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THE greater part of the volume now published was privately printed some years ago. The interest which many have expressed in the career of Hugh Elliot has induced his descendants to give it to a larger circle, the desire to make him better known to his countrymen having outweighed the considerations which have hitherto prevented the publication of so slight and imperfect a sketch of his life.
To the contents of the original volume as privately printed, which terminated with the correspondence of 1785, have been added a few chapters containing a narrative of his various diplomatic missions subsequent to that period; his own papers, whether public or private, having been invariably the source whence the information given about him has been drawn.
As the concluding chapters, which deal with public affairs, may be said to have somewhat of a historic character, it has been thought desirable to give translations of the original letters addressed by sovereigns to Mr. Elliot, or by him to sovereigns.
MINTO, Sept. 1, 1868.