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OR GENERAL REPOSITORY OF
A N D
For the YEAR 1796.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
The HISTORY of KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, and TASTE,
in G EAT BRITAIN, during the Commonwealth, and the Usurpation of CROMWELL.
L O N D ON,
Printed for G. G. and J. ROBINSON Pater-nofter-Row.
P R E F A C E.
As no alteration has taken place in the conduct of the New Annual Register ; and as the little cavils which have been raised against it by interested persons, have been completely silenced by time and experience, which have sanctioned our opinions, there is little to be said in presenting to our readers a new volume.
Our Domestic History will be found to be chiefly occupied, this year, by the very interesting debates of parliament on the celebrated bills which produced so material an alteration in our system of law concerning treason and sedition,-on the conduct of the war,-and on the finances of the nation. In this department of the work, we have pursued our usual mode, that of bringing together all the debates on every particular topic, în order to present to the reader the most complete and satisfactory view of the arguments on every subject.
The lightest inspection of our Foreign History will convince our readers that it is not compiled from newspapers, or from any common sources of intelligence. It will, therefore, in many respects, be found to differ from the accounts now generally received. We can, however, assure the public, that it is not the less genuine and authentic for that; and we can further assure them, that we have never presumed to differ from the common and official accounts, but where our information proceeded from so superior an authority as to leave not a doubt but that it was right. Some explanation will also be found in this volume, of certain political trans.actions, which have appeared in a mysterious light to most persons ; but these affairs will be still more amply clocidated in our next volume.
On the literary parts of this volume, the usual ats tention has been bestowed; and we trust they will not be found inferior to our former endeavours in these des partments.
CON TEN T S.