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COMMENCEMENT OF THE CHRISTIAN ÆRA
DEATH OF GEORGE III.
COMPILED FROM THE BEST AUTHORITIES, AND CHRONO-
AND J. HATCHARD & SON, PICCADILLY.
A work of this nature must be necessarily a compilation; but the time devoted to the completion of it has scarcely been less than that required in the production of an original composition. The reader may conceive some portion of the difficulty which has attended the execution of this useful design, but inglorious occupation, when it is stated that but few biographical memoirs of any note, in our language, have escaped my perusal, and that a minute examination of those voluminous publications, the Biographia Britannica and the French Dictionaries, by Bayle and Moreri, has formed, comparatively, but a very small portion of my researches. To make the series more complete, I have spared no pains to collect narratives: from foreign sources. It is hoped they will be found to convey some interesting information to the literary, and much religious instruction to the Christian reader. The Last Hours of eminent Divines, Senators, Physicians, Advocates, and others, who have been most esteemed for their learning and piety, in Holland, France, Switzerland, and Germany, are here brought into one view. A few of these have previously appeared in our language, but by far the greater number are now for the first time presented to the English reader.
The origin of this design may be found in the “Appendix” of “ Prayers of Eminent Persons." The subject appeared, on