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“ANECDOTES OF THE ARISTOCRACY,” &c.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
SUCCESSORS TO HENRY COLBURN,
THE SECOND VOLUME.
VICISSITUDES OF GREAT FAMILIES.
As highest hilles with tempests be most touched,
It has been well observed that Fortune never appears in a more extravagant humour than when she reduces monarchs to mendicants, or debases the descendants of nobles into hewers of wood and drawers of water. In a former work we told of the decadence of many a royal line,-of the withering of many a proud stem; and instanced how one co-heir of our Plantagenet kings was, at the very