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In submitting these Memoirs of Dr. Clarke to the Subscribers and to the Public, the Individual who has undertaken to compile them, fears that he must bespeak their indulgence for the very imperfect manner in which the task, interrupted by various causes, and resumed under many disadvantages, has been performed.
It has been his main object to bring forward most prominently into the work so much of the remains of Dr. Clarke as seemed likely to gratify his friends. At the same time he has made it his endeavour to select from the large mass of materials before him, those portions, which appeared best calculated to illustrate his life and character, or by their intrinsic merit to support his established reputation with the public. In what manner the Editor has executed this task of selection, rendered more difficult by the irregular iřanner in which the materials have been supplied, must be left to the judgment of others. He hopes he will be thought to have done no injustice to the memory of his friend, whom he has endeavoured to exhibit as he was, fully, candidly, and fairly; and if it shall be judged in any quarter, that he has indulged too much in the language of panegyric, he is persuaded that those who were best acquainted with Dr. Clarke will be most
ready to make every allowance for the error. It is difficult for any one whom he regarded to speak of him with moderation, and the Author of this Memoir shared too long and too largely in his friendship to be exempt from the partiality it inspired.
He has to acknowledge, much kindness in the prosecution of his task. To one friend in particular, his thanks are justly due for more assistance than he can well express ; suffice it to say, without involving him in the imperfections, or even in the opinions of the narrative, that his aiding or correcting hand may be traced in every portion of the work, and that in some of them, the pains, he has bestowed have been not less than those of the Author himself. To many other persons - the work is indebted for the ready supply of letters, and of such other information as they happened to possess; and to the kindness of a lady it owes an engraving of Dr. Clarke, which has been thought by many, to exhibit a stronger likeness of him than any other portrait has presented before.