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memoirs in this attempt to weave together an account of Burke's undergraduate career.

I am indebted to the Officers and Committee of the College Historical Society for their permission to publish the Minute Book, and to the authorities of Trinity College, Dublin, for allowing me access to the records of the College. I am under peculiar obligations to my friend Mr T. U. Sadleir, M.A., whose research and intimate knowledge of social and public life in Dublin during the eighteenth century is displayed in his contributions to the volumes published by the Georgian Society, and produced under his editorship. I am also indebted to my uncle, Professor William Ridgeway1, LL.D., Sc.D., Litt.D., F.B.A., of Cambridge University, and to Mr F. Elrington Ball, Litt.D., for much valuable information and assistance.

ARTHUR P. I. SAMUELS.

August, 1914.

1 Now Sir William Ridgeway.

NOTE

References to documents as being in the Irish Record Office, Dublin, must be taken as of the time when the manuscript of this volume was written. Almost all such documents have since perished in the destruction of the Four Courts, Dublin, and the Record Office on 1st July, 1922.

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THE RT. HON. EDMUND BURKE, LL.D.

From the portrait by John Hoppner, R.A., in the theatre, Trinity College, Dublin, painted for T.C.D., 1795. (Reduced by kind permission of Messrs Bell & Sons, Ltd., from the full length photogravure in McKay and Roberts, John Hoppner, 1909.)

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