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Annals of Literature,
EXTENDED AND IMPROVED.
A SOCIETY OF GENTLEMEN. .
A NEW A R R A N G E M E N T.
PRINTED FOR A. HAMILTON, FALCON-COURT, FLEET-STREET.
For J A NU A RY, 1795
Memoirs of the Kings of Great Britain of the House of Brunswic
Lunenburg. By W. Belsham. 2 Vols. 810.
Boards. Dilly. 1793. IT gives us pleasure to meet again this amiable and well in
formed author in the track of history and politics, to which his talents seem well adapted. In proportion as history becomes more authentic and interesting, the talk of writing it becomes more difficult, and it requires a hand at once firmi and impartial to delineate characters and events fo recent, that the feelings concerning them mix with the prejudices of the times and the paflions of the moment. The abilities of Mr. Belfham appear, however, not inadequate to the undertaking. His manner of writing is temperate and manly, and he seems to have investigated the spirit of contending parties without being carried away by a blind enthufiafın for any one of them.
We do not clearly understand why these volumes are ternied Memoirs; a title from which we should understand either family anecdotes of the House of Brunswic, or particular irformation drawn from sources not generally acceslible, neither of which is the case. The work is in face a history of the two laft reigns, with this only difference, that it presents a fuller picture of the internal state of parties, and the struggles of parliamentary debate, than of foreign military transactions, and is particularly directed to unfold the views by which the politics of the present family have been directed.
The Introduction, which is here reprinted from a volume of Efsays published some time ago by the same author, gives a sketch of the politics of the reign of queen Anne, and a view of the critical conjuncture the nation was in at the moment of her death.–At the accession of the Hanoverian family, the Tories were immediately dismised; the perfecuted Difenters taken into favour, and a new system of politics adopted, flowing from new situations and the emergency of the times. The difference between the principles of the Whigs and Tories, between whom the nation was, our author thinks, pretty equally divided at this period, is here clearly and strongly mark'C. . N, AR. (XIII ) Jan. 1795.