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The Author's Introduction - - - - -
Account and anecdotes of his family - - - - - -
South Sea scheme, and the bill of pains and penalties against the Directors;
among whom was the Author's grandfather . - - -
Character of Mr. William Law . - - - - -
Mr. Gibbon's birth; he is put under the care of Mr. Kirkby; some account of
Mr. Kirkby . - - - - - -
The Author is sent to Dr. Wooddeson's school, whence he is removed on the
death of his mother.—Affectionate observations on his aunt, Mrs. Catharine
ls entered at Westminster school; is removed on account of ill health, and after-
wards placed under the care of the Rev. Mr. Francis - -
Enters a Gentleman Commoner at Magdalen College, Oxford.—Remarks on that
University.—Some account of Magdalen College.—Character of Dr.Waldegrave,
Mr. Gibbon's first tutor - - - - -
The Author determines to write a history; its subject.—Solution of a chronolo-
gical difficulty.—Mr. Gibbon is converted to the Roman Catholic religion; cites
the examples of Chillingworth and Bayle; their characters.-Mr. Gibbon obliged
to leave Oxford.—Farther remarks on the University - - -
The Author is removed to Lausanne, and placed under the care of Mr. Pavilliard.
-Reflections on his change of situation.—Character of Mr. Pavilliard, and an
account of his manner of restoring Mr. Gibbon to the Protestant Church.-Mr.
Gibbon received the sacrament in the church of Lausanne on Christmas-day,
1754 - - - - - - - -
The Author's account of the books he read, and of the course of study he pur-
sued

Mr. Gibbon makes the tour of Switzerland; forms a correspondence with several
literary characters; is introduced to Voltaire, and sees him perform several
characters in his own plays.-Remarks on his acting - - -
Some account of Mademoiselle Curchod, (afterwards Madame Necker).-Reflec-
tions on his education at Lausanne; he returns to England; his manner of
spending his time. - - - - - -
Mr. Gibbon publishes his first work, Essai sur l'Etude de la Littérature.—Some
observations on the plan and the character of the performance.—Character of
Dr. Ma - - - - - - -
Thr Koź. manner of passing his time in the Hampshire militia, and reflections
upon it - - - - - - -
Mr. Gibbon resumes his studies; determines to write upon some historical subject;
considers various subjects, and makes remarks upon them for that purpose.—
Sees Mallet's Elvira performed.—Character of that play - - -
The Author passes some time at Paris, gives an account of the persons with whom
be chiefly associated; proceeds through Dijon and Besançon to Lausanne,—
Characterises a society there, called La Societé du Printemps.-Becomes ac-
quainted with Mr. Holroyd, now Lord Sheffield.—Remarks on their meeting .
** account of Mr. Gibbon's studies at Lausanne, preparatory to his Italian
Journey.—He travels into Italy; his feelings and observations upon his arrival
* Rome.—He returns to England.—His reflections upon his situation.—Some
occount of his friend, Mr. Deyverdun.—He writes, and communicates to his
friends, an historical Essay upon the Liberty of the Swiss.-Their unfavourable
judgment.—Mr. Hume's opinion - - - -

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