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LONDON:
Printed for the Proprietors of Dodsley's Annual Regifter,
W. OTRIDGE & SON; R, FAULDER; J. CUTHELL; OGILVY & SON:
R. LEA; J. NUNN; J. WALKER; LACKINGTON, ALLEN, & co.

E. JEFFERY; AND VERNOR & HOOD.

1799.

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PREFACE.

THE latest events have at all tiñes appeared the most im

portant. Present scenes seem more crowded than such as are past : and there are few periods, not imagined by the existing generation to be at least as worthy of a place in history as any that have preceded them.

With a full recollection of this partiality, we hesitate not to affirm, that the years 1791 and 1792 are of singular, and even of unprecedented interest and importance in the history of the world: no antecedent period, of equal duration, has prefented fo

great a number of extraordinary revolutions : the intercourses of mankind were more extended, and the means of their communication more generally diffused, as well as eagerly employed among all ranks of society, in all civilized nations. The changes that were produced by the prevail

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