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R. CATHOLIC MONTHLY MAGAZINE,
"SI QUIS CATHEDRÆ PETRI JUNGITUR MEUS EST,
London : PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY KEATING, BROWN AND KEATING,
38, Duke-street, Grosvenor-square, AND SOLD BY ALL OTHER BOOKSELLERS.
A History of the United Kingdom of Great-Britain, from the
earliest Ages to the Treaty of Amiens, in 1802, compiled from
po modern History of England has yet appeared on which the smallest reliance can be placed as to its account of facts or personages in which the honour and interests of Catholicity are concerned. Exaggerations, suppressions, artful misrépresentations, bold and insidious falsehoods, are the weapons but too uniformly and successfully employed to perpetuate a sort of justificatory basis and sanction for endless and inveterate prejudices, hereditary restrictions and punishments, forming collectively a formidable and fearful crusade against the feels ings and interests of the persecuted objects of them. Thus is the spirit of falsehood interwoven in those parts of our history in which it is of the most vital importance that the reader should be truly informed, lest he may be taught to despise or to hate the memory of those faets and personages whom he shonld hold in perpetual benediction, or shudder and shrink from principles which it is his first interest and duty to venerate, to love and to cherish, at the risk of all a cruel and seducing world can offer in exchange for thein.
It is certainly due to our Milners, Lingards, and Plowdens, to say, that there is no misrepresented personage or fact in British Catholic History that will not be found to be truly represented and successfully vindicated in their works ; but it is not from the accumulation of Catholic vindication in controversial works, or local history, that the British Catholic name can be fully restore ed in the historic page to its proper and native dignity ; the Catholic historical advocate must present to the searchers after historical truth an entire history of England, or of the United Kingdom, on a scale suited to the inagnitude and importance of the object. In the absence of so great a work, we are happy in presenting to the notice, especially of the parents and instructors of youth,
« The History of the United Kingdom," the production of a lady devoted by religious vows to the instruction of youth in the principles of useful knowledge and virtue ; and we are satisCathol. Vol. III.