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by the most cruel methods—equal in atrocity to any perpetrated by the French in La Vendee and Brittany.
The union of Great Britain and Ireland was effected in 1800, the parliament of the latter ceasing to exist.
Against the King's wishes, peace was made with France in 1802; but war was again begun the next year.
Then came the struggle with Napoleon Bonaparte, which lasted until the overthrow of that ruler at Waterloo, June, 1815.
In 1810 the King lost his youngest and favorite daughter, Amelia, by death.
His anxiety during her illness deprived him of reason.
He had been threatened with insanity once or twice before; now his mind was clouded forever.
The first indication of his malady appeared on the day of the completion of the fiftieth year of his reign, Oct. 25, 1810.
From that date his reign ceased in fact, and his son George, Prince of Wales, was made regent of the kingdom (Feb. 5, 1811). For nearly nine years the care of his person was intrusted to the faithful Queen.