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LIFE OF LORD JEFFREY.



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LIFE



01



LORD JEFFREY

WITH

A SELECTION FROM HIS CORRESPONDENCE.






LORD COCKBURN

ONE OF THE JUDGES OF THE COURT OF SESSION" IN SCOTLAND.



IN TWO VOLUMES.
VOL. I.



EDINBURGH:
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PREFACE.



My only apology for the presumption of en-
gaging in this work, is, that it was undertaken
at the request of the family, and of several of
the friends, of Lord Jeffrey. Besides other
objections, there is an age$ after which it is
seldom safe for one who has never tried to
write a book, to begin the attempt.

There are both advantages and disadvan-
tages in the nearness of a man's biography to
his actual life. One of the disadvantages con-
sists in the difficulty of speaking plainly of
persons still living, or recently dead. " His
greatest fault (says Lord Jeffrey of Hardy's
Life of Charlemont) is, that he does not abus<
anybody, even where the dignity of history and



IV PREFACE.

of virtue calls loudly for such an infliction."
And, no doubt, this is a serious objection. But
if the biographer of Charlemont felt the indeli-
cacy of the censorian duty in a work published
eleven years after the death of his subject, how
would he have recoiled from it within less than
two? But, indeed, there were few persons whom
Jeffrey himself abused ; and though there were
some public matters connected with his life on
which it would not be wrong to speak, even
now, in terms of severe condemnation, it would
be unworthy of his magnanimous spirit to recal
provocations which he had forgotten.

My thanks are due, and are hereby given,
to all those who have assisted me by contribu-
tions of letters.

These letters will probably be deemed the
only valuable part of this work. It must, there-
fore, be explained, that he was so constant a
correspondent, that those now published are but
a small portion of what he was always writing;
and that his letters were generally so full



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