A Note-Book of Edmund Burke

A Note-Book of Edmund Burke

A Note-Book of Edmund Burke

A Note-Book of Edmund Burke

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The following poems, characters, essays and other sketches are now printed for the first time, in their entirety, from a notebook preserved among the Burke papers belonging toEarl Fitzwilliam , but now deposited in the Public Library at Sheffield.

The note-book measures 8x6½ in., and is roughly bound in boards, quarter parchment. It is inscribed 'Found among Mr Wm. Burke's Papers byW. Cuppage'. The contents are partly in the hand of Edmund Burke and partly in that of his 'kinsman'William Burke.

William Burke was known as a kinsman ofEdmund, though their exact relationship has never been made clear . When Edmund first came to London he lodged in the house of William's father; later the two of them continuously resided and travelled together; and, until Edmund's death in 1796, William, when in England, was a member of his household. They were also together involved in many financial transactions, in which William played the leading part, and indeed brought no little discredit to his 'cousin' Edmund . But they were also literary collaborators. Nor are William's talents in this field by any means to be despised. Horace Walpole in his Memoirs of the Reign of King George the Third tells us, 'William Burke, the cousin of Edmund, wrote with ingenuity and sharpness; and both of them were serviceable to the new Administration (in 1766), by party papers'; andJohn Almon in his Biographical, Literary and Political Anecdotes (1797) has . . .

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