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The Autobiography of William Jerdan
Sir John Gladstone to William Jerdan, 23 January 1815

Vol. I. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Introductory
Ch. 2: Childhood
Ch. 3: Boyhood
Ch. 4: London
Ch. 5: Companions
Ch. 6: The Cypher
Ch. 7: Edinburgh
Ch. 8: Edinburgh
Ch. 9: Excursion
Ch. 10: Naval Services
Ch. 11: Periodical Press
Ch. 12: Periodical Press
Ch. 13: Past Times
Ch. 14: Past Times
Ch. 15: Literary
Ch. 16: War & Jubilees
Ch. 17: The Criminal
Ch. 18: Mr. Perceval
Ch. 19: Poets
Ch. 20: The Sun
Ch. 21: Sun Anecdotes
Ch. 22: Paris in 1814
Ch. 23: Paris in 1814
Ch. 24: Byron
Vol. I. Appendices
Scott Anecdote
Burns Anecdote
Life of Thomson
John Stuart Jerdan
Scottish Lawyers
Sleepless Woman
Canning Anecdote
Southey in The Sun
Hood’s Lamia
Murder of Perceval
Vol. II. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Literary
Ch. 2: Mr. Canning
Ch. 3: The Sun
Ch. 4: Amusements
Ch. 5: Misfortune
Ch. 6: Shreds & Patches
Ch. 7: A Character
Ch. 8: Varieties
Ch. 9: Ingratitude
Ch. 10: Robert Burns
Ch. 11: Canning
Ch. 12: Litigation
Ch. 13: The Sun
Ch. 14: Literary Gazette
Ch. 15: Literary Gazette
Ch. 16: John Trotter
Ch. 17: Contributors
Ch. 18: Poets
Ch 19: Peter Pindar
Ch 20: Lord Munster
Ch 21: My Writings
Vol. II. Appendices
The Satirist.
Authors and Artists.
The Treasury
Morning Chronicle
Chevalier Taylor
Foreign Journals
Vol. III. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Literary Pursuits
Ch. 2: Literary Labour
Ch. 3: Poetry
Ch. 4: Coleridge
Ch 5: Criticisms
Ch. 6: Wm Gifford
Ch. 7: W. H. Pyne
Ch. 8: Bernard Barton
Ch. 9: Insanity
Ch. 10: The R.S.L.
Ch. 11: The R.S.L.
Ch. 12: L.E.L.
Ch. 13: L.E.L.
Ch. 14: The Past
Ch. 15: Literati
Ch. 16: A. Conway
Ch. 17: Wellesleys
Ch. 18: Literary Gazette
Ch. 19: James Perry
Ch. 20: Personal Affairs
Vol. III. Appendices
Literary Poverty
Ismael Fitzadam
Mr. Tompkisson
Mrs. Hemans
A New Review
Debrett’s Peerage
Procter’s Poems
Poems by Others
Poems by Jerdan
Vol. IV. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Critical Glances
Ch. 2: Personal Notes
Ch. 3: Fresh Start
Ch. 4: Thomas Hunt
Ch. 5: On Life
Ch. 6: Periodical Press
Ch. 7: Quarterly Review
Ch. 8: My Own Life
Ch. 9: Mr. Canning
Ch. 10: Anecdotes
Ch. 11: Bulwer-Lytton
Ch. 12: G. P. R. James
Ch. 13: Finance
Ch. 14: Private Life
Ch. 15: Learned Societies
Ch. 16: British Association
Ch. 17: Literary Characters
Ch. 18: Literary List
Ch. 19: Club Law
Ch. 20: Conclusion
Vol. IV. Appendix
Gerald Griffin
W. H. Ainsworth
James Weddell
The Last Bottle
N. T. Carrington
The Literary Fund
Letter from L.E.L.
Geographical Society
Baby, a Memoir
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“Liverpool, January 23rd, 1815


“Permit me to express to you my acknowledgments for repelling so ably the gross and malignant attacks which the Editors of the ‘Morning Chronicle’ and ‘Globe’ have directed at me. I do not know what can be said more on this subject, where the honest conclusions are so obvious; those who will shut and keep their eyes shut, will not and cannot see: to convert them is hopeless, but truth must ultimately prevail.

“The Editor of the ‘Liverpool Courier’ assures me that his paper of next Wednesday (which I will take care to forward to you) will contain a faithful report of what was stated by me at the public meeting here, on Tuesday last; when you receive it, you will judge what part, on the whole, it may be advisable to give to the public through the medium of wide circulation, which your paper affords. When I addressed my letter to the Editors of both, my great and leading object was to prevent my Lord Liverpool’s letter being made the subject of that gross misrepresentation which was so evidently the object of the party; I thought little of myself. In this it appears I failed; and thence the cup of malevolence has been emptied, propped up by every species of falsehood and misconstruction. Our Town Hall may contain, when crowded, one thousand people; five thousand were assembled on that day to fill it, but the Opposition, ever active and industrious, had at an early hour blockaded the doors, and, with few exceptions, filled the room. I was determined to be there, and, with much difficulty, got in. I wish I could have united my voice to others on the subject of the Mayor’s impartiality, but I am sorry to say that it was marked by the most improper leaning to the party; indeed, the results, as described by themselves, afford ample evidence of this fact; those who are acquainted with the local circumstances, and traits of character and conduct here, perfectly understand this. A counterrepresentation, signed, in a few hours, by above sixty of the most respectable inhabitants here (and the most wealthy), recommending that no steps should be taken to embarrass the Legislature, in a choice of difficulties, was presented to him, but it
was of no avail; and I have no hesitation in stating it as my opinion, to you, that here, as at Bristol, this is the sense of the respectable part of the community. Though unsupported in public, and unconnected with the Government, I have not hesitated to state my opinions fully and fairly to the world, and I do trust that the Government will not be induced by clamour to shrink from their duty on this very important occasion. With gratitude and respect, believe me to be, Sir,

“Your most obedient Servant,