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LONGMAN, BROWN, AND co.; J. M. RICHARDSON; SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, AND co. ; ALLEN

AND CO.; F. AND J. RIVINGTON; E. HODGSON; H. WASH BOURNE; J. DOWDING; H. G. BOHN;
STEVENS AND NORTON; HOULSTON AND CO.; J. BAIN; R. MACKIE; J. BIGG; BICKERS
AND BUSH ; L. A. LEWIS; G. W. NICKISSON; L. BOOTH; J. F. SETCHEL. EDINBURGH:
A. AND C. BLACK; MACLACHLAN AND CO. LIVERPOOL: G. AND J. ROBINSON. CAMBRIDGE:
J. AND J. J. DEIGHTON.

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LONDON:

GILBERT & RIVINGTON, PRINTERS,

ST. JOHN'S SQUARE.

PREFACE.

It has been so often repeated that the life of a literary man is unproductive of incident, that we seem disposed to credit it; but although this may soothe the indolence or allay the apprehensions of a biographer, it is by no means borne out by the fact. The professors of literature have always been too ready to pay their homage to the world, and to assent to the idea that nothing is deserving of notice but the affairs of states, and the great events and transactions of public life; but it is not for these that we look in the history of a man of genius. We have a different object in view, and his life is as full of interest and information in that after which we inquire, as that of a soldier in his battles, or a politician in his schemes. In human affairs, every thing is permanent in proportion as it is connected with intellect; and whilst the common events of life weary by repetition, and the memory of them perishes through neglect, the productions of the mind preserve their lustre, and even shine brighter from age to age. Under such circumstances, nothing that relates to a favourite author or his writings can be indifferent to us. Though he be dead, he yet speaketh ; his influence is with us, and around us; we feel him breathing in his works; and our minds are formed, and our characters modified, by a master

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