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OR,

SKETCHES

• OF

REMARKABLE CHARACTERS,

ANCIENT AND MODERN.

INCLUDING

POTENTATES
STATESMEN -
DIVINES
HISTORIANS .
NAVALAND MILITARY

HEROES
PHILOSOPHERS

LAWYERS i

IMPOSTORS

POETS'

PAINTERS

PLAYERS

DRAMATIC WRITERS

MISERS, &c. &c. SiC.

THE WHOLE ALPHABETICALLY ARRANGED J

And forming a pleasing Delineation of the
SINGULARITY, WHIM, FOLLY, CAPRICE, &c. Sec.

OF THE

HUMAN MIND.

ORNAMENTED WITH PORTRAITS.
Of the most singular Characters noticed in the Work*

LONDON:

Printed by J. Cimdec. try-Lane,

FOR VERNOR AND. HOOD. POULTRY;

AND T. HtJBST, NO. 32, PATERNOSTER - ROW.

1801.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

LITTLE need be said in offering the following pages to the notice of the public. The title imports. a deviation from the regular path of life by the persons noticed in the •work. Their peculiarities cannot fail to afford Amusement to those who are willing to be pleased; and it has been the endeavour of the Editor (by introducing many entertaining anecdotes, in most of which he has been personally concerned) to render this performance both interesting and useful.

If some few of the lives given in the course of this work, may not be thought perfectly coincident with the plan, we beg leave to observe, that it is very difficult to draw the line between moderate eccentricity, and what may be deemed only an extension of the to» arbitrary bounds prescribed by rigid regularity and decorum.

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