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PRINTED FOR LONGMAN.REES,ORME, BROWN & GREEN, PATERNOSTER ROW,

AND JOHN TAYLOR.UPPER GOWER STREET:

1881.

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The present volume commences a Biographical series, which will include the lives of the most considerable persons who have appeared in the political history of these countries, from the reign of Henry the Eighth inclusive to the present time. The chronological order will be generally observed, and the Memoirs will vary in length, according to the varying interest and importance of the subjects, and the extent of the materials which may be found accessible.

The literary contributors being persons who cannot be dictated to, nor required to modify the expression of their opinions, so as to adapt them to the views of others, the Editor will not hold himself responsible for the various political and literary opinions which may be found in this series. Still less will the author of any one life be answerable for the doctrines or opinions advanced by the author of another.

Under such circumstances, the reader will not be surprised if contemporary lives occasionally present conflicting opinions. The Editor, however, feels

confident that these different views will be such only as men of equally liberal principles may honestly and consistently entertain.

As the Life of sir Thomas More contains observations which have personal reference to its author, it may be right to state here that it is the production of sir James Mackintosh.

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