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COURT LIFE BELOW STAIRS
LONDON UNDER THE LAST GEORGES
A NEW EDITION
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
The popularity of the first volumes of this work—practically proved by a demand which sent the book into a second edition in three weeks, and out of print in as many months -has induced me to continue the pictures of Court Life under the Georges.
The reigns of George III. and George IV. are no less interesting and instructive, to those who study the social history and manners of courts, than those of George I. and George II. ; and, it is mournful to assert, are far more scandalous. George III., it is true, was from the day of his marriage a moral man; but the grossly voluptuous and glaringly corrupt example of his immediate predecessors yet affected the conduct of his courtiers and tainted them grievously. Concerning George IV. there can be no second opinion.
As in the former volumes, so in these, I have omitted as much as possible all reference to politics, save where they are responsible for the actions of Kings, Princes, and Courtiers. No statement is made without authority; and due care has been taken to paint faithful portraits of the various characters introduced. To give a vivid picture of the Court life, neither time nor labour has been spared. For this purpose, I have consulted upwards of five hundred volumes, principally autobiographies, biographies, correspondence, and diaries, likewise manuscripts, pamphlets, newspapers, and the ballad literature of the day.
COURT LIFE BELOW STAIRS.
The Child Born to be King-A Dull, Good Boy— Uncom-
monly full of Princely Prejudices'- Death of Frederick,
gave such strong indications of his intentions of imme-