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DIGNITIES, PRIVILEGE,

AND

PRECEDENCE.

LONDON : GILBERT AND RIVINGTON, PRINTERS,

ST. JOHN'S SQUARE.

OF

DIGNITIES, PRIVILEGE,

AND

PRECEDENCE: //

INCLUDING

LISTS OF THE GREAT PUBLIC FUNCTIONARIES,

PROM

THE REVOLUTION TO THE PRESENT TIME.

BY

CHARLES R. DODD, Esq.

AUTHOR OF

** THE PEERAGE, BAROXETAGE, AND KNIGHTAGE,"

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PRE FACE.

Family histories and personal memoirs of the titled orders have at all times been so favourably received by the public, that a volume describing and illustrating the nature, characteristics, and extent of the honours which those classes possess, cannot fail to be readily appreciated, and generally acceptable.

Peerages and similar works contain frequent references to the peculiar privileges and functions of the high officers of state, as well as to numerous incidents immediately affecting those dignities which the personages noticed in such works enjoy. Much of the honour also which attaches to the living objects of our esteem is to be traced to the influence of official station, as well as to the hereditary or other distinctions which such persons possess; and it has, therefore, long been considered that a com

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