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Or GENERAL REPOSITORY Of
LITERATURE, For the YEAR 1786.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
The HISTORY of KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, and TASTE, in Great Britain, during the Reign of Hejjrt the Seventh, from the Year 1485 to 1509.
Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson, Pater-noster-Row.
TH E farther we proceed in our undertaking, the less occasion there is either to enlarge on its nature, Or on the manner in which it is conducted. In both these respects we have had the satisfaction of receiving the approbation of the Public j and we trust, that a similar approbation will attend the present volume. Not to mention that it hath been prepared for the press with a care equal to what has formerly been displayed, we shall beg leave to observe, that one or two parts which, in the last year, were perhaps rather too excrescent, are now reduced to their due compass and proportion: at the fame time, it is hoped, that no department of the work will be found defective.
A season of general peace doth not exhibit such striking scenes as when the world is involved in the tumults and devastations of war. But it affords matters equally momentous, and which arc more delightful to philosophic minds, and the friends of humanity. The Parliamentary History of Great Britain and Ireland, which comprehends such a variety of political, civil, and commercial concerns, must ever be a very important object: and Europe* jn its most tranquil state, will always be productive of events that give scope to speculation. It is devoutly to be wished, that the
A 2 nai nations of the earth could continue to be united in the bonds of peace; but such a happy situation of things is rather to be desired than expected. There is a ferment in the minds of men which seems to prognosticate fresh disturbances, and which perhaps may end in great revolutions. It is not our business to prophesy; but we cannot avoid expressing our apprehensions, that the commotions in Holland will not blow over so lightly as some politicians are ready to imagine.
The Literary Part of our work will explain tlie State of Knowledge, Science and Taste in the year 1786; and it is a pleasure to sind that, amidst a number of insignificant publications, there are so many which can be spoken of with applause. Those who depreciate the learning of the present times, are not acquainted with the subject. In the department of Domestic Literature, ,we have fresh obligations to the gentleman who hath voluntarily communicated to us the articles that relate to Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, and Medicine.
On the whole, we present the Seventh Volume of the New Annual Register to our readers, with the agreeable hope, that they will derive from it both instruction and entertainment. Such a hope hath always animated our endeavours, and it will continue to invigorate our future exertions.
*T~'HE History of Knowledge, Learning, and Taste in Great Britain,
during the Reign of Henry the Seventh. Front the Year 74851 to the
Tear 1509. _— Page 1
his Majesty's Speech to hoth Houses of Parliament, on Tuesday, Jan. 74,