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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;
. \5th, 1832.
USED THROUGHOUT TniS WORK.
D.C.L... .Doctor of Civil Law.
D.D Doctor of Divinity.
F.A.S.. .. Fellow of the Society of Arts.
M.A Master of Arts.
M .P. .... Member of Parliament.
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.
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.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.S.E Knight of St Esprit in France.
K.S.G.... Knight of St George in Russia.
K.S. P Knight of St Stanislaus in Poland.
K.S.S. . .. Knight of die Sword in Sweden.
K.W Knight of William in the Netherlands.
K.W.E.. .Knight of the VVTiite Eagle in Poland.