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OF KILNSEA CROSS,
THE WEST SIDE
2 Tom Crild die
Drawn on the spil
The East Side of kiln.se Cros.
fer p. 179
From JULY to DECEMBER, 1821.
(BEING THE FOURTEENTH OF A NEW SERIES.)
LONDON: Printed by JOHN NICHOLS and SON,
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JOHN HARRIS and SON (Successors to Mrs. NEWBERY),
and by PERTHES and BESSER, Hamburgh. 1821.
TO SYLVANUS URBAN, Gent.
ON COMPLETING HIS NINETY-FIRST VOLUME.
AS choicest flowers of variegated die,
Around the air their fragrant sweets supply,
But now what Plates superb attract the sight!
gorgeous Scenes the multitude invite !
Where the wide world of waters” fiercely roars,
That memorable hard-contested field,
And when arriv'd in Hanover's domain,
Now safe return'd to England's happy State,
THE most important feature of the present Volume is the Account of the Coronation of his Majesty George IV. This may be considered an interesting record to the future Historian. Every particular relative to that memorable occasion is circumstantially detailed. To render this document still more valuable, for future reference, several illustrative Embellishments have been introduced. This Volume will, therefore, we flatter ourselves, retain its value, when the Publication has passed the centenary of its existence. Our object has not been to promote temporary gratification alone-a system generally pursued by many ephemerals of the day—but to give perpetuity to the memorable annals of that grand and National Ceremony.
It is a singular coincidence that we should also record, in the same Volume, and even in the same Month, the final dissolution of an Indivi. dual who was once the most powerful Ruler in Europe. This is a subject worthy of reflection. It introduces to the consideration of the Historian the conduct and the actions of two of the most potent and determined Rivals that ever appeared on the face of Europe. From the few historical facts we may adduce, some opinion may be formed.
The most prejudiced minds cannot but admit the energy of those Councils, which, under the auspices of our present most gracious Sovereign, brought the desolating struggle of twenty-two years to so glorious a termination. If we only revert to the distance of ten years, what a contrast is presented. Napoleon then stood on the towering summit of his great
With the exception of England all Europe crouched at his feet ;Thrones and Empires trembled at his nod. The Russians and Prussians had been degraded by the treaty of Tilsit ; the Portuguese Court had emigrated to the Brazils; the Spanish Throne had been abdicated, and the Royal Family being enveigled into France, by the treachery of her Ruler, Joseph Buonaparte usurped the Sovereignty of the Realm. The Trade and Commerce of Great Britain with the Continent, at this period, were almost annihilated, owing to the odious decrees of Berlin and Milan.
The Attila of France, and the Scourge of Europe, was in the plenitude of his power. At this alarming crisis, 1811, his present most gracious Majesty was appointed Regent of the United Kingdom. The National hopes revived. The energy of his Councils afforded the most sanguine expectations. From this era may be dated the subversion of the Tyrant's throne. The French were shortly after defeated at Talavera, Albuera, and Barrossa. The victory of Salamanca soon followed. In 1812 the French were expelled from Moscow, and signally routed at Borodino, Bautzen, and Lutzen. The distinguished victories of Vittoria, Saragossa, St. Sebastian, Pampeluna, &c. under the illustrious Wellington, are within the recollection of all. After the important affairs of Leipsic and Dresden the fall of Napoleon was rapid indeed. He became a Captive; effected his escape, and was again subdued by British valour on the ever memorable field of Waterloo. Exiled from Europe, his days were terminated in solitude, with scarcely an individual to regret his miserable dissolution; whilst his powerful and persevering Rival ascended the Throne of his illustrious Ancestors, surrounded by the blessings of universal Peace, and the admiration of the whole World.
We express our grateful acknowledgments for the liberal support we continue to receive ; and return our sincerest thanks to the numerous Contributors who honour us with their kind assistance; and by whose talents our pages continue to be enriched.