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HISTORICAL ESSAYS,

contRIBUTED To

THE EDINBURGH REVIEW.

By

THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY.
NEW EDITION.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

WOL. II.

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LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.
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THE SECOND VOLUME.

WILLIAM PITT, EARL of CHATHAM
SIR JAMES MACKINTOSH . *
LORD BACON -
SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE
GLADSTONE ON CHURCH AND STATE
LoRD CLIVE

WON RANKE

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CRITICAL AND HISTORICAL ESSAYS
CONTRIBUTED TO

THE EDINBURGH REWIEW.

WILLIAM PITT, EARL OF CHATHAM.
(JANUARY, 1834.)

A History of the Right Honourable William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, containing his Speeches in Parliament, a considerable Portion of his Correspondence when Secretary of State, upon French, Spanish, and American Affairs, never before published; and an Account of the principal Events and Persons of his Time, connected with his Life, Sentiments, and Administration. By the REv. FRANCIs THACKERAY, A. M. 2 vols. 4to. London: 1827.

THough several years have elapsed since the publication of this work, it is still, we believe, a new publication to most of our readers. Nor are we surprised at this. The book is large, and the style heavy. The information which Mr. Thackeray has obtained from the State Paper Office is new ; but much of it is very uninteresting. The rest of his narrative is very little better than Gifford's or Tomline's Life of the second Pitt, and tells us little or nothing that may not be found quite as well told in the Parliamentary History, the Annual Register, and other works equally common. Almost every mechanical employment, it is said, has a tendency to injure some one or other of the WOL. II. B

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