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EXTRACT

FROM THE

ADVERTISEMENT TO THE SECOND EDITION,

BY THE SAME.

It will be remembered that the Mernoirs were com. posed and formed from six different sketches, and from notes and memoranda on loose unconnected papers and cards, all in Mr Gibbon's handwriting. This new edition of his posthumous works has furnished me with the opportunity of interweaving several additional extracts from the same sources ; illustrating and enlarging the Memoirs, where they were most scanty, by notes principally selected from his Journal.

To the letters printed in the former edition a considerable number, both from himself and many other distinguished persons, are introduced in the present publication.

SHEFFIELD.

Sheffield Place, 241h Nov. 1814.

* In regard to these letters, see preceding remarks of the Editors of the Autobiography.

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and Bayle; their characters-Mr Gibbon obliges

to leave Oxford---Farther remarks on the uni-

versity....

44

The author is removed to Lausanne, and placed under

the care of M. Pavilliard-Reflections on his

change of situation-Character of M. Pavilliard,

and an account of his manner of restoring Mr

Gibbon to the Protestant church-Mr Gibbon

received the Sacrament in the church of Lausanne

on Christmas-day 1754 ...,

The author's account of the books he read, and of the
course of study he pursued

61

Mi Gibbon makes the tour of Switzerland ; forms a

correspondence with several literary characters;

is introduced to Voltaire, and sees him perform

several characters in his own plays—Remarks on

his acting ..

84

Sone account of mademoiselle Curchod (afterwards

madame Necker)-Reflections on his education

at Lausanne-He returns to England—His man-

ner of spending his time.

90

Mr Gibbon publishes his first work, · Essai sur l'Etude

de la Littérature'-Some observations on the

plan, and the character of the performance-

Character of Dr Maty

104

The author's manner of passing his time in the Hamp-

shire militia, and reflections upon it ....... 113

Mr Gibbon resumes his studies ; determines to write

upon some historical subject; considers various

subjects, and makes remarks upon them for that

purpose Sees Mallet's Elvira performed ; cha-

racter of that play ..

124

The author passes some time at Paris, gives an ac-

count of the persons with whom he chiefly asso-

ciated—Proceeds through Dijon and Besançon to

Lausanne; characterises a society there, called

La Société du Printems-Becomes acquainted

with Mr Holroyd, now lord Sheffield-Remarks

in their meeting....

134

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