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HIS CONTEMPORARIES ;
WITH MEMOIRS AND NOTES.
BY JOHN HENEAGE JESSE,
HOUSES OF NASSAU AND HANOVER.”
It seems to have been one of the peculiarities of George Selwyn, to preserve not only every letter addressed to him by his correspondents during the course of his long life, but also the most trifling notes and unimportant memoranda.
To this peculiarity the reader is indebted for whatever amusement he may derive from the perusal of these volumes. The greater portion of their contents consists of letters addressed to Selwyn by persons who, in their day, moved in the first ranks of wit, genius, and fashion. Independent of their general merit as epistolary compositions, the Editor conceives that they will be found in a high degree valuable and entertaining, from the light which they throw on the manners and customs of society in the last age, from their presenting a faithful chronicle of the passing events of the day, and from the mass of amusing gossip and lively anecdote which they contain.
The Editor has felt it to be a moral, as well as an editorial duty, to avoid, as carefully as pos