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CHARACTERS

OF

1809-10

6.

I wish no other herald,
.No other speaker of my living actions,
“ To keep mine honour from corruption,
“ But such an honest chronicler."

Hen. VIII. Act 4, Sc...
" Hic nigræ succus, loliginis ; hæc est
Ærugo mera; quod vitium procul afore chartis,
“ Atque animo prius, ut si quid promittere de me
“ Possum aliud vere, promitto.”

HORACE, Sat. i. 4. 100.

Law

PLONDON:
PRINTED FOR SHERWOOD, NEELY, AND JONES,

PATERNOSTER-ROW, '
By. T. Gillet, Crown-court, Fleet-street.

1809.
[Price Twelve Shillings in Boards. ]

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PREFACE.

ANOTHER, forming the tenth Volume of PUBLIC CHARACTERS, is now presented with all due deference, as well as gratitude, to that nation which has hitherto been pleased to approve of, and patronize the work. Like the preceding ones, its contents have been supplied by contributions from the pens of several authors, who have thus assuredly added to the variety, and it is to be hoped also, to the interest on the whole.

We rejoice, on the present occasion, to have been enabled to introduce a scientific article, and to mingle the discoveries of a philosopher, with the exploits of our seamen and our soldiers, the eloquence of our statesmen, the learning of our lawyers, and the piety of our prelates. :

It may be proper to remark also, that the American Characters now, as before, have been furnished by a native of the United States, who has appeared in a public capacity in Europe, and is well known in England as a man of letters. Intimately aca quainted with the lives, habits, and pursuits of the gentlemen alluded to, he may be said to have painted from the life; it is proper, however, to remark, that, regular and correct himself, he is not chargeable with any of the errors that may appear in the introduce tory matter, with which they are ushered into the notice of the reader: i .

The Appendix contains a variety of adó ditions as well as emendations. Some of the articles are calculated to gratify curiosity:

The whole of this production will, we trust, be found chaste in respect to morals, and fair and candid in regard to politics. On one hand, 'no' little groveling passion has been here gratified ; no pitiful personal enmity has been indulged; while, on the other, no unmanly sacrifice has been made at the shrine of power, or what is infinitely inore dear and respected, on the altar of friendship!

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