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A NOTE ON THE TEXT - John Millar, An Historical View of the English Government 
An Historical View of the English Government, From the Settlement of the Saxons in Britain to the Revolution in 1688, in four volumes, edited by Mark Salber Philips and Dale R. Smith, introduction by Mark Salber Philips (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2006).
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- A Note On the Text
- Abbreviations Used In the Notes
- An Historical View of the English Government
- To the Right Honourable Charles James Fox. 1
- Book I: Of the English Government, From the Settlement of the Saxons In Britain to the Reign of William the Conqueror.
- Chapter I: Preliminary Account of the State of Britain Under the Dominion of the Romans.
- Chapter II: Character and Manners of the Saxons.
- Chapter III: Settlement of the Saxons In Britain.
- Chapter IV: Similarity In the Situation of the Anglo-saxons, and of the Other Barbarians Who Settled In the Provinces of the Western Empire.—how Far the State of All Those Nations Differed From That of Every Other People, Ancient Or Modern.
- Chapter V: The State of Property, and the Different Ranks and Orders of Men, Produced By the Settlement of the Saxons In Britain.
- Section I: Of the Chief Regulations Attending the Establishment of Christianity In the Roman Empire, and In the Modern Kingdoms of Europe.
- Section II: The Establishment of Christianity In Britain, Under the Roman Dominion, and In the Early Government of the Anglo-saxons.
- Chapter VI: Institution of Tythings, Hundreds, and Counties.
- Chapter VII: Of the Wittenagemote.
- Chapter VIII: State of the Sovereign In the Primitive Anglo-saxon Government.
- Chapter IX: Of the Principal Events From the Reign of Egbert to the Norman Conquest.
- Chapter X: Variations In the State of Tythings, Hundreds, and Shires. 1
- Chapter XI: Changes Produced In the Condition of the Vassals, and of the Peasants.
- Chapter XII: The Influence of These Changes Upon the Jurisdiction and Authority of the Feudal Lords.
- Chapter XIII: Of Ecclesiastical Courts.
- Chapter XIV: Alterations In the State of the Wittenagemote.
- Book II: Of the English Government From the Reign of William the Conqueror, to the Accession of the House of Stewart.
- Chapter I: The Norman Conquest.—progress of the Feudal System.—view of the Several Reigns Before That of Edward I.—THE Great Charter, and Charter of the Forest.
- Chapter II: In What Manner the Changes Produced In the Reign of William the Conqueror Affected the State of the National Council.
- Chapter III: Of the Ordinary Courts of Justice After the Norman Conquest.
- Chapter IV: Progress of Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Authority.
- Chapter V: General View of the Kingly Power, From the Reign of Edward I. To That of Henry VII.
- Chapter VI: History of the Parliament In the Same Period.
- Section I: The Introduction of the Representatives of Counties and Boroughs Into Parliament.
- Section II: The Division of Parliament Into Two Houses, and the Peculiar Privileges Acquired By Each House.
- Section III: Concerning the Manner of Electing the National Representatives, and the Forms of Procedure In Parliament.
- Chapter VII: Alterations In the State of the Ordinary Courts of Justice.
- Section I: Establishment of the Courts of Common Law, At Westminster.
- Section II: Of the Petty Jury—and the Grand Jury.
- Section III: Circumstances Which Prevented the Civil Law From Being So Much Incorporated In the System of English Jurisprudence, As In That of Other European Countries.
- Section IV: The Rise of the Court of Chancery.
- Chapter VIII: Of the Circumstances Which Promoted Commerce, Manufactures, and the Arts, In Modern Europe, and Particularly In England.
- Chapter IX: Of Henry the Seventh.—circumstances Which, In His Reign, Contributed to the Exaltation of the Crown.—review of the Government of This Period.
- Chapter X: Of Henry the Eighth.—the Reformation.—its Causes.—the Effects of It Upon the Influence of the Crown.
- Chapter XI: Of Edward the Sixth—mary—and Elizabeth.—general Review of the Government.—conclusion of the Period From the Norman Conquest to the Accession of the House of Stewart.
- Conclusion of the Period, From the Norman Conquest.
- Volume Iii
- Book I: Of the English Government, From the Accession of James the First, to the Reign of William the Third.
- Chapter I: Review of the Government of Scotland.
