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THE

ANNUAL REGISTER, ;

A

REVIEW OF PUBLIC EVENTS AT HOME

AND ABROAD

FOR THE YEAR

1863.

RET

NEW SERIES.

LONDON:

RIVINGTONS, WATERLOO PLACE;
LONGMAN AND CO.; HAMILTON AND CO.; SIMPKIN AND CO.;
HOULSTON AND WRIGHT; SMITH, ELDER, AND CO.; E. BUMPUS; J. WALLER;

L. BOOTH; BELL AND DALDY; WILLIS AND SOTHERAN;
BICKERS AND SON; W. HEATH; J. TOOVEY; J. WHELDON;

AND RIVINGTONS, OXFORD.

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PREFACE.

In this Volume the changes in the form and arrangement of the work, which were indicated in the Preface to the Volume for 1862, have been carried out, and it is confidently believed that a great improvement has been effected.

The English History is now a continuous narrative of the most important events of the past year, instead of being, as hitherto, only an abridgement of the Parliamentary Debates. The Volume contains a New Section, in which is given a résumé of the progress of Literature, Science, and Art in the preceding year. The inconvenient arrangement of double columns has been abandoned, and the pages are printed in the ordinary form of histories. Each volume will be in future an independent work, marked by the year to which it relates, but still forming, as heretofore, a part of a continuous Series.

The Proprietors think it is hardly necessary to enlarge upon the great value of such a publication as this, which embraces an account of all the principal events at home and abroad during the preceding year. It contains not merely a History of England and Foreign Countries, but a Chronicle of the most Remarkable

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