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ing what may appear most particularly deserying of notice: we have from the same cause the advantage of order ; we are better able to rank the several kinds under their proper heads, at least with as much exa&tness as the nature of a miscellany will admit.
But besides this advantage derived from our general scheme, we derive something from our own labour. We have not in our first article confined ourselves to the history of the year ; we have taken the war from its commencement. It is a sụbject which requires all the pains which we could bestow upon it, and deseryes much more skilful workmen. None was ever more formed to interest curiosity; from the importance of the events, the dignity of the persons concerned, the greatness of the actions performed, and the amazing reyolutions of fortune. The reader will find the events of this war, which has been carried on in the four quarters of the world, and which he has hitherto seen
in a scattered manner, united into one connected narrative, and continued to the end of the campaign of seventeen hundred and fifty-eight. To effect this from the broken and unconnected materials, has been a work of more labour than may at first appear; if we have performed what we intended in any sort to the reader's satisfaction, we may lay claim to some merit.
We have made an article of State Papers : they serve to illustrate and confirm the facts advanced in the historical part ; and our readers will not be displeased to see so many curious and important pieces together.
Endeavouring to be as extensively useful as possible, we aimed at uniting the plan of the Magazines with that of the Reviews: we have given abstracts of some of the best books published within the year, with remarks upon them: we have observed upon none which we could not praise; not that we
pretend to have observed on all that are praise-worthy : those that do not deserve to be well spoken of, do not deserve to be spoken of at all.
Though we think our plan tolerably well calculated for a literary amusement, we do not pretend that the Public will not have something to excuse, as well as to applaud. Our acquaintance with their sentiments in that respect, will increase our employment for the ensuing year, and excite us to amend the faults which we may have committed in this,
Origin of the troubles in North America. ' Admiral Boscawen and Generdi
Braddock sent thither. Operations intended. Two French men of war taken. Braddock defeated. General Johnson repulses the French. French threaten an invasion. Fort St. Philip besieged and taken. Treaty with Russia, the spirit of it. Alliance with the King of Prussia. Ground of the quarrel between her Imperial Majesty and that monarch. Treaty of Petersbourg. Treaty of Versailles. King of Prussia enters Saxony and Bohemia, Battle of Lowositz. Saxon army surrenders.
proposed no more than that back. It would be difficult perfectly each volume should contain a narra to understand the operations of the tive of those events which distin. several powers at war, during the guish its own year. But, because last year, without reviewing the we have entered upon our undertak, transactions of the preceding years ; ing in the heat of an almost general nor would it be easy to enter into and very important war, I thought the spirit of these, without examina it would not be unnecessary or dis. ing the causes which more nearly VOL. I.