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FROM THE

ADVERTISEMENT TO THE SECOND EDITION,

BY THE SAME.

11 will be remembered that the Mernoirs were com. posed and formed from six different sketches, and from notes and memoranda on loose unconnected papers and cards, all in Mr Gibbon's handwriting. This new edition of his posthumous works has furnished me with the opportunity of interweaving several additional extracts from the same sources; illustrating and enlarging the Memoirs, where they were most scanty, by notes principally selected from his Journal

To the letters printed in the former edition a con. siderable number, both from himself and many other distinguished persons, are introduced in the present publication."

SHEFFIELD. .

Sheffield Place,

1h Nov. 1814.

In regard to these letters, see preoeding remarks of the Editors of the Autobiography.

CONTENTS

OF

THE FIRST VOLUME.

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MEMOIRS.
The Author's Introduction ...
Account and anecdotes of his family ..............
South Sea Scheme, and the bill of pains and penalties

against the directors, among whom was the au-

thor's grandfather ...........................
Character of Mr William Law....................
Mr Gibbon's birth; he is put under the care of Mr

Kirkby; some account of Mr Kirkby....
The author is sent to Dr Wooddeson's school, whence

he is removed on the death of his mother-Affec-
tionate observations on his aunt, Mrs.Catharine

Porten....................................
Is entered at Westminster school; is removed on ac-

count of ill-health, and afterwards placed under

the care of the Rev. Mr Francis ...............
Enters a gentleman commoner at Magdalen college,

Oxford-Remarks on that university-Some ac-
count of Magdalen college-Character of Dr Wal-

degrave, Mr Gibbon's first tutor ...............
The author determines to write an history; its sub-

ject-Solution of a chronological difficulty-Mr
Gibbon is converted to the Roman Catholic
religion; cites the examples of Chillingworth

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racter of that play ........................ 124

The author passes some time at Paris, gives an ac-

count of the persons with whom he chiefly asso-

ciated—Proceeds through Dijon and Besançon to

Lausanne; characterises a society there, called

La Société du Printems-Becomes acquainted

with Mr Holroyd, now lord Sheffield-Remarks

in their meeting........................... 134

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