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!?OLITICAL CHARACTERS. biftory will not rank him among those few

chosen and immortal spirits, raised up by For A Short Review of the Political State

providence in her bounty, for the felicity of Great Britain at the commencement of

and admiration of mankind; yet will esyuar 1787.)

the, when faction and party are exThe SOVEREIGN.

tinct, consigo him no mean or unworIT has fallen to the lot of few princes thy place in the temple of departed mo

of wbom hiftory bas preserved any narchs. If he thall not be placed with atbestic record, to enjoy so consider Trajan, and Antoninus, and Aurelius, yet itke a portion of the personalattachment, shall he “ foar above the limits of a volrepect, and adherence of their subjects, gar fate." He has not, like Lewis the ter the unprecedented disgraces and Fourteenth, wafted the blood of his

mities of his reign, as George the people in oftentatious and wanton invaThird appears to possess at the present fions of the dominions of princes allied Dernt. The loss of thirteen colonies, to bim by defcent. or connected with him

both the Floridas, of part of our Weft. by treaties. His wars, however ingloIndia Ilaods, and of Minorca-The fur. rious, or however destructive in their reader of whole armies--the ignominious

progress, originated in principles, which Ett of English fleets before those of eveo rebellion must refpect, although the France and Spain-the expenditure of may oppose. Fortitude, equanimity, ledie bundred and thirty millions of pounds nity, benignity; all the virtues which a-the abyss of ruin into which a long dorn the humble walks of private life, train of unfortunate councils has plung. are to be traced in the palace of George ed the empire-the accumulation of tax, the Third, and have accompanied him os onder which every order of the com• through every period of his reign. If supits is opprefled and overwhelmed - he has not rivalled tbe Medicis in the ad the degree of political insignificance, protection of the arts and of science, he mto which a country is fallen, who once has at least extended to them a degree of algenied ber largefles and her subsidies to patronage and of attention, which has kaif the princes of Europe :--These mis neither been chracteristic of, nor beredi

rallelled as tbey are, yet have not depri accession to the throne of England. His med bis Majesty of the affections of his continence, the decorum of his manners,

continence, the decornm of people. His popularity, which, during and his conjugal virtues, have even in an ike Erft years of his reign, and in all the age like this, produced an effect proporfenthine of youth, and internal prospe tionate to their intrinfic merit ; and have nity, and external success, could not suf. held him up to the public eye in a point tan itself against an obscure periodical of view, to which no heart of feeling, paper, written by a private gentleman; or mind of reflection, can ever be infenhas yet, to the admiration of mankind, fible. Adorned with these amiable quaforvised this migbty wreck, and even lities, and aided by the concomitance of roewed itself amidit the convulfions and circumstances *, which I have endeavourdecadence of the Britilh empire.

ed faithfully to delineate, we shall not To lo extraordioary and improbable a perbaps wonder at the advantageous popoint of popularity bas George the Third fition in wbich his Majesty appears to his bera elevated by a combination of cir. people, and to all Europe, at the clofe of anstances, after a reign of fix and twenty 1786. years; tbe Girft portion of which contains toerent worthy the commemoration of

Mr Pitt. Liory, except a peace, unquestionably

Among the political phenomena of the interior to the juft expectations of a vic prelent century, and certainly as the most torioos nation : but the latter part of prominent feature which characterises wich law the altar of victory thrown the close of the year 1780, may be co down, and the Imperial Eagle, which fidered the polletion of the first executive had feared fo high, trampled in the duft, office in this complicated government, wolted, and expiring! A reigp, already quietly retained by a youth, who has alLager in its duration than any, except • The numerous family of the Sovereign; that of George the Second, fince the his private virtues and domestic character; death of Elisabetb, has rendered the cha. the mildnefs of the present age; the formatacter of the King intimately known to rion and existence of the coalition, and the ciery order of his subjects; and although recent attempt on his Majesty's lifc.

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