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THE ACCESSION OF HENRY VIII. TO THE PRESENT TIME.

A Rew Edition,

RE-ARRANGED, AND ENRICHED WITH SEVERAL

ADDITIONAL LIVES,

BY THE

REV. FRANCIS WRANGHAM, M.A. F.R.S.

OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

IN SIX VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

Triumph, my Britain! Thou hast those to show,
To whom all scenes of Europe homage owe. (Jonson.)
-Τις ξυσησεται και ;

(Æsch. Eml. ET Rn6. 431.)

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR J. MAWMAN, LUDGATE STREET ; AND FOR

BALDWIN, CRADOCK, AND JOY, PATERNOSTER ROW.

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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

THE MARQUIS OF LANSDOWNE, ,

&c. &c.

MY DEAR LORD,

1

WHEN I appeared, eight years ago, as the Editor of Langhorne's Translation of Plutarch's Lives, I readily found in our common friend Lord Milton, a patron not unworthy of the best subjects of the Chæronean Biographer. In selecting a name, upon the present occasion, to protect the Memoirs of those illustrious Sons of Britain, who have emulated the Worthies of Greece and Rome, I have experienced as little difficulty. For-without adverting more particularly to the splendid character of Sir William Petty, to whom the noblest society in the world is largely indebted for it's institution—whether I consider the high academical reputation of many of my Heroes, or the display of talent, of knowledge, and of patriotism, which marked their subsequent career in the senate of their country, I am incited by the strongest resemblances to fix upon that of Henry, Marquis of Lansdowne.

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