Memoirs of the Public and Private Life of John Howard, the Philanthropist: Compiled from His Own Diary, in the Possession of His Family, His Confidential Letters, the Communications of His Surviving Relatives and Friends, and Other Authentic Sources of In

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Books which his master had with him at his death; some of that master's original letters; and other papers, illustrative of his unwearied labours in the cause of humanity, and the general excellence of his character, in private, as in public life. These various documents were afterwards submitted to one of the earliest, and most intimate of my friends, with whom I have since become connected by nearer ties, the Rev. Thomas Rames, LL. D. Of Liverpool, who suggested to me the idea of pre paring for the press, from these, and other materials which he would aid me in collecting, a Memoir of our Philanthmpist's life, in whose compilation his own want of leisure prevented his engaging. Having, through his introduction, obtained the use of the papers, formerly in the possession of Thomasson, the servant alluded to, no time was lost in making application to the successor of Mr. Howard's pastor, at Bedford, for his assistance in procuring the information which that town and its neighbourhood was likely to supply; and it was then I learned, for the first time, that a life of this great and good man was in contemplation, from materials in the possession of the family of the late Rev. Mr. Smith, to which they had added every thing of interest that their long and intimate connexion with Mr. Howard and his friends enabled them to obtain. Unwilling, therefore, to create a rivalry between those whose object and views were the same, though their resources were dis tinct and independent, a communication was im mediately opened with Mr. Newton Bosworth.

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