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An Index to the New ANNUAL REGISTER, from its commencement in 1780 10
the year 1820 inclusive. - This Index will be drawn up and arranged on such a Plan, as will afford an easy, complete and accurate reference to the almost in. finite variety of valuable matter, connected with the History, Politics, and Literature of Great Britain, and of Europe in general, which is contained in the New Annual Register.
As the literary portion of the New Annual Register is executed this year on a new and a more comprehensive plan than it has hitherto been, and as that plan will be pursued in the subsequent volumes, it may be proper to point out its nature and object before we proceed to a general view of the political and historical contents of the present volume.
From the commencement of the New Annual Register, a view of the literature of the year has always accompanied a view of its history and politics : but there are other subjects of interest and importance, which regularly present something novel, and enter into the character (if the expression may be allowed) of the age; and as an Annual Register ought to notice every thing that serves to form and complete that character, the consideration of these subjects ought to constitute a regular part of its contents.
We allude chiefly to the Fine Arts and the Drama :
to these therefore we have directed our attention in the present volume, and shall continue to do so in the subsequent volumes. Besides these two grand topics, there are others of less magnitude and importance, of a miscellaneous nature, which, as indicating or forming the character of the age, or marking the peculiarities or the distinguishing feațures of the year, very fairly claim some notice in . an Annual Register. In the constant progress of the Arts and Sciences there are applications of them to the domestic or common uses of life, which are of
great and general utility : these we have noticed, and mean to notice. The opinions, political and literary, of the age are formed or changed by no publications so much as by periodical works, especially Newspapers and Reviews. These also, therefore, it falls within our new plan to notice. In short, there will be constantly occurring topics to vary and increase the interest and utility of this portion of the New Annual Register, to which we shall not fail to attend.
In the volume for 1820, however, the extreme length and importance of the proceedings against the queen has unavoidably prevented us from allotting such a number of pages to the new subjects we have introduced, as we should otherwise have done, and shall in future do. These proceedingsthe