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WHETHER considered as specimens of lofty eloquence, or as embodying the sentiments of one of the greatest men of the present age, upon a variety of most interesting and important topics, the following Selections (which were originally commenced exclusively for the Editor's own private use) cannot, it is thought, prove otherwise than acceptable to the Public, especially as many of them are taken from Pamphlets not easily to be obtained, or Works not generally or conveniently accessible.

With respect to the prefatory Memoir, the Editor entertains some confidence, that it will be found more complete and accurate than any hitherto published; though, in order to prevent misconception, he feels it his duty to state, that, except as a public man, the illustrious subject of it is entirely unknown to him.

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Cambridge, June 1st, 1832.

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