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The bundle of traits somewhat marking human nature, here gathered together, was originally privately printed and distributed, possibly for the reason that when we have found a story pointedly illustrating any historic or notable character, it often seems worth relating; and we are loath to bury forever even a twice-told tale, but rather venture to give it out where it may offer, to our friends at least, that transient amusement we have already tasted.

It may be true that in the exposures here occasionally made of the illustrious dead, something of the reproach will have been incurred which Hamlet cast upon the jolly grave-digger : “ Has this fellow no feeling of his business ? he sings at grave-making!”

It will be seen, however, that no graves have been made, nor aught set down in malice; but may we not smile when only self-made records are upturned and merely brought to light? The most fastidious among the greatest names here recorded, if they could speak, would blush, and admit that they have only been placed in a “goodlie companie ” of some of the world's noted celebrities.

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ADAMS, JOAN
23 Chambord, Comte de

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Adams, John Quincy
29 Châteaubriand

53

Alexander the Great

20 Chatham, Lord

103

Allen, Ethan

26 Chatterton, Thomas

127

Ames, Fisher

27 Choate, Rufus

36

Anacreon.

8 Churchill, John (Duke of Marl-

Angelo, Michael

69 borough)

98

Augustus, Caius Octavius Cæsar 19 Cicero .

8

Cobbett, William

131

BACON, FRANCIS
83 Coke, Sir Edward

81

Barnum, Phineas T.

40 Coleridge, Samuel Taylor 138

Beaufort, Cardinal
79 Corbiac, Pierre de .

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Beethoven
74 Corday, Charlotte

56
Benton, Thomas Hart
32 Cowper, William

117
Bismarck, Prince
78 Croker, John Wilson

154
Boileau, Nicholas
49 Czar of Russia

20

Boswell, James .

141

Brathwayte, Richard

96 DANTE ALIGHIERI

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Brougham, Henry (Lord) 145 Danton, George Jacques .

52

Brown, David Paul

35 Davy, Sir Humphry

151

Browne, Sir Thomas
149 Demosthenes

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Bryant, William C.

34 De Quincey, Thomas

158

Bulwer-Lytton, Edward 171 Dickens, Charles

177

Burke, Edmund

114 Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield). 172

Burns, Robert
128 Dryden, John

94
Burton, Robert
89 Dumas, Alexandre

62

Butler, Frances Ann Kemble 175

Byron, Lord (George Gordon ELIZABETH, QUEEN

81

Noel)
158 Emerson, Ralph Waldo

37
Emmet, Robert

151
CAMPBELL, THOMAS .
143 Erskine, Thomas

124
Campbell, Lord John.

155
Carlyle, Thomas
161 FIELDING, HENRY

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Cavour, Count

71 Francis, Sir Philip (Jupius) 123

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Franklin, Benjamin

22 Martialis, Marcus Valerius

Froissart, Jean

46 Martineau, Harriet

Fuller, Margaret

40 Mérimée, Prosper

Metternich, Prince

GARFIELD, JAMES A.

46 Milton, John

George IV.

131 Mirabeau, Gabriel Honoré
Gibbon, Edward

118

Montaigne, Michel

Godwin, William

129

Montrose, Marquis of .

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von 73

Moore, Thomas.

Goldsmith, Oliver .

111
Guizot, François Pierre Guil-

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE.
laume

64

Napoleon, Louis
HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

Nelson, Lord.

38
Hazlitt, William

Ney, Marshal

150

Heine, Heinrich

78

OVID

Herrick, Robert

90

Hogarth, William

101

Hogg, James

PARR, DR. SAMUEL .

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Horace

Paul the Apostle

12

Paul I..

Houghton, Lord

173

Petrarch
Hugo, Marie Victor

61

Phædrus

Hume, David

108

Hunt, James Henry Leigh

Pinkney, William

157

Hunter, Dr. John

Piron, Alexis

114

Pitt, William

JEFFERSON, THOMAS

24 Pliny the Younger .
Jerrold, Douglas

170 Pope, Alexander
Johnson, Dr. Samuel

104

Porson, Richard
Jonson, Ben

87

Junius (Sir Philip Francis). 123

QUINCEY, THOMAS DE

Quincy, Josiah

KEATS, John

163

Quintilian

Kepler, Johann

72

Kneller, Sir Godfrey

96

REYNOLDS, SIR JOSHUA

Richelieu

LAMB, CHARLES

140 Rogers, Samuel .

Lamartine, Alphonse de

60 Rousseau, Jean Jacques
Lely, Sir Peter

93 Ruskin, John
Lévis, Duc de

51
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth 39

SALLUST
Lovejoy, Rev. Owen

41 Savage, Richard
Lowell, James Russell

44 Saxe, John G.

Luther, Martin .

71 Scott, Sir Walter

Shaftesbury, Lord.

MACAULAY, THOMAS BABING Shakspeare, William

164 Shaw, Henry W.(Josh Billings)

Macbeth, John W. Vilant 181 Sheridan, Richard Brinsley.

Macready, William Charles 161 Smith, Sydney.

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