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INTRODUCTORY ESSAY ON REGAL STATE AND CEREMONIAL, AND A FULL

ACCOUNT OF THE CORONATION CEREMONY, ETC.

BY WILLIAM J. THOMS,

FELLOW OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES.

LONDON:
RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET,
Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty.

1838.

TO HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY

THE QUEEN.

MADAM,

I HAVE the honour to dedicate to Your Majesty the following volume, which I have ventured to designate “ The Book of the Court;" and I beg leave, most respectfully, to tender my grateful thanks for the distinction which Your Majesty has conferred upon me, by granting me Your Majesty's gracious permission so to do.

May I be allowed to add to this expression of thanks, my fervent prayer for Your Majesty's long and happy reign, and that, —while under Your Majesty's governance, the country may boast of the same high honour in arms, and glory in the liberal arts, which distinguished it in the reign of Elizabeth, - Your Majesty may, under Providence, secure those advantages to Your people, without the heavy cares and ceaseless anxieties which their purchase entailed upon that illustrious Queen.

I remain,
With the profoundest veneration,

Madam,
Your Majesty's most faithful Subject

and dutiful Servant,

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