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H I S T O R Y,
P O L IT I C S,

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L IT E R A T U R E,
For the YEAR 1807.

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T is an observation of Mr. Hume's, that History, being a collection of facts which are multiplying without end,

i is obliged to adopt, like most other Sciences, Arts of

Abridgment; to retain the more material events, and to drop ill the minute circumstances which are interesting only during the time, or to the persons engaged in the transactions. It is not pretended that our Annual Sketches of the occeeding years, which aim only at aiding the memory, by tracing such connections and relations, as may be pertrived in so short a time, after the events described, attain to the solidity, importance, and dignity, of just and legitimate history: for which they are only intended to supply matorials, and, in the mean time, in some measure to supply their place. But a tolerable execution of even our design, requires the aid of abridgment in proportion to the variety st scenes to be described, and events to be recorded. We had not lost sight of this maxim in the composition of the Histony of Europe, for 1807; which has however extended

to a length, for which perhaps we ought, at least to our most

*complished and refined readers, to make an apology.— Certainly if the scale of narration were to be in proportion to the multiplication of facts, History would totter under its own weight, and endless details would prevent attention to those general conclusions or results, that bestow on particular details their principal importance. Never perhaps, once the contest between religious tyranny, and religious herty, the sister and powerful ally of political freedom, in to: reign of the Emperor Charles V, was there so eventful a isis. France and Russia contended on the banks of the Vistula, for the empire of the political world; and this—we *itate to say whether it was settled, or only put in a train

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