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1802.

I too. PREFACE.

The Volumes of this History subsequent to the Brunswic accession, now arrived, through the unexpected favor of the Public, at a third and enlarged edition, have by Censors, to whose judgment respect is due, been objected against as " desicient in authorities.** To this accusation it is obvious to answer, that nothing would have been, easier than to fill the margin and a great part of every page with historical references and citations. But this parade of authorities would too evidently have swelled the size without adding to the valfle of the work; for the author pretended not to the merit of making new discoveries. The events and occurrences contained in the historv were never disputed; why then ostentatioufly labor to establish what no one was disposed to controvert? If any thing can be considered as novel in the history of the two elder monarchs of the Brunswic line, it is the frequent and positive assertion that Bremen, Verden, and Mecklenburg were the true springs of the foreign or continental politics of the court of London for almost twenty years. This is not indeed consirmed by marginal references, but by a statement of known and acknowledged facts, combined with original documents, blended and consolidated with the narrative, so as to enforce conviction on the most stubborn incredulity. If the

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