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THE

ANNUAL REGISTER,

OR A VIEW OF THE HIS TO RY, . POLITICS,

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LONDON: .

Printed by G. Woodfall, Paternoster-Row, ...
For W. OTRIDGE & son; R. FAULDER ; L. CUTHELL; OGILVY & SON;
B. LEA ; J. NUNN; J. WALKER ; LACKINGTON, ALLEN, & co.

. JEFFERY; AND VERNOR & HOOD.

1809.

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\\7"E are this'year under a necessity, of *• * particularly claiming that indulgence' which we have so long experienced'From the Public. It may probably be thought that a bare' apology is far from being sufficient,'and that some reasonable cause should* at least be assigned, for the lateness of our' present publication.' This Would certainly be a duty incumbent on us, and with which "We should readily- comply, if we' could suppose, that a detail os'thef private and' particular circumstances, or the unforeseen and unavoidable accidents, which contributed to this delay, could be in any degree interesting or entertaining to our Readers; and if we did not apprehend that such a recital would rather appear a presumption, and argue a degree of selfimportance which we are incapable of entertaining: It might be alledged in our defence, and with a considerable degree os

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justice, that the very imperfect accounts which have been published of foreign tranactions of great importance, delayed, in hopes of being able to acquire better information, our entering upon 4. fubject which could not be treated with any degree of precision, from the continued con, tradictions in matters of fact, which att tended every part of it. In this, however, as in every thing else, we rather chuse to, rely upon the indulgence, than pretend to appeal to the candour, of our readers. K;

trariis The only effectual acknowledgment in our power to make; we have already adopted, by taking such measures as will prevent, for the future, so well-founded a complaint from being laid against use Whatever charges of inability, may with, justice be brought against the compilers of this work, that censurę, which of all others they would most dread, is that only, which they are incapable of incurring, an ina attention to the duties they owe, or a. forgetfulness of the great obligations they are under to the Public.

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