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PART I.-HISTORICAL.

VOL. XIII. PART I.

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PART 1.-HISTORICAL.

CHAPTER I.

DEATH OF THE KING.

Death of George III.-General View of his Age.-His Public and Private

Character.-Accession of George IV.-Death of the Duke of Kent,

The first important event which di- ving, had been intimately associated versified the present year, was one with the name and person of George which, even as occurring to an indi. III. All the revolutions which, du. vidual long since dead to himself and ring more than half a century, had to the world, caused a deep emotion agitated the world, and changed its in the public mind. For many years, aspect; wonderful mutations in the the monthly bulletins had continued external and internal state of the emregularly to announce, that his Ma- pire-in its relations with the neighjesty was in good health and spirits, bouring states, and with all the rest but that his disorder continued una- of the world ;-a new tone infused bated. The public having ceased to into human thought, and into the read these bulletins, it had scarcely whole frame of society ;-these were been observed that the last one had the objects which at once presented stated some change to have taken themselves, on comparing the complace. It burst, therefore, as a com- mencement with the close of this long plete surprise upon the nation, when reign. The train of contemplation an official bulletin announced the ex- into which we are thus drawn, die tinction of all that yet survived of this vides itself naturally into two leading aged and revered' Monarch. Small branches-the age, and the character, as this event now was, it awakened of George III. in every thinking mind a crowd of

It has been said, that every age interesting and solemn recollections. considers the events which have disAll the ideas of royalty and of kingly tinguished it, as more wonderful than power, as originally formed in the any other. Admitting fully this prone :: inind of almost every Briton now li- ness to exaggeration, and that the

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