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up with the less important details of fashionable life: but there is, at least, this consolation, that like the sun-beams breaking forth through the fluctuating clouds which conceal the luminary from our eyes—these specimens convince us, that the Princess Charlotte pursued the same course when hidden, as when revealed; and, had she lived to ascend the Throne, would then have issued with the greater glory from those secluded shades to which she delighted to retire. Since, however, the Divine Providence has been pleased to destroy all these fair expectations, we next turn our attention to the suddenness of her removal from the very summit of earthly happiness, and contemplate it as a signal proof of the utter instability of earthly things. The particulars of her illness, death, and funeral, possess a peculiar interest; and, it

may

be safely added, that so full and authentic an account has not bitherto appeared.

The histories of the Houses of Brunswick and Stuart are prefixed to these Memoirs; and the present state of the Succession to the Throne is subjoined, in order to dissipate the universal alarm which naturally pervaded the public mind on account of this unexpected calamity. The former, also, is especially intended to shew the principles upon

which the House of Brunswick ascended the British Throne, and to mark the progressive advancement of our general prosperity, as a nation, since that happy event, which consolidated the Constitution in Church and State. The glorious reign, and private virtues, with many anecdotes, of our present venerable Sovereign, (further interesting particulars of whom will be found, among other valuable matter, in the Appendix,) have been particularly recorded. The history of the House of SaxeCobourg, and the Life of Prince Leopold, with anecdotes of the Prince Regent, &c. are also inserted in their proper order; together with accounts of the universally sorrowful sensation which the Death of the Princess Charlotte produced, and of the solemn manner in which the day of her Funeral was observed.

The Plates, and execution of this Work, are now before the Public; and, as the sale sufficiently testifies that they bave recommended themselves, it is needless to say any thing in their favour. The Author may also be at least permitted to add, that as this Book constitutes a literary monument to the memory of the Princess Charlotte, beside being calculated to promote the diffusion of loyal sentiments, and moral and religious truth, without regard to sect or party; it forms a very suitable present for those young Ladies and Gentlemen upon whose opening minds their friends desire to impress those important principles, which equally conduce to individual prosperity and to the security of the State.

CONTENTS,

CHAP. I.-History of the House of Brunswick, to the time

of their Connexion with the Stuart Family; with a brief

Account of that Family, brought down to the Death of

Queen Anne ...

....P.9.

CHAP. II.--History of the House of Brunswick resumed,

from the Accession of King George I. to the Birth of

Her Royal Highness the late Princess Charlotte; with

Anecdotes of His present Majesty.--Marriage of the

Prince and Princess of Wales, &c...... ..P.38.

CHAP. III.-Separation of the Prince and Princess of

Wales.-Education of the Princess Charlotte.-Juvenile

Anecdotes.-Result of the Delicate Investigation.--

Education, Habits, Anecdotes, &c. of the Princess

Charlotte continued..

....P. 70.

CHAP. IV. Remarks on Constitutional Government.--

Eulogium on His present Majesty.—Regency Adminis-

tration.-Party at Carlton House.-Anecdotes.-Letter

of the Princess of Wales to the Prince Regent.-

Princess Charlotte's Residence at Windsor.-Musical

Anecdotes.-Birth-day observed on her coming of Age.

-Fête at Carlton House.-Resides at Warwick House.

-Further Anecdotes.-Removes to Cranbourn Lodge.

-Rejects the Prince of Orange.--Sudden Departure of

the Princess of Wales from England.-First Meeting

of the Princess Charlotte with Prince Leopold.-His

hasty Return to the Continent.--History of the House

of Saxe-Cobourg-Saalfeld.-Memoir of Prince Leo-

pold, &c......

... .P. 118.

CHAP. V.-Indisposition of the Princess Charlotte.--Resides

at Weymouth.-Judicious Benevolence.- Visits the Isle

of Portland, and Abbotsbury Castle.—Marine Excur-

sions.—Anecdote.—Returns to Cranbourn Lodge.-

Appears at the Queen's Drawing-room.- Visits her

Royal Father at Brighton.—Anecdote of the Prince

Regent.--Prince Leopold recalled.--Anecdote.-Par-

liamentary Provision.- Marriage Articles.--Account of

Claremont.-Preparation for the Nuptials.-The Wed-

ding Dresses.—Marriage Ceremony.- Addresses of Con-

gratulation.--Residence at Claremont.-The Nuptial

Drawing-room.-Visits the Places of Public Amase-

ment. - Princess of Wales's Visit to Tunis.-The Prin-

cess Charlotte's Indisposition.-Marriage of the Princess

Mary and the Duke of Gloucester.—Miscarriage of the

Princess Charlotte. Further Account of Claremont.-

Religious Deportment and Domestic Felicity of the

Royal Pair.-Dame Bewley's Cottage.--Anedotes, &c.

List of the Establishment at Claremont.Celebration

of the Princess Charlotte's Birth-day.--Festivities at

Claremont.--Queen's Birth-day.- Notices of the Princess

of Wales.-Princess Charlotte's Pregnancy, and Anni-

versary of her Marriage.- Flitch of Bacon Anecdote.-

Queen's Entertainment at Frogmore.-Anecdote of the

Princess Charlotte and Lady Albemarle.--Mrs. Griffiths,

the Nurse's, first Visit to Claremont.-Anecdote.-Her

Majesty leaves Town for Bath.—The Poem called the

“Quarrel of the Months.".

....P. 191.

CHAP. VI.-Accouchement of the Princess Charlotte.- The

Royal Infant still-born.- Attempts to restore it to

Animation.-Authentic Account of what passed before.

-Patient Resignation of the Princess. - Her Sudden

Illness and unexpected Death.-Indescribable Distress

of Prince Leopold, and of the Prince Regent.-Uni-

versal Public Alarm and Mourning:- The Embalmment.

--The Prince Regent's Visit of Condolence to Prince

Leopold, and Letter to Sir Richard Croft.—Real Cause

of the Princess Charlotte's Death.-Country Accounts

of the deep Sorrow manifested on account of that

Calamity.- Preparations for the Funeral. - The Royal

Sepulchre.—The Coffins, Urn, &c.-Funeral Proces-

sion.-Account of the Manner in which the Day of the

Funeral was observed throughout the Kingdom.-Appli-

cation and Improvement of the awful Event.--Fortitude

and Munificence of Prince Leopold.- Description of

the Interior of Claremont House. --Benevolence of the

Prince Regent.--The Princess of Wales receives the

Intelligence of her Daughter's Death.- Addresses of

Condolence.-Intended Monument to the Memory of

the Princess Charlotte.-Conclusion.- Present State of

the Succession to the Throne...

.P. 378.

APPENDIX.-Medical Reports.—Memoir of the late Sir

Richard Croft, with an Account of his Death.—Account

of the King's first Illness in 1788.–Of the Jubilee in

1809, &c.- Letter of Queen Charlotte to the late King

of Prussia.-Poetical Effusions. ............P. 535.

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