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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE CHARLES JAMES FOX. 1 - 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
TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE CHARLES JAMES FOX.
I shall, perhaps, be thought guilty of presumption, in wishing to draw your attention to the following publication. The truth is, it appears to me scarcely possible for any man to write a constitutional history of England, without having Mr. Fox almost constantly in his thoughts.
In delineating the progress of the English government, I have endeavoured to avoid those fond preposses-<viii>sions which Englishmen are apt to entertain upon the subject, as well as the prejudices peculiar to the two great parties, which the nature of our limited monarchy has produced. How far I have succeeded in this, must be left to the judgment of the public. But, whatever indulgence may be shewn to this work, the ambition of its author will not be gratified; unless he can procure in some degree, the approbation of a mind superior to prejudice; equally capable of speculation, and of active exertion; no less conversant in elegant literature, than accustomed to animate the great scenes of national business; possessed of the penetration to discover the genuine principles of the constitution, and of the virtue to make them an invariable rule of conduct.<ix><x>
Impressed with the highest esteem for such a character, permit me to declare the satisfaction I feel from your steady perseverance in a system, which, by tending to secure the natural rights of mankind, has led to a reputation the most exalted, and the most grateful to a generous mind.
I have the honour to be,
Your most obedient
4th Dec. 1786.<xi>