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CLASSIC

AND

HISTORIC PORTRAITS.

VOL. I.

PORTRAITS.

BY

JAMES BRUCE.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
HURST AND BLACKETT, PUBLISHERS,

SUCCESSORS TO HENRY COLBURN,

13, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

1853.

210. c. 33.

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P R E FACE.

I BELIEVE that there are not many persons who read biography with interest, who have not felt a desire for a more intimate personal acquaintance, as it may be called, than is usually afforded them with those men and women whose virtues and vices, joined with their natural gifts and acquired accomplishments, made them either illustrious or infamous in their own days, and still influence the world at the distance of centuries after their deaths. Those works in which the narrative of great public affairs is mixed up with the more minute private and personal details and descriptions, which pedants

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