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CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

WILLIAM THE THIRD.

Preliminary Remarks - League of Utrecht Formed by the
Netherlands in 1579- Character and Constitution of That

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League William of Nassau, First Prince of Orange,
Appointed Its Head, by the Title of Stadtholder - His
Character - His Assassination in 1584— His Son, Prince
Maurice, Succeeds to the Office of Stadtholder, and Is
Successful against the Spaniards - Dies, and Is Suc-
ceeded by His Younger Brother, Henry Frederick —
Acknowledgment by Spain of the Independence of the
United Provinces - Character of William the Second,
Fourth Stadtholder - Abolition of That Office- Prince
William Henry, Son of William the Second, Afterward
William the Third of England, Born in 1650 - Is
Nephew to Kings Charles the Second and James the
Second - His Early Studies - Sir William Temple's
Favourable Opinion of His Capacity - He Visits Eng-
land in His Twentieth Year, and Is Entertained by the
University of Oxford - Probable Motives of His Visit

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Entertaining Anecdote - Charles the Second's Dis-
trust of William, and the Latter's Politic Conduct while
in England League between France and England
against the States of Holland

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