altogether amused by the publication.-British Critic.
“ A spirit of candour and moderation evidently pervades the present publication. Some of the characters arc drawn with great discrimination, and display an acuteness of powers, and a felicity of expression, not to be found in the feeting productions of the day. In short, the work abounds in moral and critical observations that evince correctness of judgment, and delicacy of taste."
London Review. “ This work discovers refpe&able traite of discrimination, and has the merit of being uncontaminated by the virulence of party spirit." Critical Review.
" The memoirs contained in these volumes are full and accurate in point of information ; judicious in their literary and critical strictures; and exhibit well drawn and appropriate characters of their respective subjects. They are not written under the uni. form influence of any particular theological or political bias.---New Annual Regifter.
“ This work proceeds according to its first design, and it seems to improve as it advances with time. The Volumes contain a considerable number of memoirs of perfons, our contemporaries, who figure in the moral, the political, and the scientific walks of society. The discusion of living characters is a difficult and delicate task, but in the execution of it, the authors of this work have acquitted themselves with as much success as can reasonably be expected.”
WHE times in which we live have been peculiarly
marked by party divisions, feuds, and animosities; attended by more virulence and rancour, more personality and abuse, than good men would have wished to have witnessed, especially when great characters were engaged in a struggle for popularity and power : and the public pulse has been so much irritated and inflamed by these contests, that the fever of party cannot be presumed to have sufficiently subsided, to make it fit for a casual biographer to discuss them; let him bc ever so impartial he would necessarily be liable to be charged as a writer influenced by some prejudice personal or political. If, therefore, in the following memoir of a nobleman, who certainly has not been an inactive spectator of the great events of his own times, we have refrained from entering at large into his political conduct and character, it is because we deem it, at once, more prudent and more becoming to leave such topics to the candid pen of the future historian, and to the cooler judgment of posterity. William Lord Auckland, LL.D. and F. R. S. is 1802-3. B