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THE purchasers of D. Hume's History of England having been long desirous of a continuation; the proprietor of Dr. Smollett's History (being in possession of a copy with the author's last corrections) has been induced to reprint that work from the Revolution, where Hume's History ends, to the death of George II. in the year 1760.
To make this work more acceptable, the Sec. tions, and other Divisions, are given in a manner correspondent with those observed by Hume; so that any gentleman possessed of the latter, may take up his History at the Revolution, where Hume breaks off, and find a regular connexion in this complete History given by Smollett.
In the latter part only of this work has the present editor found it necessary to make any alterations. The war before the last had its source in America, and thereby drew forth our settlements there into consequence. This, with the loss of most of those settlements since to Great Britain, had brought with it so many changes, that what was found politics and good sense then, is now totally deranged: even facts themselves are become changed, and the very state of the two countries has undergone a metamorphosis which was impossible to be foreseen by the shrewdest politician. To assist the views of so eminent a writer as Smollett, as well as to gratify the expectations of the judicious reader, a few, very few, alterations have been made on those heads. To have proceeded farther would have been a kind of sacrilege, and no less a fraud upon the original author, than upon the
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HISTORY OF ENGLAND.
& I. State of the nation immediately after the Revolution. § II. Account of the new Ministry. § III. The Convention converted into a Parliament. § IV. Mutiny in the army. § V. The Coronation, and abolition of hearth money. § VI. The Commons vote a sum of money to indemnify the Dutch. § VII. William’s efforts in favour of the Dissenters. § VIII. Act for a toleration. § IX. Violent disputes about the bill for a comprehension. § X. The Commons address the King to summon a convocation of the clergy. § XI. Settlement of the revenue. § XII. The King takes umbrage at the proceedings of the Whig party. § XIII. Heats and animosities about the bill of indemnity recommended by the King. § XIV. Birth of the Duke of Gloucester. § XV. Affairs of the continent. § XVI. War declared against France. § XVII. Proceedings in the Convention of Scotland, of which the Duke of Hamilton is chosen president. § XVIII. Letters to the Convention from King William and King james. § XIX. They recognise the authority of King William. § XX. They vote the crown vacant, and pass an act of Settlement in favour of William and Mary. § XXI. They appoint commissioners to make a tender of the crown to William, who receives it on the conditions they propose. § XXII. Enumeration of their grievances. The Convention is declared a Parliament,
and the Duke of Hamilton King’s commissioner. § XXIII. Vol. I. B