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TO THE CRITICAL READER.

The present work, the composition of which has occupied the Author's undivided attention for upwards of two years, has been repeatedly announced in the Journals as « THE PARLIAMENTARY POCKET-BOOK." This very fair alliterative title, *bkh was sufficiently catching, to suit the wishes of any modern bibliopole, would not now have been dispensed with, but from the awkward circumstance that, during its progress, the said book hath so increased in bdk as to require a pocket of no ordinary dimensions J contain it.—Whilst confessing his own inexperience md miscalculation, however, the writer begs pardon of ieir High Mightinesses, the Reviewers, for having thus Leprired them of a capital opportunity of exercising heir wit upon him by the rather obvious, but percent, joke of his "Pocket-Book being as big as a Sife r"—at the same time he invites the polite at

entjoos of these" good-natured friends" rather

> the interior than the exterior of the volume; trustz that they will act towards him as he has done in zard to others, viz.:—

•'; To speak of him as he is :—nothing extenuate;
Nor set down aught in malice."

London,

. \5th, 1832.

ABBREVIATIONS

USED THROUGHOUT TniS WORK.

CIVIL DESIGNATIONS.

D.C.L... .Doctor of Civil Law.

D.D Doctor of Divinity.

F.A.S.. .. Fellow of the Society of Arts.
F.H-S.... Fellow of the Horticultural Society.
F.L.S... .Fellow of the Linnaean Society.
F.R.S... .Fellow of the Royal Society.
FA A.... Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
L. L.D.... Doctor of Laws.

M.A Master of Arts.

M .P. .... Member of Parliament.
M.R.I.A. .Member of the Royal Irish Academy.
P.C.E... .Privy Councillor in England.
P.C.I. .. .Privy Councillor in Ireland.

MILITARY DESIGNATIONS.

BRITISH ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD.

LB- Companion of the most Honourable Military Order of the Bath.

LG.CB. Knight Grand Cross of the Bath.

SXJJ... Knight Commander of the Bath.

£&.... Knight of the most Noble Order of the Garter.

LP. — Knight of the most Illustrious Order of St. Patrick.

LT Knight of the most Ancient Order of the Thistle.

FOREIGN ORDERS.

KA Knight of St. Andrew in Russia.

KA~N— Knight of Alex. Newski in Russia.

KB.A Knight of St. Bento d'Avis in Portugal.

K3.E.... Knight of the Black Eagle in Russia.

KC Knight of the Crescent in Turkey.

KC.S Knight of Charles III. in Spain.

KX. Knight of the Elephant in Denmark.

K.F Knight of Ferdinand in Spain.

K.F.M. .. Knight of St Ferdinand and Merit in Sicily.
K.G.F.... Knight of the Golden Fleece in Spain.
K.G.H. . .Knight of Guelph of Hanover.
K.G.V.... Knight of Gustavus Vasa, in Sweden.

K.J Knight of St. Joachim.

K.L Knight of Leopold of Austria.

K.M Knight of Malta.

K.M.H... Knight of Merit in Holstein.
K.M.J.. ..Knight of Maximilian Jos. in Bavaria.
K.M.T. .. Knight of St. Maria Theresa in Austria.
K.N.S.... Knight of the Royal North Star in Sweden.
K.R.E.... Knight of the Red Eagle in Prussia.
K.S. A.... Knight of St. Anne in Russia.

K.S.E Knight of St Esprit in France.

K.S.G.... Knight of St George in Russia.
K.S.L... .Knight of the Sun and Lion in Persia.

K.S. P Knight of St Stanislaus in Poland.

K.S.S. . .. Knight of die Sword in Sweden.
K.S.AV. .. Knight of St. VVlademir in Russia.

K.W Knight of William in the Netherlands.

K.W.E.. .Knight of the VVTiite Eagle in Poland.
K.T.S.... Knight of the Tower and Sword in Portugal.

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