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The whole Collected and arranged, from Authorized Sources only,

Author of “THE PERu v1ANs,” &c. &c.

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THE chief excellence of an historical Memoir of the pri-
vate or public actions of an individual, rendered celebrated
by the display and practice of eminent virtues, or the com-
mission of heroic deeds, depends on its strict adherence to
truth, and a positive rejection of all incidents or events
which cannot be traced to an authentic or genuine source.
In proportion, however, to the privacy of the mode of life
which an individual may adopt, of whatever rank or station
in life, is the difficulty of obtaining those authentic par-
ticulars, which ought to form the basis of the labours of
the historian, and which alone can render him worthy of the
confidence of the present age, or of posterity.
The life of the Princess Charlotte may be justly con-
sidered as one of privacy and seclusion; few of her actions
transpired beyond the circuit of her own immediate residence,
and were consequently only known to those few select indi-
viduals whom she honored with her confidence. To at-
tempt, therefore, a faithful delineation of the private life of
such an exalted individual, encircled but by few, and whose
actions, though guided by the principles of virtue, pos-
sessed not any public notoriety from their splendor, or
their political influence, might have been considered as
wholly fruitless, in regard to a fidelity of colouring, or a
strict adherence to those nice and distinct shades by which
individual characters are particularly distinguished. The daily
journalists, though guided by a laudable desire to catch every
important event, as it floats down the stream of time, are yet
often deceived in the validity or the truth of the objects
which are presented to them; and thence a very nice discrimi-
nating power is necessary in the historian, who, from those
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ii treasures, selects the materials with which his own fabric is to be erected. In the arrangement, therefore, of the following

work, a greater attention has been paid to the sources of .

private than to public information; and it is with feelings of a just and grateful pride, that a public acknowledgment is here made by the author, of the disinterested manner in which certain eminent and illustrious individuals stepped forward to assist him in the prosecution of his work, and without whose aid many of those interesting traits in the character, and those important events in the life of the lamented Princess, which are now first made public, would, perhaps, have never digressed beyond the knowledge of the circle, in which her Royal Highness immediately moved. The confidence which has been reposed in the author by one exalted individual in particular, will be ever remembered, with the most genuine sentiments of respect and esteem, and in no single instance will it be found that it has been abused. The mean and insidious attempts which have been made by disappointed individuals to call in question the authenticity of these memoirs, for the purpose of palming upou the public a crude and undigested work of their own, have throughout been met, on our part, with that contempt which they deserve. The distinguished patronage and support of an enlightened public have accompanied us through our arduous undertaking; animated by their confidence, difficulties apparently insuperable have been overcome, and whilst displaying for the benefit of posterity, one of the brightest examples of female excellence and virtue, the interests of the country in a political sense, have not been overlooked. We wish only to be tried by the test of excellence—the only Test which merit ever seeks.

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IN future times, when the impartial historian collects for the advantage cf. posterity, the many momentous events which have characterized the present era, and from which the honour or the glory, the misery or the afflictions of the country have emanated,—in the wide range of his observations, no circumstance will rivet his attention more closely, or engross the powers of his heart and mind more forcibly, than that which has given rise to the present work. Justly glorying in their political constitution, the people of this country attach a particular interest to every event which affects the succession to the throne. It is the grand principle of hereditary succession in one family, connected with the elevated rank assigned to royalty, that protects this nation against the evils of civil convulsions. The B

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