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OF THE RECENTLY PUBLISHED LETTERS OF THE
LATE KING TO LORD KENYON, AND HIS LORDSHIP'S ANSWERS;

AND

LETTERS OF THE LATE MR. PITT TO THE LATE KING,

AND THE LATE KING'S ANSWERS.

BY

CHARLES BUTLER, ESQUIRE.

LONDON:
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

MDCCC XXVII.

414.

INTRODUCTION.

THE first edition of the following Letter on the Coronation Oath was published a few days after his Royal Highness delivered his memorable speech on the 25th of May 1825. The writer trusts that he has uniformly expressed himself in it, in the terms of high respect, to which that illustrious personage was eminently intitled.

It has long been out of print; a second edition of it appears at this time, in consequence of a recent publication of great importance, intitled,—“ Letters from his late Majesty to the late Lord Kenyon on the Coronation Oath, with his Lordship's Answers : and Letters of the Right Honourable William Pitt to His late Majesty, with His Majesty's Answers, previous to the Dissolution of the

Ministry in 1801.".

TATS

> In dutiful attachment to the sacred person and governA hent of his late Majesty, while he lived, none exceeded

the Roman catholics; none respected more his Majesty's conscientious feeling on the Coronation Oath. They knew it to be sincere; and they revered its sincerity. In their memory and gratitude, the Acts passed, in their favour, during his reign, will ever live.

Several circumstances have long led the writer to suspect that the true state of the question, supposed to arise on the Coronation Oath, was never properly presented either to his Majesty, or his Royal Brother. The writer's suspicions are confirmed by the correspondence. It cannot be said that the statements made by his Majesty's direction,

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