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AUTHORITIES CONSULTED.

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1. The Essays of Elia, and other writings, in prose

and verse, of Charles Lamb. 2. Letters of Charles Lamb, with a Sketch of his Life

by Thomas Noon Talfourd . .'. 3. Final Memorials of Charles Lamb, &c., by Thomas

Noon Talfourd 4. Charles Lamb: A Memoir, by Barry Cornwall . . 5. Charles and Mary Lamb: Poems, Letters, and Re

mains, by W. Carew Hazlitt. 6. Gillman's Life of Coleridge, vol. i. . 7. Cottle's Early Recollections of Coleridge 8. Alsop's Letters, Conversations, and Recollections of

Coleridge . . 9. My Friends and Acquaintance, by P. G. Patmore . 10. Autobiography of Leigh Hunt 11. Memoirs of William Hazlitt, by W. Carew Hazlitt. 12. Literary Reminiscences, by Thomas Hood (in Hood's

Oron) 13. Haydon's Autobiography and Journals 14. Diary of Henry Crabb Robinson. . 15. Memoir of Charles Mathews (the elder), by Mrs.

Mathews 16. Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey 17. Obituary Notices, Reminiscences, Essays, &c., in

various magazines and reviews.

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CHARLES LAMB.

CHAPTER I.

BOYHOOD.—THE TEMPLE AND CHRIST'S HOSPITAL.

[1775–1789.]

“I was born and passed the first seven years

of
my

life in the Temple. Its church, its halls, its gardens, its fountain, its river, I had almost said—for in those young years what was this king of rivers to me but a stream that watered our pleasant places ?—these are of my oldest recollections." In this manner does Charles Lamb, in an essay that is one of the masterpieces of English prose, open for us those passages of autobiography which happily abound in his writings. The words do more than fix places and dates. They strike the key in which his early life was set-and the later life, hardly less. The genius of Lamb was surely guided into its special channel by the chance that the first fourteen years of his life were passed, as has been said, “ between cloister and cloister," between the mediæval atmosphere of the quiet Temple and that of the busy school of Edward VL

Charles Lamb was born on the 10th of February, 1775, in Crown Office Row in the Temple, the line of buildings

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