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87. However, it answered its purpose for the
time; the rage of the people from one end of
England to the other, was excited against the
Whig ministry; and in this state of things, on
the 27th of April, 1807, the parliament was
dissolved. It was done by commission, in a
speech which contained the following passage :
“ We are further commanded to state to you,

“ that his majesty is anxious to recur to the l'hies

sense of his people, while the events which have theo

recently taken place are yet fresh in their re“collection. His majesty feels, that in resorting

to this measure, under the present circum

stances, he at once demonstrates, in the most unequivocal manner, his own conscientious persuasion of the rectitude of those motives upon

which he has, acted ; and affords to his people the best opportunity of testifying their “ determination to support him in every exercise “ of the prerogatives of his crown, which is con“ formable to the sacred obligations under which

they are held, and conducive to the welfare of “ his kingdom, and to the security of the con“stitution. His majesty directs us to express “ his entire conviction that, after so long a

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or his Roman Catholic subjects, they, in cominou
" with every other class of his people, must feel
56 assured of his attachment to the principles of
“ a just and enlightened toleration; and of his
" anxious desire to protect equally, and promote
“ impartially, the happiness of all descriptions
5 of his subjects.”

88. Away went the delusion all over the
country! The ministerial members got turned
out of their seats, as a set of delinquent ser-
vants are driven out of their places. Many of
them did not dare to show their faces in the
boroughs and counties where they before had
been elected; and, in short, as Mr. WINDHAM
told Perceval in the House of Commons, the
new ministry sent the majority of the parliament
back to the people to be torn to pieces. And all
this on a pretext as false as perjury itself! There
were the people putting up prayers for the pro-
longation of the life of the “good old king,” as
their sole protector against the horrors of popery,
and exclaiming against those ministers who had
wanted to force him to break his coronation oath,
when he had actually consented to the measure
after all its details had been explained to him ;
and he had had no objection to it, and no
thought of changing the ministry, till the princess
threatened him with the publication of the BOOK!

99. These transactions, however, disgraceful

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the house approve of it; they saw the same ministers mithdraw the bill without a word from the house against this step; they heard the ministers

declare that they held it to be their duty to have Mar the king's previous consent to every bill that sino they brought in; they heard them declare that

the bill had been withdrawn because the king had changed his mind relative to it; they saw one parliament dissolved, at four years old, to

suit one ministry; they saw another dissolved at Andê four months, to suit another ministry. They

could not see all this without great disgust being

excited in their minds with regard to the factions he pa

and the house also. Great disgust was excited and from the period of these striking transactions the factions date their fall. From this time the main body of the people began to see that there was no difference in the factions; that both sought the public money; that all their professions and promises were false; and that, of every quarrel between them, the people became the only sufferers. So that from this affair of the poor ill-treated princess, arose this great good to

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the nation, that it, never since that time, has been the sport of any faction ; but, as we shall see in the sequel, this was only a small part of the good which ought to endear her memory to the people of England.

90. But, alas ! while she was laying the foundation of the ruin of the factions, and of the -- monopoly of the aristocracy, she was, in consequence of the bad advice under which she acted, laying the foundation of all those persecutions and calamities that finally overtook her. Her interest, her honour, her personal safety, demanded a publication of the BOOK ; and, as was stated before, the book, under the direction of PERCEVEL, was, at the time when she wrote her last latter, as before cited (par. 75), actually printed and bound up for publication. But the king having consented to turn out the ministry, PERCEVAL, who had lodged the books with a bookseller, to be ready for sale on the day appointed, took them all (or, as he thought all

) home to his country-house, and there burnt them, not leaving one in the possession of even the princess herself. He had now obtained what he wanted : he had made use of the princess for his own immediate elevation, and, as we have to see by and by, for the duration of his power over her husband as well as over her father-in-law; she had thus fully answered his ends, and that of his party; and she was now, therefore, left to

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her fate; left to drawl along a sort of half-disgraceful life, until fifteen years afterwards, that very party found an occasion for destroying her.

91. She had, indeed, apartments allotted her in Kensington Palace; she was received at court; but the king, her only friend, was daily growing older; he was stone blind; his mind had had a severe shock in 1804, which was the second of the kind that he had experienced; the courtiers of both factions were looking up to her husband; the people, generally speaking, thought her innocent; nobody pretended that the charges against her were not false; but, still, every one said, Why does she not publish the proofs of her innocence? And this very argument was urged as corroborative of the charges against her, in 1820; and that, too, by the very faction, whose advice had prevented her from publishing in 1807 ! Perceval and his co-operators, who wished to keep THE BOOK from the eyes of the world, in order to have it to hold up in the face of the husband in case of a Regency-question arising, prevailed, in an evil hour prevailed, on the princess to be silent on the subject of the book, persuading her, that her appearance at court and her residence in a palace would satisfy the people of her perfect innocence, and that whenever the prince came into power, either as king or regent, she would take her proper station as princessregent or queen, and that the circumstance of

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