- Section I: Of the Government of Scotland, From the Time When Britain Was Abandoned By the Romans, to the Reign of Malcolm the Second.
- Section II: Of the Government of Scotland, From the Reign of Malcolm the Second, to the Union of Its Crown With That of England.
- Section III: Of the Government of Scotland, From the Union of the Scottish and English Crowns, to That of the Two Kingdoms.
- Chapter II: Changes In the Political State of England From the Accession of the House of Stuart—the Advancement of Commerce and Manufactures—institutions For National Defence—different Effect of These In Britain, and Upon the Neighbouring Continent.
- Chapter III: In What Manner the Political System Was Affected By the State of Religious Opinions.
- Chapter IV: Progress of the Disputes Between the King and Parliament, During the Reigns of James the First, and of Charles the First.
- Section I: The Reign of James the First; and That of Charles the First, From His Accession to the Meeting of the Long Parliament.
- Section II: Of the Reign of Charles the First, From the Meeting of the Long Parliament to the Commencement of the Civil War.
- Section III: Of the Reign of Charles the First, From the Commencement of the Civil War to His Death.
- Chapter V: Of Oliver Cromwell, and the Protectorate.
- Chapter VI: Of the Reigns of Charles the Second, and James the Second.
- Chapter VII: Of the Revolution-settlement; and the Reign of William and Mary.
- Book II: Of the English Government From the Reign of William the Third to the Present Time.
- Chapter I: Review of the Government of Ireland.
- Chapter II: Political Consequences of the Revolution—subsequent Changes In the State of the Nation—influence of the Crown.
- Chapter III: The Advancement of Manufactures, Commerce, and the Arts, Since the Reign of William III.; And the Tendency of This Advancement to Diffuse a Spirit of Liberty and Independence.
- Chapter IV: How Far the Advancement of Commerce and Manufactures Has Contributed to the Extension and Diffusion of Knowledge and Literature.
- Chapter V: The Separation of the Different Branches of Knowledge; and the Division of the Liberal Arts and of the Sciences.
- Chapter VI: The Effects of Commerce and Manufactures, and of Opulence and Civilization, Upon the Morals of a People.
- Section I: Of Courage and Fortitude.
- Section II: Of Sobriety and Temperance.
- Section III: Of Justice and Generosity.
- Chapter VII: The Progress of Science Relative to Law and Government.
- Chapter VIII: The Gradual Advancement of the Fine Arts—their Influence Upon Government.
- Section I: Of Poetry; Or Those Compositions Which Are Primarily Calculated For Mere Entertainment.
- Part I: Of Epic Poetry; Or What Is Related By the Poet In His Own Person.
- Part II: Of Dramatic Poetry.
- Appendix 1: Authorities Cited In the Text and In Millar’s Notes
- Appendix 2: Main Historiographical Sources For Millar’s Narrative to 1688
A NOTE ON THE TEXT
Given its length and its subject matter, An Historical View might seem a difficult work to introduce to a wider modern readership, but John Millar’s strengths as a historian reside less in the detail of his researches than in the clarity, scope, and intelligence of his ideas. For the student who is relatively unfamiliar with the details of British history, we have identified names, places, and events that might otherwise be obscure, thereby making it easier to compare Millar’s account with modern ones, wherever such comparisons might be helpful. Like most of his contemporaries, Millar is vague in his citations—so much so that John Craig, his nephew and first editor, found it necessary to apologize for his scholarly minimalism. We have attempted to remedy some of these deficiencies by identifying the more important and specific references. Our own additions to Millar’s notes are enclosed in double square brackets, since Millar has used single square brackets for his own insertions. Further, we have provided a list of works mentioned by Millar (appendix 1) as well as a brief description of his principal sources (appendix 2). Note, however, that Millar’s citations often do not indicate the edition used. From time to time, the notes refer readers to similar issues or ideas in Millar’s earlier work, The Origin of the Distinction of Ranks, or in the works of Lord Kames, Adam Smith, David Hume, and Adam Ferguson, his chief mentors and peers in historical study. But in keeping with the general editorial policy of this series, we have avoided the temptation of didactic footnotes, leaving it to the introduction to provide a brief general background to Millar’s work and intellectual career. In the new introduction, references to An Historical View are given using Liberty Fund page numbers. Typographical errors in the text have been silently corrected.