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| HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS
REFLECTIONS ON THE GOVERNMENT
EX-KING OF HOLLAND.
“ Do what you ought, happen what may."
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The work here offered to the public, under the title of Historical Due cuments and Reflections on the Government of Holland, will not be uninteresting in the present day, and is capable of furnishing valuable materials for history. It is translated from the original manuscript copy, transmitted to this country for publication by the author, which is deposited in the hands of the publishers, where it may be seen.
Its authenticity is indisputable. It is easy to discern in the slightest particulars that character of frankness and moderation, that enlightened philanthropy, for which the author was particularly distinguished. The work may be considered in two points of view. In the first it belongs to the department of history: the events of the celebrated period it retraces, though known, acquire an additional interest from the pen of their historian. The rank he filled on the stage of the world initiated him into the secrets of cabinets; deriving facts from their very source, an actor or . eye-witness in most of them, the veracity of the writer is a pledge of their accuracy. The historical part comprises all that period after Louis Bonaparte ascended the throne of Holland, till the time when he chose rather to resign the sceptre, than become the subaltern tyrant of a people, whose destiny had been committed to his care: this part displays more especially a full deseription of the interior administration of Holland; the particular views of Louis for the happiness and independence of that kingdom; his
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