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THE

LIFE AND TIMES

OF THE

ROMAN PATRICIAN ALEXIS,

TO WHICH IS ANNEX ED, AN ACCOUNT OF THE

Mission Founded in Kentish Town,

BY THE REV. HARDINGE IVERS.

AND A NOTICE OF THE LATE

DISGRACEFUL ATTEMPT AT RELIGIOUS

PERSECUTION.

Inscribed to

PIUS IX., THE HON. G. S. SMYTHE, AND

THE NEW GENERATION.

BY MILES GERALD KEON:

AUTHOR OF MY ADVENTURES AMONGST THE SOLDIERS AND
LOWER ORDERS IN FRENCH AFRICA AND FRANCE;"

OF AN ARTICLE ON THE JESUITS” IN THE
OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE REVIEW, &c.

London: THOMAS RICHARDSON AND SON, 172, FLEET STREET ; 9, CAPEL STREET, DUBLIN,

AND DERBY.

MDCCC XLVII.

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INSCRIPTION.

I INSCRIBE this little work to my Spiritual Sovereign, Pius IX., because the Saint of whom it treats, was a Roman by nation, and belonged, not only to that great Diocese, called the Church, of which Pius is Chief Bishop, but also to that more particular Diocese, which he equally governs, and which is termed the Eternal City.

The Rev. Hardinge Ivers, of whom this book makes mention, is, besides, one of the clergy of the city of Rome itself.

And finally, both Mr. Ivers, and the August Pontiff to whom I inscribe my present labours, seem to be inspired with an equal devotion to St. Alexis. The one is labouring to raise a church

in England under that Saint's holy invocation; the other, in Italy, promulgated the memorable Amnesty of last year, on the Vigil of his Feast.

I also inscribe my present labours to that New Generation with whose spirit it is filled, and to the brilliant representative of the New Generation, the Honourable George Philip Sydney Smythe.

MILES GERALD KEON.

London, Holy Saturday, 1847.

AUTHORITIES REFERRED TO IN THIS

WORK.

AMONG the authorities referred to in this work are the following:

1. Pinius, the Jesuit, one of the Bollandist Fathers, Acta Sanctorum, tome iv., Du Moulin's Antwerp Edition. (July.)

2. Matthew Vecchiazzani, Hist. Foropopil. part i. page 59, and elsewhere.

3. Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton (Rienzi), " The Barons of Savelli,” &c.

4. Dr. Miley : Rome as it was under Paganism, and as it became under the Popes, vol. ii. page 141,

chap. vi.

5. Fléchier, Histoire de Theodose le Grand. 6. Encyclopédie du dix-neuvieme Siécle. 7. Tillemont, Mon. Eccles. tome x. page 666. 8. Cæsar Baronius, Annals, Numbers 13, 4,

page 370.

9. Severanus, page 369.

10. The Arabic biography of St. Alexis, which, however, relates only his sojourn at Edessa.

11. The anonymous Greek biographer of the tenth century.

12. Nerinio, Abbot of the Hieronymites, De Templo et Coenobio Sanctorum Bonifacii et Alexii, 4to. Romæ, 1752.

13. St. Joseph, usually styled “the Younger,' who wrote a sort of historical poem about the Saint in the ninth century ; a poem which ends, as Pinius translates it into Latin, with these beau

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