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The author proceeds his History--Leaves London,
and settles at Lausanne, in the house of his
Fox, both of whom he sees at Lausanne-Pro-
Mirabeau's work · Sur la Monarchie Prussienne'.
M. Deyverdun's death-Reflections on that event
-Mr Gibbon hesitates whether he should purchase
Contrast of the political temper of lord North and M.
Necker-Favourable character of Mr Burke's
work on the French revolution--Mr Gibbon
sanne-Arranges their route-Mr Gibbon's ab-
in Paris ..........
In the fifty-second year of my age, after the completion of an arduous and successful work, I now propose to employ some moments of my leisure in reviewing the simple transactions of a private and literary life. Truth, naked unblushing truth, the first virtue of more serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative. The style shall be simple and familiar: but style is the image of character; and the habits of correct writing may produce, without labour or design, the appearance of art and study. My own amusement is my motive, and will be my rewarų; and if these sheets are communicated to some discreet and indulgent friends, they will be secreted from the public eye till the author shall be removed beyond the reach of criticism or ridicule.*
* This passage is found in one only of the six sketches, and in thai which seems to have been the first writ:ea, and which was laid aside among loose papers. Mr Gibbon, in his communications with me on the subject of his Memoirs, a subject which he had not mentioned to any other person, expressed a determination of publishing them in his lifetime,