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my mind, it must have a certain and decided influence in and upon this kingdom. This is my account of my conduct to my private friends. I have already said all I wish to say, or nearly so, to the publick. I write this with pain, and with a heart full of grief.

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PREFACE

TO

THE ADDRESS OF M. BRISSOT

TO HIS

CONSTITUENTS.

TRAXSLATID SY

THE LATE WILLIAM BURKE, ESQ.

1794.

PREFACE,

&c. &c.

THE
THE French revolution has been the subject

of various speculations, and various histories. As might be expected, the royalists and the republicans have differed a good deal in their accounts of the principles of that revolution, of the springs which have set it in motion, and of the true charäcter of those who have been, or still are, the principal actors on that astonishing scene.

They who are inclined to think favourably of that event, will undoubtedly object to every state of facts which comes only from the authority of a royalíst. Thus much must be allowed by those who are the most firmly attached to the cause of religion, law, and order (for of such, and not of friends to despotism, the royal party is composed), that their very affection to this generous and manly cause, and their abhorrence of a revolution, not Yess fatal to liberty than to government, may posšibly lead them in some particulars to a more harsh représentation of the proceedings of their adversařiès, than would be allowed by the cold neutrality of an impartial judge. This sort of errour arises from a source highly laudable, but the exactness

of

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