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Hon. Member of the Société Française de Statistique l'nirerselle,"

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CALIFORNIA

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

MDCCCXXXIX.

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has been graciously pleased to sanction this first attempt to place in the hands of all Your Majesty's Subjects, a Digest of the Records which relate to the Parliamentary and Constitutional History of our Country, calls forth my warmest acknowledgments.

At a Period, when, under the blessings of a continued peace, Knowledge is diffusing itself amongst all Classes of the Community, and when, by British energy and intelligence, the Sciences and Arts are making unexampled progress, it has been regretted that this important branch of our Historical Literature should have received little attention,

and that the means of attaining authentic Constitutional

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