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Printed for J. DODSLEY, in Pall-Mall, 1779.

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AVING now arrived at the conclufion of our
Twentieth Volume, we should have been dif-
pofed to have celebrated this year as a fort of jubilee,
and feafon of felf-congratulation, if the awful
afpect of the times had not forbidden every emotion
bordering upon levity, and afforded matter of the
moft ferious confideration and reflection to every
member of the community. No circumftance of
time, nor state of affairs, can, however, reprefs our
gratitude, or restrain our acknowledgements to the
Publick, for that continued favour, which, as it
has during fo many years, conftantly increased with
our labours, fo it has alone enabled us to encounter
the arduous task of appearing annually before them
in fo many fucceffive publications, upon each of
which, their former efteem, and future approba-
tion, were, of courfe, in fome degree hazarded.

H we

The importance and magnitude of our historical
business have unhappily rifen to nearly the highest
pitch at which they feem capable of arriving. We
relate events, in which every member of this wide
and divided empire is deeply interested; in which
many thousands are immediately and perfonally con-
cerned; and wherein its beft blood is too copioufly
fhed. The incidents are numberlefs, and the par-
ties concerned in every incident numerous. It is


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