The two remaining sketches are still more imperfect. Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of more serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative.It is difficult to discover the order in which these several pieces were writtex^ but there is reason to believe that the most copious was the last From all these the following Memoirs have been carefully selected, and put together. The style shall be simple and familiar ; but style is the image of character ; and the habits of correct writuig may produce, without labor or design, the ap- pearance of art and study.One of these sketches, the most diffuse and circumstantial, 80 far as it proceeds^ ends at the time when he quitted Oxford. The Author proceeds with his History, - -212 CHAPTER XXra. Observations on the French Revolution, - -237 Narrative continued by Lord Sheffield, - .24' Letters from Edward Gibbon, Esq.Another at the year 1764, when he travelled to Italy. A fourth, which he continued to a short time after bis return to Lausanne in 1768, appears in the form of Annals, much less detailed than the others. The Author visits Sheffield, - - -224 CHAPTER XXIV. Gibbon publishes the remainder of his History, • 227 CHAPTER XXV. to Lord Sheffield and others, 297 Digitized by Google AUTO-BIOGE APHT ED¥ARD GIBBOI, ESQ Digitized by Google Digitized by Google MEMOIRS Of MY IIFE AID WRITINGS. In the fifty-second year of my age, after the comple- tion of an arduous and successful work, I now propose to employ some moments of my leisure in reviewing the simple transactions of a private and literary life.In them, and in his different Letters which I have added, will be found a complete picture of his 4aients, his disposition^ his studies, and his attainments. Gibbon prepares for his Italian Journey, - - 162 CHAPTER XVIII. Fifty or a hundred years may be allotted to an indi- vidual, but we step forwards beyond death with such hopes as religion and philosophy will suggest ; and we fill up the silent vacancy that precedes our birth, by asso- ciating ourselves to the authors of our existence.Those slight variatic Mjs of character, which naturally arose in the progress of his Kfe, will be unfolded in a 0eries of Letters, selected from a correspondence between him and rayselfi which continued fall thirty years, and ended with his death. Gibbon is entered at Westminster School, - 36 CHAPTER Vn. The Author's Tour in Switzerland, 91 Digitized by Google CONTENTS. Mademoiselle Curchod— afterwards Madame Neckert - . Gibbon publishes his firet Work, - - .115 CHAPTER XIV. Our calmer judgment will rather tend to moderate, than to suppress, the pride of an ancient and worthy race.
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