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up with the less important details of fashionable life: but there is, at least, this consolation, that like the sun-beams breaking forth through the fluctuating clouds which conceal the luminary from our eyes—these specimens convince us, that the Princess Charlotte pursued the same course when hidden, as when revealed; and, had she lived to ascend the Throne, would then have issued with the greater glory from those secluded shades to which she delighted to retire. Since, however, the Divine Providence has been pleased to destroy all these fair expectations, we next turn our attention to the suddenness of her removal from the very summit of earthly happiness, and contemplate it as a signal proof of the utter instability of earthly things. The particulars of her illness, death, and funeral, possess a peculiar interest; and, it
be safely added, that so full and authentic an account has not bitherto appeared.
The histories of the Houses of Brunswick and Stuart are prefixed to these Memoirs; and the present state of the Succession to the Throne is subjoined, in order to dissipate the universal alarm which naturally pervaded the public mind on account of this unexpected calamity. The former, also, is especially intended to shew the principles upon
which the House of Brunswick ascended the British Throne, and to mark the progressive advancement of our general prosperity, as a nation, since that happy event, which consolidated the Constitution in Church and State. The glorious reign, and private virtues, with many anecdotes, of our present venerable Sovereign, (further interesting particulars of whom will be found, among other valuable matter, in the Appendix,) have been particularly recorded. The history of the House of SaxeCobourg, and the Life of Prince Leopold, with anecdotes of the Prince Regent, &c. are also inserted in their proper order; together with accounts of the universally sorrowful sensation which the Death of the Princess Charlotte produced, and of the solemn manner in which the day of her Funeral was observed.
The Plates, and execution of this Work, are now before the Public; and, as the sale sufficiently testifies that they bave recommended themselves, it is needless to say any thing in their favour. The Author may also be at least permitted to add, that as this Book constitutes a literary monument to the memory of the Princess Charlotte, beside being calculated to promote the diffusion of loyal sentiments, and moral and religious truth, without regard to sect or party; it forms a very suitable present for those young Ladies and Gentlemen upon whose opening minds their friends desire to impress those important principles, which equally conduce to individual prosperity and to the security of the State.