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LATE MINISTER AND SECRETARY OF STATE IN FRANCE UNDER THE

REIGN OF LOUIS XVI.

Non criticorum more, in laude et censura tempus teratur,
sed planè historicè res ipsæ narrentur, judicium parcius inter-
ponatur.

Baco. DE AUGM. Lib. II. c. 4.

VOLUME III.

London :

PUBLISHED BY T. CADELL AND W. DAVIES, STRAND,

AND W. MILLER, ALBEMARLE-STREET ;
AND MAY ALSO BE HAD BY THE SUBSCRIBERS,

OF THE AUTHOR, 38, BREWER-STREET,
AND OF D. N. SHURY, PRINTER, 7, BERWICK STREET, souo.

1812.

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After accomplishing the very painful, and melancholy task of writing the history of the most destructive, and most odious revolution that ever disgraced mankind, I was naturally induced to investigate, more minutely than I had ever done,

the annals of the hospitable country that afforded ' me an honourable and safe asylum from the horrors

which I had first personally shared, and then recorded. I contemplated with the liveliest interest the various struggles of this great nation for liberty, and traced the Constitution of England, gradually improving by a long series of revolutions, more or

less rational in their operation, at last emerg. : ing from them, and attaining that degree of sta

bility and perfection, to which it has finally been raised, principally by the wisdom and virtues of the illustrious Dynasty, which YouR ROYAL HIGHNESS is called to continue, and which cannot fail to excite more and more, the love and gratitude of

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