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T was my intention to have dedicated this edition of Spenfer's Works to the late Lord Chancellor Campbell; but fudden death defeated what was my long-entertained purpofe, and what, I may now state, had been his Lordship's kindly expreffed defire in no other refpect had I ever indulged any expectation; for, although honoured with his Lordship's acquaintance for more than fifty years, I never received, nor asked any favour at his hands, beyond the continuance of our early, and then more equal, friendship. It is well known, from

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In the course of converfation, not a few years ago, his Lordship more than hinted that it might be poffible to procure for me an appointment connected with the County Courts; but I at once put a negative upon the matter, on the ground that I had long ceased to attend in my place as a barrifter, and that during the interval the practice of the law in many important particulars had been altered and improved. As far back as 1832, for different though ftill profeffional

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feveral paffages in Lord Campbell's writings, that one of his most earnest aspirations was that his name should be connected with polite letters, as well as with abftrufe law; and when he became aware that I had fomewhat advanced in the prefent undertaking, he, with much delicacy, intimated a wifh, if the work had no other destination, that it should be infcribed to him. His Lordship's formal permiffion, however, bears date only a comparatively short time before his decease.

In the five volumes now in the hands of the reader, I may be permitted to say, that attention has been most of all, and very anxiously, directed to the purity and accuracy of Spenfer's text. I fhall presently, and with great brevity, fhow in what degree this firft duty of an editor has hitherto been neglected or discharged. With a view to attainable fidelity I have not omitted to confult,

declined the office of ftipendiary magiftrate; and in 1848 or 1849 I requested Lord Campbell not to interpofe in my behalf with a view to fuch duties. I was then Secretary to the Commiffion on the British Museum, and had finally, and I fear unwifely, devoted myself to literature. I only mention these particulars to show that while his Lordship, for several of his "Lives of the Chancellors," was drawing upon my fmall refources, he was not unmindful of a more than due return. I am aware that in other instances he was supposed to have been negligent of the claims of individuals from whom he had derived, perhaps over-eftimated, information and affistance. I may be allowed to add that Lord Campbell made me the medium through which his biographical labours originally reached the public.

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