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J. CRADOCK, Esq. M. A. F.S. A.
YET HATH MY NIGHT OF LIFE SOME MEMORY.
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR,
THE honour of being permitted to dedicate these Memoirs to my SOVEREIGN is duly estimated by me; and if, amidst the weightier Affairs of State, they should contribute to afford any pleasing relaxation, the thought would greatly enhance the value of this my concluding labour.
That your MAJESTY may long continue to enjoy the blessings of a prosperous Reign, is the most sincere wish of him, who has the honour to subscribe himself,
ever dutiful and loyal Subject,
Having published an Historical Tragedy on the subject of the Czar, in my eighty-third year, which met with a most flattering reception, I am induced to look over a great mass of materials of past times, and select from them particulars, which, from their authenticity at least, may possibly afford some entertainment to the Publick. At different periods I had taken Notes of my Life, less interesting certainly than those I had collected of others, but still so connected, that they become necessary to elucidate the general narrative of events; and, in the course of which, I mean to offer a plain journal of my residence in France, previous to the Revolution, which will prove, perhaps, the most important, from the awful circumstances that almost immediately succeeded.
According to a family account, I was born about midnight, on the 9th of January, 1741-2; and, as appears from the Register of St. Martin's Church at Leicester, was baptized there, on the 10th of December following. My father was a younger brother, and my mother's maiden name was Annice.