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MEN OF THE TIME:
J Biographical Dictionary
EMINENT LIVING CHARACTERS,
I New Edition,
THOROUGHLY REVISED, AND BROUGHT DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME,
FARRINGDON STREET ;
The scope and object of this work are so clearly indicated on its title-page, that it is scarcely necessary to dwell upon them at any length. It was originally undertaken to fill a place till then unoccupied by any of the multifarious books of reference which the industry and enterprise of the age have provided for almost every class of the community. We have records of the aristocracy of birth and wealth in the form of Peerages and Histories of the Landed Gentry of the United Kingdom; we have Court Calendars, and Parliamentary Gaides, which leave no official dignity, no part of the Civil Service, unchronicled; we have Post-Office Directories for the registration of commercial and industrial occupations of every kind; we have lists also of military and naval officers, and of the clergy, which set forth the rank and services of the members of those professions ; lawyers and politicians have also their respective muster-rolls; but the aristocracy of intellect had been left, until this work first appeared, without any special record of its deserts.
The aim of the present volume, then, is to furnish, in as compact a form as possible, a series of biogaphical sketches of eminent living persons, of both sexes, in all prts of the civilized world. The work, limited to no particular class, adoresses itself to all, thus presenting the largest body of contemporar biography which has yet appeared in this country. i present edition of “MEN OF
THE TIME,” will, we trust, be regrded as an earnest of the desire of its Publishers to respond adequasely to the favour with which its predecessors were received, in spite of the omissions and imperfections inseparable from the first appearance of so comprehensive a work. It is now, in its present form, to all intents and purposes, a new book; for not only have about fourteen hundred additional memoirs been prepared expressly for its pages, but of those which were included in former editions, almost all have been entirely re-cast, and the rest more or less revised. Those names which now appear for the first time, are marked with an
asterisk (*). Some names, received too late for insertion in their proper places in the body of the work, will be found in the Supplement.
All ill-timed and partial expression of opinion has been avoided as far as possible; and the work now pretends to furnish a tolerably authentic record of the leading facts in the lives of more than two thousand characters, who as statesmen, commanders, authors, or in some other profession, have fairly become, more or less, the property of the public. So far as he has been able, the Editor has collected these particulars from every available quarter, and has endeavoured to combine them in plain and unvarnished statements, such as he hopes will prove an useful and welcome guide to the readers of our newspapers, and the current literature of the day.
Even whilst these sheets have been passing through the press, the hand of Death has been at work, and has removed many who, it was hoped, would have outlived its completion. First and foremost among these stands the name of our lamented PRINCE CONSORT, whose name, though it figures here, will never appear again in any of this book—as will also be the case with the EMPEROR OF CHINA, Marshal Bosquet, the Rev. J. W. CUNNINGHAM, the Bishop of KILLALOE (Lord RIVERSDALE), Sir Howard Douglas, Bart., Sir JOHN FORBES, M.D., Mr. T. DUNCOMBE, M.P., Dr. HAWTREY, the Rev. T. HARTWELL HORNE, Mons. Biot, Sir John Croft, Bart., the ABBÉ LACORDAIRE, and one or two other distinguished personages.
As it is intended to publish, from time to time, new editions of this work, with such changes and additions as the progress of events may render requisite, the Publishers will be grateful for any correct' or information that may seem likely to increase the value and int of its pages. Such communications addressed to the Editor, t care of Messrs. RoutledgE, WARNE, & ROUTLEDGE, 2, Farrir *** Street (E.C.), will be thankfully received, and carefully attended
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The following LIST OF NOUS DE PLUME, assumed by various
Authors, will be found useful to the general reader.
See..., BRADLEY, Rev. E.
» .... AYTOUN, W. E. and Th. Martin. Boz
PROCTER, B. W.
FORRESTER, ALFRED in Supplement).
.... Evans, Miss (in Supplement).
. LYTTON, E. R. B.
. ALLIN, ABBY.
BROWNE, H. K.
. MAHONY, FRANCIS.
. DUDEVANT, MADAME.
. HALIBURTON, JUDGE.
THACKERAY, W. M.
. DOBELL, SYDNEY. quat