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THE

L I W E S

OF

THE LORD CHANCELLORS

And

KEEPERS OF THE GREAT SEAL

ENGLAND,

FROM THE EARLIEST TIMEs TILL THE REIGN OF
KING GEORGE IV.

BY

JOHN LORD CAMPBELL, LL.D. F.R.S.E.

[THIRD SERIES,
FROM
THE BIRTH OF LORD CHANCELLOR LOUGHBOROUGH, IN 1733,
TO
THE DEATH OF LORD CHANCELLOR ELDON, IN 1838.]

VOL. VI.

- LONDON :
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

LoNDoN : Spottiswoode and Shaw, New-street-Square.

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I Now complete my engagement with the public. I regret
that the work should be extended to a Seventh Volume, but I
could not further condense my narrative without injuring the
symmetry of execution at which I have aimed. The Lives in
this Series, although few in number, are intimately connected
with the history of the country for a century, and it should
be recollected that my latest Chancellor held the Great Seal
nearly as long as Lord Shaftesbury, Lord Nottingham, Lord
Guildford, Lord Jeffreys, Lord Commissioner Maynard, Lord
Commissioner Trevor, and Lord Somers, put together —
having been the principal artificer in the construction of five
different administrations", one of which, by his management,
lasted fifteen years. -
I have derived great assistance from the labours of preceding
biographers, and my particular acknowledgments are due to
Mr. Townsend f and Mr. Twiss. # Their superiority I am
the first to acknowledge, and instead of entering into rivalry
with them I only venture on Lives which they have written
so ably, because I feel myself bound to finish the plan which
I had long ago announced,—because on many constitutional
questions which we have to discuss my views are very different

* 1801, 1804, 1807, 1809, 1812. f Lives of Twelve Eminent Judges, by W. C. Townsend, Esq. • # Public and Private Life of Lord Chancellor Eldon, by Horace Twiss, Esq.

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