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ON

THE HISTORY

OF THE

ENGLISH GOVERNMENT

AND

CONSTITUTION,

FROM THE REIGN OF HENRY VII.

TO THE PRESENT TIME.

By LORD JOHN RUSSELL.

Qualis frugifero quercus sublimis in agro,
Exuvias veteres populi, sacrataque gestans
Dona ducum; nēc jam validis radicibus hærens,
Pondere fixa suo est :
At quamvis primo nutet casura sub Euro
Tot circum silvæ firmo se robore tollant,
Sola tamen colitur.

LUCAN.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR

LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN,

PATERNOSTER-ROW,

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ADVERTISEMENT.

The design upon which the following essay was written comprehended much more than has been yet accomplished. It was my object to illustrate, by an analysis of the history of the governments of modern Europe from the commencement of the fifteenth century, two very plain but somewhat neglected truths. The first is, that the monarchies of the continent of Europe have been, generally speaking, so ill adapted to make their subjects virtuous and happy, that they require, or required, complete regeneration. The second is, that the

government of England ought not to be included in this class ; that it is calculated to produce liberty, worth, and content,

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