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DRAWY FROM THE MOST AUTHENTIC SOURCES, AND DISPOSED. IN A

CHRONOLOGICAL ARRANGEMENT,

By JOHN CHARNOCK, Esq.

WITH PORTRAITS, AND OTHER ENGRAVINGS,

BY BARTOLOZZI, &c.

Nauræque, per omne
Audaces mare qui currunt, hâc mente laborem
Scle ferre, senes ut in oria tuta recedant.

HORACE, Sat. 1. Lib. 1.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR R. FAULDER, BOND-STREET.

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THE protection and patronage with which you

have been pleased to honour the following sheets, are too valuable, too flattering to myself, to be concealed from the world; were you less known and esteemed than you are,

I might proceed to recapitulate those more serious obligations which bind me, in common with the rest of my countrymen, to respect and admire

your character.

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· But the general notoriety, Sir, of your public services makes such a detail unneceltary from any individual, while the uniform

testimony

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testimony which men of all ranks and all
parties have born to your abilities and integrity,
would render the smallest attempt at a com-
petent applause, from so humble a pen as mine,
fulsome to the public and troublesome to
yourself.

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PREFACE.

HAT particular influence which frequently

sways the human mind, and has been, in modern times, generally distinguished by the well-known phrase, popular opinion, has, probably, proved a greater impediment to historical truth than even that venerable scepticism which attends antiquity, and involves, in so pleasing a doubt and obscurity, the events of ages long since past.

The birth and nurture of this monfter in litefature has so roused and encouraged the labours both of calumny and panegyric, that it is a matter of some difficulty to decide which has been the most ingenious, spirited and indefatigable. The more exalted the rank, and meritorious the service of any particular personage, the greater extent does he furnish for those lifts in which the tournament is to be held for the establishment or destruction of his pofthumous reputation.

The event of this contest might be expected to produce truth, but this is not invariably the case; and it has become a very grievous talk to supersede those decrees which, however unjust they may be, the authors of them endeavour to proa pagate as fixt and immutable, at the same time they wish to impress the idea, and, indeed, universal belief of their candour and propriety.

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