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THE

ANNUAL REGISTER,

OR A VIEW OF THE

HISTOR Y,

POLITICS,

, AND

LITERATURE,

For the YEAR 1769.

The STXTH EDITION.

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P R E F A C E.

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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

justice,

justice, that the very imperfect accounts which have been published of foreign tranactibris of great importance, delayed, in hopes of being able to acquire better information,, our es^ering . upon. a. subjectwhierj could not be treated with any vd«gree of precision, fro.m th,c cqntjrx^ed, tors,,, tradictions. in matters,qfr fact, ^hich afr; tended every part of it. In thisr hqweverft as in every thing else,,we,. rather chufe^t?, rely upon the indulgence, thanrpretend:t^ appeal %q £he candour, of our readers,'; _,, r

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■, ^The only effectual acknowledgment ij%our power tp make, we have already _ adopted, by. taking such meafu^e^a^wUl; prevent, for the fttyre,. so weJt^fo^deq^a complaint from being laid against us*] "Whatever charges of inability, ma$ with, justice be brought against the compilers of; this work, that censure* which of all otherst_ they would most dread, is?that only, ^frjqtVr they are incapable' of incurring, ajj in^; attention to the duties they owe, or ^ forgetfulness of the great obligations they are under tQ the Public.

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