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OF THE

HISTORY OF ENGLAND,

FROM THE

INVASION OF JULIUS CÆSAR TO THE DEATH

OF GEORGE II.

WITH A

CONTINUATION
TO THE ACCESSION OF QUEEN VICTORIA;

TO WHICH IS ADDED,
AN OUTLINE OF THE BRITISH CONSTITUTION.

WITH

QUESTIONS FOR EXAMINATION

AT THE END OF EACH SECTION ;

FOR

The Use of Schools and of Private Students.

By ROBERT SIMPSON,
Author of a History of Scotland, and Editor of improved Editions of

Goldsmith's Histories of Greece and Rome.

THIRTEENTH EDITION,
GREATLY IMPROVED AND ENLARGED.

EDINBURGH:

PUBLISHED BY

AND

OLIVER & BOYD, TWEEDDALE COURT ;
SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & CO., LONDON.

1810.
[Price Three Shillings and Sixpence Bound.]

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PREFACE

TO THE THIRTEENTH EDITION.

The value of Dr Goldsmith's Abridgment of the History of England, as a class-book for the use of schools, has been long known and universally acknowledged ; on which account the proprietors and publishers of this volume have retained the title, though the work is almost entirely new. Several in portant sources of information have been opened up since the days when Goldsmith wrote, more especially as regards the early annals of the kingdom; for which reason that portion of his narrative which embodied the transactions of the Romans, Britons, and Saxons, has been withdrawn, to make way for a more correct and authentic account of the settlements of those ancient nations in the southern parts of this island. Besides, the original author concluded his labours at the death of George the Second; and as some of the most interesting occurrences in the history of England have taken place since that period, the proprietors, in order to render this publication as complete as possible, have brought down the record of events to the accession of Queen Victoria. With the same view, they have had the text so thoroughly revised, that every page has been partially rewritten. The errors which had crept into former editions are removed ; the exercises have been carefully compared with the portions of the narrative to which they refer; and the chapter on the

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