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TO THE

HISTORICAL MEMOIRS

RESPECTING THE

ENGLISH, IRISH, AND SCOTTISH

CATHOLICS,

FROM. THE REFORMATION,'
THE PRESENT TIME.

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Qui impcriura credit gravius esse aul stabilius
Vi quod fit, quam illud, quod amicitia adjungitur.

Tf.rince.

♦ ONANTA EniEIKEZI.

VOL. III.

LONDON:
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE-STREET.

Quare quia taudem me repreliendat, si quantum caHeris ad feslos dios ludurum celebrandos, quantum ad alias voluptates, et ad ipsain requiem animi et corporis conceditur temporis: quantum alii tempestivis conviviis, quantum alca;, quantum pilir, tantum mihi egomet, ad hffic studia recolenda, sumpsero.

Cic. Pro. Archil

Le changement d'etude est toujours uu dclassement pour moi.

Dacuesseav.

Luke Hansard & Sons, near Lincoln'i-Inn Fields, London.

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As the Writer's time of life admonishes him, that this may be the last occasion, on which any literary production of his pen will solicit the attention of the public, he avails himself of it to mention the titles of all his works, and to state succinctly some circumstances and observations, which the present publication brings to his recollection. Several works having been imputed to him, in which he has had no concern, and which he knows only by their titles, he takes this opportunity of disclaiming all, which he shall not mention.

M. Pellisson, in his account of M. Huet the celebrated bishop of Avranches, observes of that prelate, that, "from his •' tenderest years, he gave himself to study; that, at his rising, "his going to bed, and during his meals, he was reading, or "had others to read to him; that neither the fire of youth, "the interruption of business, the variety of his employments, "the society of his friends, nor the bustle of the world, could "ever moderate his ardour for study •." These expressions the writer has applied, with complete justice, to the reverend Mr. Alban Butler, the author of "The Lives of the Saints," his paternal uncle f: he believes that, with some justice at least, he may also apply them to himself.

• Pellisson, Histoire de 1' Academic, 1 vol. p. 101. t In the account of hi» life inserted in the 3d vol. of the writer's Works.

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