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    Ch. 36 - Conclusion

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    I HAVE now arrived at the close of my little history. The events
    which succeeded the famous Revolution of one thousand six hundred
    and eighty-eight, would neither be easily related nor easily
    understood in such a book as this.

    William and Mary reigned together, five years. After the death of
    his good wife, William occupied the throne, alone, for seven years
    longer. During his reign, on the sixteenth of September, one
    thousand seven hundred and one, the poor weak creature who had once
    been James the Second of England, died in France. In the meantime
    he had done his utmost (which was not much) to cause William to be
    assassinated, and to regain his lost dominions. James's son was
    declared, by the French King, the rightful King of England; and was
    called in France THE CHEVALIER SAINT GEORGE, and in England THE
    PRETENDER. Some infatuated people in England, and particularly in
    Scotland, took up the Pretender's cause from time to time - as if
    the country had not had Stuarts enough! - and many lives were
    sacrificed, and much misery was occasioned. King William died on
    Sunday, the seventh of March, one thousand seven hundred and two,
    of the consequences of an accident occasioned by his horse
    stumbling with him. He was always a brave, patriotic Prince, and a
    man of remarkable abilities. His manner was cold, and he made but
    few friends; but he had truly loved his queen. When he was dead, a
    lock of her hair, in a ring, was found tied with a black ribbon
    round his left arm.

    He was succeeded by the PRINCESS ANNE, a popular Queen, who reigned
    twelve years. In her reign, in the month of May, one thousand
    seven hundred and seven, the Union between England and Scotland was
    effected, and the two countries were incorporated under the name of
    GREAT BRITAIN. Then, from the year one thousand seven hundred and
    fourteen to the year one thousand, eight hundred and thirty,
    reigned the four GEORGES.

    It was in the reign of George the Second, one thousand seven
    hundred and forty-five, that the Pretender did his last mischief,
    and made his last appearance. Being an old man by that time, he
    and the Jacobites - as his friends were called - put forward his
    son, CHARLES EDWARD, known as the young Chevalier. The Highlanders
    of Scotland, an extremely troublesome and wrong-headed race on the
    subject of the Stuarts, espoused his cause, and he joined them, and
    there was a Scottish rebellion to make him king, in which many
    gallant and devoted gentlemen lost their lives. It was a hard
    matter for Charles Edward to escape abroad again, with a high price
    on his head; but the Scottish people were extraordinarily faithful
    to him, and, after undergoing many romantic adventures, not unlike
    those of Charles the Second, he escaped to France. A number of
    charming stories and delightful songs arose out of the Jacobite
    feelings, and belong to the Jacobite times. Otherwise I think the
    Stuarts were a public nuisance altogether.

    It was in the reign of George the Third that England lost North
    America, by persisting in taxing her without her own consent. That
    immense country, made independent under WASHINGTON, and left to
    itself, became the United States; one of the greatest nations of
    the earth. In these times in which I write, it is honourably
    remarkable for protecting its subjects, wherever they may travel,
    with a dignity and a determination which is a model for England.
    Between you and me, England has rather lost ground in this respect
    since the days of Oliver Cromwell.

    The Union of Great Britain with Ireland - which had been getting on
    very ill by itself - took place in the reign of George the Third,
    on the second of July, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight.

    WILLIAM THE FOURTH succeeded George the Fourth, in the year one
    thousand eight hundred and thirty, and reigned seven years. QUEEN
    VICTORIA, his niece, the only child of the Duke of Kent, the fourth
    son of George the Third, came to the throne on the twentieth of
    June, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven. She was married
    to PRINCE ALBERT of Saxe Gotha on the tenth of February, one
    thousand eight hundred and forty. She is very good, and much
    beloved. So I end, like the crier, with

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