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CONTEMPORARY BIOGRAPHY.

INTERESTING BIOGRAPHICAL WORKS.

I.

CURIOSITIES OF BIOGRAPHY; or, Memoirs of Remarkable and

Eccentric Characters. By ROBERT MALCOLM. With numerous characteristic Portraits. Foolscap 8vo, 2s. 6d. cloth.

II.

CYCLOPÆDIA OF RELIGIOUS BIOGRAPHY: a Series of Memoirs

of Eminent Religious Characters. By the Rev. Dr. JAMIESON. Third Edition. Crown 8vo, 3s. 6d. cloth.

III.

DICTIONARY OF BRITISH BIOGRAPHY : a Series of Original

Memoirs. By Alison, BREWSTER, CREASY, EADIE, NICHOL, WORNUM, SPALDING, and other Contributors. With numerous Illustrations. Second Edition. Crown 8vo, 3s. 6d, cloth,

IV.

CYCLOPÆDIA OF UNIVERSAL BIOGRAPHY; containing a Com

plete series of Original Memoirs of the most Remarkable Individuals of all Times and Nations. By ALISON, BREWSTER, Burton, CREASY, EADIE, KNIGHT, NICHOL, SPALDING, WORNUM, and other Con. tributors. Third Edition, revised and enlarged. With Portraits and Illustrations. Post 8vo, 10s. 6d. cloth.

V.

DICTIONARY OF CONTEMPORARY BIOGRAPHY : a Reliable

Handbook of the Peerage of Rank, Worth, and Intellect, containing nearly One Thousand Memoirs of Eminent Living Individuals. Post Svo, 8s. 6d. cloth.

VI.

COMPREHENSIVE DICTIONARY OF BIOGRAPHY ; comprising

a Series of Memoirs of Eminent Individuals, Living and Dead, with a Systematic and Classified Index of Names, Illustrated by Steel Portraits and Wood Engravings. Royal 8vo, £1 1s. half-morocco.

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DICTIONARY

OF

CONTEMPORARY BIOGRAPHY:

A Handbook of the Peerage

OF

RANK, WORTH, AND INTELLECT.

CONTAINING

MEMOIRS OF NEARLY ONE THOUSAND EMINENT

LIVING INDIVIDUALS.

LONDON AND GLASGOW :
RICHARD GRIFFIN AND COMPANY,

PUBLISHERS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

MDCCCLXI.

210.£. 3/3

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PREFACE.

The utility of a Handbook of Contemporary Biography, if reliable, is so apparent, that the only use of a preface to this work is to give information as to the manner in which it has been prepared.

In the first place, the memoirs were compiled from every available general and special source,—and here we may express our obligations to Hachette's valuable French work—the “Dictionnaire Universel des Contemporains.” It was found, however, that great discrepancies existed among statements derived from many authorities, and that, unless means were taken to verify the facts by communicating with the parties themselves, the hope of producing a reliable book must be abandoned. Accordingly, we took the liberty of addressing a communication to every individual whose name is introduced in the volume, with the exception of a few royal personages, whose actions and fortunes are matters of history. We stated that we wished to produce a trustworthy work, endeavouring to avoid, as far as possible, matters of opinion, seeing that until the whole career of a man is finished it is impossible fairly to estimate his character, and that we therefore respectfully requested replies regarding points of fact. Our communications have been generally responded to; and whatever may be the literary shortcomings of this work, we believe that it may be pronounced to be the most trustworthy Manual of Contemporary Biography yet published. Yet, as the volume contains nearly one thousand memoirs, it is impossible but that there are many errors both of omission and commission, and these we shall only be too happy to correct in future editions, if our readers will have the kindness to point them out, and to supply the information.

10, STATIONERS' HALL COURT,

November, 1860.

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