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ANNUAL REGISTER,

OR GENERAL REPOSITORY OF
HISTORY,
POLITICS,

AND
LI T E R A TU RE,

For the YEAR 1798.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,

The HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, and TASTE,
in Great BRITAIN, during the Reign of King CHARLES II. -
Part II.

LOND ON: *

Printed by S. HAMILTON, Falcon-Court, Fleet-Street ;
For G, G. AND J. ROBINSON, PATER-NOSTER-Row.

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PREF A C E

OUR readers will find in the present yolume, what they will doubtless consider as a novelty in this publi·cation, a retrospect of European politics for the year 1797.—The reasons for this arrangement will be fufé ficiently obvious. It is our duty, and our earnest defire, 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 fought in the cabinets of statesmen, and the port-folios 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 cafe last year, and yet we were unwilling wholly to disappoint the public. We, therefore, produced such a sketch of the latter transactions of the

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