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[112] any one doubt that the present Prince of Wales —whom even Punch once represented as following in the steps of his uncle, like Hamlet following the ghost, with ‘Go on! I'll follow thee’—will shift his position as hopelessly as did George the Fourth? ‘Which was the most splendid spectacle ever witnessed,’ asks Thackeray, ‘the opening feast of Prince George in London, or the resignation of Washington?’ After all, it seems, the most eminent of modern English literary men has to turn from a monarchy to a republic to find a splendid spectacle.

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