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FROM THE DEATH OF THE PRINCE CONSORT TO THE GENEVA CONVENTION,

With mumerous Engravings.

CASSELL, PETTER & GALPIN:

LONDON, PARIS & NEW YORK.

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it Balmoral—Felicity of the Royal

rgh—The Court returned to Windsor

of India—Illness of the Prince Consort

mind—Profound grief of the Nation—

—The Funeral—Deep sense of the loss

of the Queen to Parliament—Tributes to

iming grief of the Queen— Addrass from

ince Consort to the cause of social progress

interest in the working classes—The' Prince

-Encouragement of agricultural improvements—

. enues of the Duchy of Cornwall—Last Report of

the Prince Consort was President—General view of

ilis personal appearance—His talents and tempera

i,h, and strong sense of duty, candour, and tolerance—

y with earnest workers—His abhorrenco of flattery, vice,

. anxiety to attain perfection in everything—The freshness

ympathy with the young—Felicity of the Prince's marriage

ue Queen—Her Majesty's devotion to his memory—Notice of

^1—in the earlier months of which the Queen had been

tain a severe affliction through the death of her mother,

ess of Kent—was destined not to close witheut bringing

jesty face to face with a still mure terrible bereavement.

and prosperous for a time. In the summer,

belaud, the third since she ascended the

In B|pnS *ne eastern coast, calling

^.st. In IS'i:!, she visited the

^Krince Consort, the Prince of

s, and l Tl Prince of Wales had been

'uties of a regimental officer

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confederation into a powerful Protestant empire; while France, crushed and conquered in a brief war, has been compelled to surrender two fair provinces to Germany. Perhaps no period of ten years in the history of Kurope ever wituessed more memorable events, more extraordinary and unexpected vicissitudes. These things, in spite of our neutrality, cannot but be deeply interesting to Englishmen, and the reader will accordingly find the great wars, revolutions, and negotiations of America and the Continent described at some length in the following pages.

The differences between Great Britain and the United States arising out of the depredations of the Alabama, and other cruisers of her class—the negotiations which succeeded in adjusting these differences by a treaty referring them to international arbitration—and the proceedings of the Tribunal of Arbitration appointed under that treaty, will be found narrated, in their proper sequence and connection, in the forty-fifth and forty-sixth chapters.

A narrative of the progress of English Art during the last twenty years will be found in Chapter XLI.

Her Majesty Queen Victoria still reigns, as she reigned when the lust preceding Volume of this History appeared, over a loyal and united people. After the great and crushing sorrow of her life, it has pleased Providence to send her no scanty share of these alleviations which help us to bear mortal ills with resignation; she has seen, since the death of the Prince Consort, most of her children happily and henourably married; death has made no more encroachments on the family circle; and the young life of blooming grandehildren has come to lead her theughts towards the joys and interests of a new generation. That a similar immunity from great afflictions may attend Her Majesty during the next decennial jieriod of English history, must be the sincere prayer of all her subjects. •

That a due proportion has invariably been observed in the narration of events so near to us, or that amidst the embarrassing abundance of materials, nothing has been omitted which ought to have been noticed, nothing related which ought to have been omitted, it would perhaps be hazardous to assert. It is heped, hewever, that the moving picture of English and European life, from 1861 to 1872, has, on the whele, been transferred to these pages with fidelity and impartiality; and in this hepe the Ninth Volume of Cassell's Illustrated History Of England is confidently commended to the indulgent judgment of the public.

The Portrait of H.R.H. the Princess of Wales (see Frontitpiece) is copied, by permission, from it phetograph

bv Messrs. W. and D. Downov.

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