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THE COURT OF VIENNA
THE RT. HON. SIR ROBERT ADAIR, G.C.B.
A SELECTION FROM HIS DESPATCHES,
PUBLISHED BY PERMISSION OF THE PROPER AUTHORITIES.
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS,
The Publishers of this work beg to state that it is private property, protected by the late Copy-
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EARL GRE Y.
MY DEAR LORD,
I INSCRIBE to you this record of a period, full of danger to Europe, and of difficulty in our relations with the Continental Powers, in which you bore a distinguished part. Accept it, in remembrance of the great man whom, on his death, you succeeded in the direction of our Foreign Affairs. Accept it, also, in the name of our fifty years' friendship, increasing on my
side in veneration as life and its businesses recede from me.
Chesterfield Street, Mayfair,
10th April, 1844.
It was originally intended by the author of this Memoir that it should not be published during his lifetime; but the many and increasing errors of the Foreign Press in commenting on the matters of which it treats, induce him to alter his purpose. He lays it before the Public therefore now, in order that, if necessary, recourse may be had for the truth of his statements to the testimony of some eminent men still living, and who were employed in planning and executing the foreign policy of England in 1806.
He avails himself likewise of the official permission granted to him by Lord Palmerston, and not withdrawn by Lord Aberdeen, to print such parts of his despatches from the Court of Vienna, where he was employed at that period, as might not be prejudicial to the public service. Prince Metternich's consent, without which their publication would not have been proper, has been notified to him through her Majesty's ambassador at that Court.