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arisen from the painful necessity imposed upon him of delineating the character of a nobleman, of whom, were his genius the only theme, no one could speak in any language but that of unqualified admiration. Solicitous, however, as the Editor has been to do justice to Lord Byron's genius, he has, at the same time, too deeply felt the duty which, in common with every public writer, he owes to the cause of public morals and decency, to allow the injury which that cause has sustained from the highly gifted individual in question to pass without some animadversion; although it has been his endeavour to render the remarks which truth has forced from him, as little liable as possible to the charge of harshness or intemperance. After returning his thanks for the literary assistance which he has this year received, the Editor begs leave respectfully to request early communications (addressed to the care of Messrs. Longman and Co.) from the friends of the distinguished persons, who may, in the course of the coming year, be called upon to pay that debt which, sooner or later, must be discharged by all.—Without wishing to ascribe to The Annual Biography and Obituary an importance which it has no right to assume, he is justified in stating, that it is increasing in circulation; and therefore, that in every point of view, it becomes exceedingly desirable that its details should be full and correct. It is obvious, that by no means can that end be so satisfactorily and certainly obtained, as by the kind aid of the near connexions of the eminent individuals, whose history and character it is the peculiar province of the work to record. In affording that
aid, they would perform a pious office, and one which might not be unproductive of consolation to themselves. The shape of such communications is of little consequence; provided that, as far as they go, they be authentic, their imperfector desultory mature will not render them less welcome and serviceable. The Editor trusts, that the spirit in which The Annual Biography and Obituary has hitherto been conducted, is a sufficient assurance, that any confidence which may be reposed in him will not be betrayed; and that any materials or suggestions with which he may be favoured, will be used only for the purpose of enriching and illustrating the Memoirs of the parties to whom they relate.
A general Biographical List of Persons who have died in