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PUBLIC LIBRARY

787180 A ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

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IN the year 1803, I had the distinguished honor of ushering into public'my Historical Review of the State of Ireland, under the sanction of your Royal Highness's countenance. · In 1809, with your gracious permission, I dedicated to your. Royal Highness my History of Ireland, from its invasion under Henry II. to its union with Great Britain. The acceptance of the latter work, was accompanied with a communication

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most gratifying to the people, who are the subject of it, and flattering to the author : viz. “ That your Royal Highness proposed to yourself much satisfaction in the

pe“ rusal of it, not only from the conviction “ of the authenticity of his researches, but “ inasmuch as they regard a people, for “ whose happiness your Royal Highness “ feels the deepest interest.” I aspired to the high honor of inscribing those works to your Royal Highness, because they brought before the public momentous incidents, by which your Royal Highness, as the first of his Majesty's subjects, is the most intimately affected. The history, which I now offer to the public, embraces the transactions of the Irish Government, from her union with Great Britain, to that temporary extinction of constitutionał Royalty, with which it has been the will of the Most High, the people should be afflicted : a portion of which only, a majority of the two Houses of Parliament, have taken upon themselves to re-animate in

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