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LONDON:

PRINTED by R. WILKS, No. 89, CHANCERY-LANE ;
FOR W. OTRIDGE AND SON; CLARKE AND SON; T. HURST; B. CROSBY ;

J. BELL; R. FAULDER; CUTHELL AND MARTIN; OGILVY
AND SON; R. LEA ; J. NUNN; J. WALKER; LACKINGTON,

ALLEN, AND CO. E. JEFFERY; VERNOR AND

WOOD; J, ASPERNE ; AND WYNNE

AND SCHOLEY.

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PRE FACE.

WE

E closed our labours for the last year, with the an. nouncement of peace, having been once more established throughout those wide-spread regions, whose fields had been stained with twelve years desolating warfare : whose ancient limits had given way to the innovating spirit of revolution : and whose inhabitants had been, during that period, successively exposed, either to the insolent ravages of the invader, or the no less exhausting friendship of the protecting power. At that period, peace, in the abstract, seemed so great a blessing to the nations of the earth, that we were little disposed to damp the enthusiastic joy, with which it was received by all ranks of people in this country; by too curiously canvassing its terms, or by these

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