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We hope that the late Earl of Dundonald’s life and character have been all the better delineated in that the work has grown out of the personal knowledge of his son and the unbiassed judgment of a stranger.
A long time having elapsed since the publication of the “Autobiography of a Seaman,” it has been thought well to give a brief recapitulation of its story in an opening chapter.
The four following chapters recount my father’s history during the five years following the cruel Stock Exchange trial, the subject last treated of in the “Autobiography.” It is not strange that the harsh treatment to which he was subjected should have led him into opposition, in which there was some violence, which he afterwards condemned, against the Government of the day. But, if there were circumstances to be regretted in this portion of his career, it shows almost more plainly than any other with what strength of philanthropy he sought to aid the poor and the oppressed.