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PRE FAC E.
THE present Volume continues the Modern
History of England, from the accession of EDWARD VI. to the extinction of the House of Tudor, by the death of Queen ELIZABETH.
A new dynasty-the Stuart—then succeeded in James I.; which terminated with the reign of the last of his great-grand-daughters; and was superseded, from the national attachment to that Reformation, which Elizabeth maintained and completed, by the BRUNSWICK Line. Under the princes of this ancestry, whose throne still upholds these constitutional liberties of the nation, by which it was established, and to protect which, it was so happily appointed to its sovereignty, Great Britain has attained the largest empire of human population, that has been hitherto accumulated under any European and Christian Ruler, since the days of Constantine the Great. For of what Western sovereign, before our present Monarch GEORGE IV., and his still revered Father, can it be said, that he has reigned over AN HUNDRED MILLIONS of subjects, united under one paternal sceptre ? and tho widely disparted in their territorial localities, yet now, in this opening year of 1829, forming altogether one peaceful, prosperous, and happy kingdom;