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ANNUAL REGISTER,

OR A VIEW OF THE

HISTORY,
POLITICS,

AJSTD

LITERATURE
For the YEAR 1755,

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LONDON:

Printed by T. Burton, No. 31, Little Qucen-ftreet,

for tlid Proprietors qj'Dodjlcy 's Annual Regi/Zcr;

*.OTBtDCE AND SON J R. FAULDER; J. CUTHELLJ OGILVY AND SOS j

R. Lea; J. Nunn; J. Walker; Lackington, Allen, And Co.
E. Jeffery; And Vernor And Hood.

1800.

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PREFACE,

THE most disting'*|ihe'o; rfeajS&A *>f thi devolution in France, the prolific » parent **)^<nanges and Innovations in other countrie5»-»«teray noticed in our volume for 1792, has been verified -by the events that have taken place from that to the present period. The revolutionary spirit of the French Republic, like a lighted torch, moved rapidly round, scarcely leaves room for the contemplation of its particular phases, in the different stages of its progress, and is seen as one circle of fire. - »

The constitution of 1795 contained, indeed, certain principles, which seemed to promise some degree of both strength and duration; and to be more favourable, than any of the preceding, to the interests of humanity, by guarding not less against the wildness of democracy than the chains of despotism. Subsequent changes, however, and particularly the late metamorphosis of the Republic into a dictatorial or military government, (which will of course be noticed in its proper place and time) stiew how little is to be expected from any forms, where simplicity of manners, and other requisites to the existence of a genuine Republic, are wanting.

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