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ANNUAL REGISTER,

OR GENERAL REPOSITORY OF

HISTORY,

POLITICS,

AND

LITERA TURE,

For the Year 1798.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,

TAE HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, AND TASTE,
IN GREAT BRITAIN, DURING THE REIGN OF

KING CHARLES II.---Part II.

London:

REPRINTED FOR JOHN STOCKDALE, PICCADILLY.

1809.

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Our readers will find in the present volume, what they will doubtless consider as a novelty in this publication, a retrospect of European politics for the year 1797.–The reasons for this arrangement will be sufficiently obvious. It is our duty, and our earnest desire, to furnish our readers with the most full and accurate information on every topic which regards the history of the present times; but the materials for such information as this are not to be collected from the public prints, nor from any common sources; they are to be sought in the cabinets of statesmen, and the portfolios of ministers. It is not always in our power to command the necessary documents in time to gratify the curiosity of our readers, nor within that period which we do not wish to exceed in bringing our annual volume before the public. This was precisely the case last year, and yet we were unwilling wholly to disappoint the public.

We,

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Ve, therefore, produced such a sketch of the
latter transactions of the year as we were able to
digest from the materials that came under our in.
spection. In the narrative now published, under
the form of a retrospect, some errors will be found
to be corrected, and a fuller light thrown upan
some of the most important events. We shall
probably be under the necessity of occasionally
adopting a similar plan during the continuance of
the present war. We are confident it will render
our work more valuable to posterity; nor can it
Þe the less agreeable to such of our contempora,
ries as wish to know the truth.

CONTENTS

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