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time, for Buonaparte was too ambitious to be long at peace. During this war, the French overran almost all Europe: however, Buonaparte was at length completely beaten by the duke of Wellington, at the battle of Waterloo, in the year 1815. If I was not afraid of making my letter too long, I could tell you about the great battles that were fought at sea, when the British sailors shewed that, if they ever fought, they made sure of conquering. There was a great victory gained by lord Howe, in the year 1794; and another, in the year 1797, by sir John Jervis, who was, in consequence of his bravery and skill, made lord St. Vincent. Then lord Duncan gained a grand victory over the Dutch fleet, in the same year; and in 1798, lord Nelson won the great battle of the Nile; and the same great and noble admiral lost his life in 1805, at the battle of Trafalgar, after having completely beaten the French fleet. I could tell you of many more of our gallant sailors who fought like true Englishmen during this long war; but I must be short. Our soldiers, too, shewed themselves equally brave; and, when you grow older, you will read in a larger history of England of all that they did in
the battles in Spain and other parts of the world; and we all know how nobly they fought at Waterloo. I must, however, end my letter.
Our late excellent king, George the Third, died in the year 1820, after a long illness, during which his present gracious Majesty, then prince of Wales, acted as regent. I think I must now conclude my history, as you know what happened during the present king's reign as well as I do. I think you have tried to remember what I have written; and my letters will serve as an introduction to any larger history that you may meet with hereafter.
I am your affectionate father.
In what year did king George the Third come to the throne
Whose son was George the Third ?
Was his father ever king of England?
In what year?
About what time did lord Clive add greatly to the power of
the English in India?
Who was John Wilkes, and about what time was it that the
country was agitated by commotions on his account? In what year was the Royal Academy instituted in London? In what year did captain Cook make his first voyage round
How long was he in doing this?
Did he make a second voyage?
In what year?
How long was he absent?
About what time did the American war break out?
In what year did the Americans declare themselves independent of England?
Who was the great commander of the American armies ?
What nations were opposed to us in the American war?
Did captain Cook undertake a third voyage?
Did he ever return home?
Can you remember the circumstances of his death, and where
he was killed?
In what year were the riots in London?
On what account?
Who was supposed to be principally concerned in these riots; and what steps were taken on the occasion?
In what year did lord Rodney gain a great victory over the French at sea?
Was an attempt made to take Gibraltar from the English? Who was governor of Gibraltar at the time?
Was it taken from us?
In what year was peace made with America?
In what year was the contest between sir Cecil Wray and
Mr. Fox for the representation of Westminster?
About what time were Sunday schools established; and by whom, and where?
In what year was the king's life attempted by a mad woman; and what was her name?
When did the trial of Mr. Hastings begin; and how long did it last; and for what was he tried; and what was the result?
In what year was the king's illness?
About what time did the French Revolution begin?
In what year was Louis the Sixteenth, king of France, beheaded?
Did any of the nations of Europe go to war against the French; and which of them?
Can you remember who gained the principal naval victories during the war; and in what years?
When was the battle of Waterloo?
In what year did George the Third die?
The following list of the Kings of England. shews that the present King of England is connected, by blood, with William the Conqueror,
and that every King of England, since the conquest, has been so connected. Our young readers may be glad to see all these Kings in one point of view, and may have an opportunity of learning them by heart.
The following is the genealogy of the Kings of England, from his present Majesty to William the Conquerer:-George the Fourth was the son of George the Third, who was the grandson of George the Second, who was the son of George the First, who was the cousin of Ann, who was the sister-inlaw of William the Third, who was the son-in-law of James the Second, who was the brother of Charles the Second, who was the son of Charles the First, who was the son of James the First, who was the cousin of Elizabeth, who was the sister of Mary, who was the sister of Edward the Sixth, who was the son of Henry the Eighth, who was the son of Henry the Seventh, who was the cousin of Richard the Third, who was the uncle of Edward the Fifth, who was the son of Edward the Fourth, who was the cousin of Henry the Sixth, who was the son of Henry the Fifth, who was the son of Henry the Fourth, who was the cousin of Richard the Second, who was the grandson of Edward the