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OR A VIEW OF THE
H IS TO RY,
For the YEAR 1800,
Printed by T. Burton, No. 31, Little Queen.treet,
£. JEFFERY; AND VERNOR AND HOOD.'
PRE FAC E.
FROM a series of incidents, to which mortality is at all times liable, and all men must sometime encounter, the Annual Register had fallen more and more back in the time of publication. It was not an easy matter to remedy this defect, and to overtake time, in such eventful years as the last decade of the Eighteenth Century; amidst multiplied political intrigues, internal convulfions, and wars so wide in their extent, and complicated in their operation. This, however, has now been completely accomplished. We close the century, without being one volume in arrears; we conclude the volume for 1800, without leaving any event to be recorded in the next, that could, with any degree of propriety, be introduced and related in the present volume : so that, at the commencement of the century on which we have just entered, we set out, in our historical inquiries and narratives, without any encumbrance.
We congratulate our readers on that great, though somewhat unexpected, event, which so auspiciously marks the commencement of the present æra.* Thc Temple of Janus is fhut; it is not unreasonable to hope that it will be long before it be again opened. A dreadful but salutary experiment, in the course of the
* For a summary review and character of the Eighteenth Century, and more especially at its close, see the conclusion of the History of EuTope, in this volume,