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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.
8 Churchill, John (Duke of Marl-
Brougham, Henry (Lord) 145 Danton, George Jacques .
Browne, Sir Thomas
Bulwer-Lytton, Edward 171 Dickens, Charles
71 Francis, Sir Philip (Jupius) 123
131 Mirabeau, Gabriel Honoré
Goldsmith, Oliver .
Hunt, James Henry Leigh
24 Pliny the Younger .
170 Pope, Alexander
Lamartine, Alphonse de
60 Rousseau, Jean Jacques
93 Ruskin, John
41 Savage, Richard
44 Saxe, John G.
MACAULAY, THOMAS BABING Shakspeare, William
164 Shaw, Henry W.(Josh Billings)