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CHARACTERISTIC SKETCHES OF HUMAN NATURE,
AND MODERN MANNERS.
To which are added,
a general Uiew of Literature
DURING THAT PERIOD;
PORTRAITS AND BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES
By FRANCIS WILLIAM BLAGDON, Esq. Author of the imperial folio History of India, (published under the Patronage of his Majesty,) of the quarto Life of Lord
Viscount Nelson, &c. &c.
To be continued annually.
“ Ubi plura nitent in carmine non ego paucis,
Offendar maculis, quas aut incuria fudit,
Bacon in his “ Historia Vita et mortis," recommends light and cheerful writings to be read for life and death; and Sterne used to say that such as divert or exhilarate the mind ought not to be reprehended with too methodistical a severity.
It is, perhaps, by an unpremeditated adoption of these two maxims that we are indebted for the success which has attended the preceding volumes of this composition ; but in conformity to the advice of Pliny, who observes, that there is nothing so trifling as to attempt to excuse or defend triftes by a long preface, we shall make no