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ANNUAL REGISTER,

OR GENERAL REPOSITORY OF

HIST OR Y,

POLITICS,

AND

LITERATURE,

For the Year 1798.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,

The HISTORY Of KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, And TASTE,

In GREAT BRITAIN, dur,ng The Reign Of

KING CHARLES Ii.~part II.

Sonbon:

Reprinted For JOHN STOCKDALE, Piccadilly.
1809.

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PRIFAO E.

UR 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 ourreaders 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; thjey 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.

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\ye, therefore, produced such a sketch of the latter transactions of the year as we were able tq digest from the materials that came, under our inspection. In the narrative now published, under the form of a retrospect, some errors- will be found to be corrected, and a fuller light thrown upon 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 be the less agreeable tp such of our contemporaries as wish to know the truth.

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