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Of the Life of his excellent Father, which he meditated to have written at some length, nothing has been found but the slight Fragment which I have prefixed to the “ Latin Poems” of Mr. NICHOLAS HARDINGE.

The Lives of his other truly eminent and honourable Relatives may probably be published hereafter.

“ It is well known," I use the words of a muchvalued Correspondent, “ that some of the last years of Mr. Hardinge's life were occupied in the collecting and arrangement of materials for that

of materials for that purpose ; and those who recollect the spirit and prompt facility which quickened all his exertions of a Literary nature, will not be at a loss to guess at the zeal and intrepid devotion with which he would sit down to this most interesting of all occupations. We may venture, methinks, to utter a word of prophecy, and say, ' Materiem æquabit opus !' — Among the numerous friends and correspondents of Mr. HARDINGE was the late Bishop Watson, whose powerful intellect, discernible in every thing that he wrote (whatever may be thought of the temper of his Political opinions) will triumph over Time, and command the admiration of a distant posterity. In the Anecdotes of his Lordship’s Life, lately published, are scattered several letters to Mr. HARDINGE; and the Bishop commences one of them with a judgment on the Work about which his classical Friend was at that time employing himself:—- I have read your Letter,' says

the Bishop, with great pleasure. I like to listen to a man of parts, multa & præclara


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minantem. Of all your various projects, I most approve of a Life of your Uncle. This Life will afford you an opportunity of enlarging upon the injustice and impolicy of the American War; of delivering your sentiments on the causes and consequences of the French Revolution; and of divining the consequences of these two great events to ourselves, to Europe, and the world.

“In another Letter the Bishop says, Methodize the whole before you begin any part: imitate some of the best Lives of Plutarch, and fear not producing an excellent work, not an ephemeral farrago of newspaper trash, but a xtoped Eis aet worthy of you and of him.' -- There is an entertaining passage in which the Bishop bears testimony, strongly though incidentally, to the wonderful facility, the wit, and unequalled energy of language, displayed by Mr. HARDINGE in correspondence with his friends : “ Your letters are so classical, and your verba ardentia so electrical, that they almost fire my frozen age, and tempt me to discharge upon you a reciprocal lightning, &c.”

Of Mr. HARDINGE's Poems, a few, more immediately connected with his personal history, and with that of his very heroic Nephew Captain Hardinge, will be found in the present Volume. But I have an almost endless treasure of his poetical amusements, from which a Volume shall be selected, for a Collection of the worthy Judge's “ Miscellaneous Writings in Verse and Prose,” already in the press, as a separate publication; in which will be also found


many of his truly patriotic and excellent “Charges at the General Sessions in Wales," and some interesting “ Sermons by a Layman.”

When Mr. HARDINGE had nearly completed his Memoirs of Dr. SNEYD Davies, he directed that they should be inscribed, “ To Lady Knowles, the zealous Enthusiast for Genius, Taste, and Virtue.” And to that excellent Lady I have since been greatly indebted, not only for the particulars of Mr. HarDINGE's last illness and unexpected death, and for some of his original Poems- but for the communication of several of his Letters; in which the clever, playful, and witty style at once exhibits the active genius Mr. HARDINGE possessed, and also his passion for Literary acquirement to the latest period of his existence.

When we consider that few live to the advanced age Mr. HARDINGE attained without sustaining a loss in some material faculty, we shall more highly prize the rare gifts he enjoyed, both mentally and bodily; for, excepting the wrinkles and grey hairs which hoary Time by its iron grasp will leave on the strongest, his life may be said to have been mental youth, and his death a short interruption and passage to that blessed state of perfection which his goodness and philanthropy sought after while on earth.

The Letters to the Rev. RICHARD POLwHELE, Mr. Evans, Mr. MUDFORD, and Mr. Johns, were communicated by the Gentlemen to whom they are severally addressed.


To the Rev. JAMES DALLAWAY, F. S. A. and Secretary to the Earl Marshal, I am indebted for the elegant and scientific Memoir of CHARLES Townlee, Esq. the well-known Collector of the celebrated Marbles which now adorn the British Museum:- To Robert Surtees, Esq. the judicious and accurate Historian of Durham, for the Letters to the Rev. WILLIAM WARD: - And to Ralph Sherwood, Esq. (who is diligently studying Medicine at Edinburgh) for those of JOSEPH Ritson, Esq. with an Etching of that eccentric Poetical Antiquary.

The Collections of the Rev. Dr. ZACHARY GREY, Dr. Richard Richardson of Byerley, Mr. Da Costa, the Rev. Dr. Lort, the Rev. George ASHBY, Dr. DUCAREL, Mr. PENNANT, Dr. CUMING, Dr. PULTENEY, and my justly esteemed Friend Mr. Gough, have furnished the Correspondence of some of the brightest Ornaments of the Eighteenth Century. Of those stores, which are almost inexhaustible, I may probably again avail myself, if, after having entered into my seventy-fourth year, health and spirits permit me to engage in the laborious yet pleasing task of selection.

To Mr. BINDLEY and Mr. ALEXANDER CHALMERS I cannot sufficiently express my thanks, for the friendly advice and assistance they have uniformly afforded me in this and all the preceding Volumes.

Froin several other learned and excellent Friends I have received much literary assistance, which is acknowledged in the progress of the Work.


From my Professional Brethren the Printers and Booksellers, those“ best Patrons of Literature,” I have uniformly been favoured by repeated instances of friendship by the occasional loan of scarce books, and not unfrequently by useful communications.

To several of the most respectable Journalists and Reviewers I gladly make a similar acknowledgment. I have in all cases endeavoured to profit by their remarks; still, however, maintaining the privilege of judging for myself in such matters as depended only on opinion; of which one of the most material is the having searched minutely into the records of Neglected Biography.

After having ventured to appear in print nearly sixty years, I am fully aware of the perils attendant on him who endeavours to please every one.

But I can conscientiously say, on the recollection of the numerous Works in which I have been engaged, whatever may have been their merits or defects, there is not a single line which I should scruple to own, or that I now remember with regret.

For the present, I respectfully take leave of the Publick; highly thankful for many honourable marks of distinction, the remembrance of which will chear the latest moment of my existence.

Should, however, my truly benevolent and incomparably learned Friend Dr. Parr (which I have every reason to hope and to expect) find leisure and inclination, by the assistance of an amanuensis, to revise the many sterling pages which I know he


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