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ITHE NEW YORK
LPUBLIC LIBRARY

157676

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1899.

Printed by Luke Hansard & Sons. ncar Lincoln's-Inn Fields, London

TO THE

RIGHT HONOURABLE .

WILLIAM ELLIOT.

MY DEAR SIR,

A S some prefatory account of the materials,

which compose this second * posthumous Volume of the Works of Mr. Burke, and of the causes, which have prevented its earlier appearance, will be expected from me, I hope I may be indulged in the inclination I feel to run over these matters in a Letter to you, rather than in a formal address to the Publick.

Of the delay, that has intervened since the publication of the former Volume, I shall, first, say a few words. Having undertaken, in conjunction with the late Dr. Lawrence, to examine the manuscript papers of Mr. Burke, and to select and prepare for the press such of them as should be thought proper for publication, the difficulties attending our co-operation were soon experienced by us. The remoteness of our places of residenre in summer, and our professional and other avocations

* IX and X. Volumes of the present Edition. VOL. IX.

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in winter, opposed perpetual obstacles to the progress of our undertaking.

Soon after the publication of the Fourth Volume I was rendered incapable of attending to any business by a severe and tedious illness. And it was not long after my recovery, before the health of our invaluable friend began gradually to decline; and soon became unequal to the increasing labours of his profession, and the discharge of his parliamentary duties. At length we lost a man, of whom, as I shall have occasion to speak more particularly in another part of this undertaking, I will now content myself with saying, that in my humble opinion he merited, and certainly obtained, with those best acquainted with his extensive learning and information, a considerable rank amongst the eminent persons, who have adorned the age, in which we have lived, and of whose services the Publick have been deprived by a premature death.

From these causes little progress had been made in our work, when I was deprived of my coadjutor. But from that time you can testify of me that I have not been idle. You can bear witness to the confused state, in which the materials, that compose the present Volume, came into my hands.

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