Excerpt from The Life and Death of Lord Edward Fitzgerald, Vol. 1 of 2
IN order to guard against the suspicion of having been inﬂuenced in my choice of the subject of this work by any view to its apt accordance with the political feeling of the day, I think it right to state that the design of writing a Life of Lord Ed ward Fitzgerald had been taken up by me some months before any of those events occurred which have again given to the whole face of Europe so revolutionary an aspect. I question, indeed, whether this fear, lest the public should mistake my oh jcet, and consider as meant for the occasion what is intended as historical, would not have prevented me, were I now to choose, from undertaking such a work at such a juncture-but, having undertaken and.
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