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His Royal Highness Provve Prince of Wales Regent of Great Britain. PC.

Publish'd by Nuttall Fisher & Dixon, Liverpool June. 1818.

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was still more gratifying, she saw herself preserved, after the extinction of all the other branches of her paternal house, to furnish, in the most honourable instance possible, an invaluable stay and prop for that cause, on account of which her parents and their children seemed, for a time, to have suffered the loss of all things.'

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Whether, then, we consider the succession of the House of Hanover, as the means of finally establishing our civil and religious constitution, which then only can be regarded as having attained a perfect triumph over every kind of opposition;or whether we view it as a most signal act of that retributive goodness which has promised, that every one who forsaketh house, or brethren, or lands, for his sake, shall receive manifold more even in this present life;'-I say, in whichsoever light we contemplate it, especially if we connect it with the series of previous events in England,—and, above all, compare it with the fate of the family from which the parent Princess had sprung,-but which, after being chastised to no purpose, was rejected, to make room for those who had suffered in so much nobler a cause, and with so much better effect,-what can we say, but with the Psalmist, 'that promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor yet from the south: but God is the judge; he putteth down one, and setteth up another. For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full mixed, and he poureth out of the same. But as for the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them. All the horns also of the wicked shall be cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.'

"Another less momentous, yet highly interesting instance of providential remuneration, connected with this great event, must not be passed over. shall be given in the words of a living and a near

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the care of such a preceptor as the Prelate to whom Miss More dedicated her work, and by whom it was most cordially approved.

The proficiency of Her Royal Highness, in her studies, soon placed her far above the common acquirements of merely fashionable females. Her pious and venerable tutor happily succeeded in forming her mind upon the judicious plan, advanced in the able work already quoted. The principles of the Christian religion were inculcated with exemplary attention; and with such assiduity was the important work of her education performed, that, it is said, the tuition, which began at six in the morning, generally continued, with short intermission, until the close of the day. The accomplishments of the Princess comprehended not only the poetry and classical writers of her own country, but a considerable acquaintance with ancient literature. No doubt can now exist of the truth of these facts, since they are confirmed by the authority of the late venerable Bishop of London; who, in a conversation which he states to have taken place at the Princess of Wales's house, at Black Heath, reports her not only to have been of the most inquisitive, but of the most intelligent mind. He adds, that he found her extremely well versed in all the branches of English Literature suited to her age, and that her progress in moral and Christian studies far exceeded his expectation. Whilst the more solid and serious pursuits of education were in the course of acquisition, the elegant and refined parts were not overlooked, nor neglected. Her Royal Highness was an excellent musician; she performed on the harp, the piano, and the guitar, with uncommon skill. Her voice was not powerful, but sweet, and scientifically modulated: she had a most excellent ear, and a brilliant execution. She spoke French, German, Italian, and 'Spanish, with considerable fluency; and the correctness of her ear enabled her

to catch the correct pronunciation of the words, and the inflexions of each language, with a precision which rarely falls to the lot of any individual who acquires the knowledge of a language in any other country than that to which it naturally belongs.

It is well known, that in all her studies, the Princess had a particular eye to that station to which she knew she was born. The pages of history were most carefully perused, and she extracted the great and virtuous deeds of every illustrious female who had signalized herself in the annals of civilized nations. With the private and public character of every Queen of England, she was intimately acquainted that of Elizabeth, as we have already remarked, appeared to be her favourite study; and she seemed to have analyzed it with an uncommon degree of acuteness. On being once asked how she would have acted in the case of Elizabeth and the Earl of Essex, she answered, "I should, perhaps, have acted like Elizabeth; I should have forgotten the Queen, and acted like the woman."

Whilst her studies were thus pursued, the most scrupulous attention was paid to her health; and a temporary residence by the sea-side was recommended, as likely to prove highly beneficial to her. The mansion at Bognor, belonging to Mr. Wilson, was taken for a certain number of years, and thither Her Royal Highness repaired with her establishment. She had not resided there above a fortnight, when some fears were expressed of the dangerous consequences which might result to Her Royal Highness from the vicinity of her mansion to the depôt for soldiers afflicted with the ophthalmia; and a commission was appointed to investigate the possibility of persons residing in the neighbourhood being afflicted with the disease. Not one case of that nature had ever occurred; and the physicians reported, that the contagion did not extend to persons who were not in immediate contact with the

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