Journals requested me, in January 1865, a few days before his death, to take charge of them with a view to publication at some future time. Ho left that time to my discretion, merely remarking that Memoirs of this kind ought not, in his opinion, to be locked up until they had lost their principal interest by the death of all those who had taken any part in the events they describe. He placed several of the earlier volumes at once in my hands, and he intimated to his surviving brother and executor, Mr. Henry GrevihV, his desire that the remainder should be given me for this purpose. The injunction was at once complied with after Mr. Charles Greville sdeath, and this interesting deposit has now remained for nearly ten years in my possession. In my opinion this period of time is long enough to remove every reasonable objection to the publication of a contemporary record of events already separated from us by a much longer interval, for the transactions related in these volumes commence in 1818 and end in 1837.
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