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In submitting to the Public the New ANNUAL Register for the Year 1804, Mr. STOCKDALE, the proprietor, feels it incumbent upon him to state the principles on which it is his intention that a work of so much importance shall in future
be conducted. At all times, it is the duty of the historian to record events with fidelity, and to state with impartiality the measures which are carried into execution, and, as far as they can be distinctly ascertained, the motives which led to their adoption. Not merely in compliance with the wishes of the proprietor, but in conformity to his own inclination, the editor of the Historical Department has endeavoured to preserve throughout the most temperate and unbiassed impartiality. It remains with the Public to decide, whether he has succeeded in the accomplishment of this design.
With respect to the promise made in the Preface
The proprietor also entertains a confident hope,