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* He had ambition to prevail in great things. He had, likewise, honour, which hath
JAMES RIDGWAY & SONS, 169, PICCADILLY.
RIGHT HON. WILLIAM HUSKISSON, M.P.
Principal Secretary of State for the Colonial Department,
SIR, These volumes contain the Speeches of MR. CANNING. In the editorial arrangement of them, I originally engaged with the sanction of that lamented Statesman.
Many, indeed most, of the Speeches in this publication, have had the signal and exclusive advantage of the personal revision of Mr. CANNING ;--and I now, Sir, gladly avail myself of whatever right that advantage may create in me to dedicate them to you.
I know not to whom I can so appropriately inscribe these Speeches, as to one who was united with MR. CANNING in the double bond of private friendship and political attachment,to one who vindicated his fitness for eminent station by the same honourable qualification of distinguished public talents and great public services,-to one in whom the country beholds the faithful representative of his principles—the chosen associate of his councils.
I have the honour to be,
Your obedient humble servant,
Gray's-Inn, January, 1828.