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settlement of whose - domestic affairs was the ostensible cause, of the loss to the British empire of the union of the greatest and most brilliant assemblage of talents, she had ever witnessed, united in one administration; required more than ordinary attention. To attempt to trace the causes of her present discontents to their true source, and point out the most probable means to remedy them, We hope we have exhibited in our chapter on that subject, which at least will have the merit (if no other can be found) of novelty to recommend it.

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Our colonial establishments, both in the East and West Indies, claimed a particular share of our attention, and which, to the utmost of our ability and extent of our information, we have bestowed upon those important sub jects; nor will there, generally speaking, be found any matter which our “ History of Europe” usually embraces, which we have not brought before our readers in their progressive and natural order, and with as much minutes ness as consisted with the nature of the work.

In our selections, we have been unusually attentive to what we conceived would be the taste and wish of our readers. Our “ Chronicle” we have endeavoured to make more than usually interesting by the extent and variety of matter. In our extracts from the best works of the year, we have been particularly anxious to dwell on those which relate to Egypt, that very extraordinary country, which has been, from the remotest antiquity, the subject

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fects and palpable tendency to the renewal of war. We have given, in the Parliamentary Debates, the reasonings at considerable length, of our most enlightened statesmen on those momentous subjects. We have traced with an impartial, and, we hope, unerring hand, the shades of difference which have arisen, between those great leading characters who have, since the commencement of their public career, acted together; but who have, under those extraordinary and unprecedented circumstancese which form the subject matter of the history of the present year, take up wiely differing lines of canduct ; and who have given new appellations and energies to policical combination. Above all, we have endeavoured to point out the danger which must arise to the interests, nay, the very existence of the British empire, from the unchecked and uncontrouled spirit of aggrandisement and ambition in the present ruler of France, and the utter impossibility there exists of our maintaining the usual relations of peace and amity, with his overweening and restless insolence.

On the subject of the French expedition to St. Domingo; on the affairs of Switzerland ; and on that of the complicated system of the German indemnities, we trust we shall have been found to have manifested no inconsiderable research and labour.

To Ireland our attention has been particularly directed. That country rising every day in political importance, the

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settlement of whose - domestic affairs was the ostensible cause, of the loss to the British empire of the union of the greatest and most brilliant assemblage of talents, she had ever witnessed, united in one administration; required more than ordinary attention. To attempt to trace the causes of her present discontents to their true source, and point out the most probable means "to remedy them, we hope we have exhibited in our chapter on that subject; which at least will have the merit (if no other can be found of novelty to i

Our colonial establishments, both in the East and West ladies, claimed a particular share of our attention, and which, to the utmost of our ability and extent of our information, we have bestowed upon those important suba? jects; nor will there, generally speaking, be found any matter which our “ History of Europe” usually embraces, which we have not brought before our readers in their progressive and natural order, and with as much minuteness as consisted with the nature of the work.

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In our selections, we have been unusually attentive to what we conceived would be the taste and wish of our readers. Our “ Chronicle” we have endeavoured to make more than usually interesting by the extent and variety of matter. In our extracts from the best works of the year, we have been particularly anxious to dwell on those which relate to Egypt, that very extraordinary country, which has been, from the remotest antiquity, the subject

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of research and inquiry, and which on a late memorable occasion, was the theatre of the gallant exploits of our brave countrymen, and that of the humiliation and total discomfiture of our implacable enemy, , .

In our Miscellaneous and Poetical Articles; some ori-, ginal unpublished pieces, of no ordinary, share of merit, are inserted.

We now dismiss our volume to the perusal and judg-, ment of our kind, we hope partial, friends, the public. That public whom we have faithfully served for four, and forty years; whose interests we have carefully guarded, and whose approbation and patronage has been the consstant object of our unceasing and unwearied solicitude :

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THE ANNUAL REGISTER,

For the YEAR 1802.

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Meeting of the Imperial Parliamento-meets at an earlier Period than

usual.- His Majesty's Speech from the Throne, announcing the Adjustment, by Convention, of the Differences with the Northern Powers of Europe - and of the Preliminaries of Peace being signed with France, &c.Addresses of Thanks moved in the Lords and Commons.-- Debates. - Address carried in both Houses.

THE signature of the prelimi- maintained its integrity and its ho

1 nary articles of peace, which nour, yet it had been deemed so took place on the 1st day of October, impossible to rescue the other states at London, was an event of such of Europe from the grasp of France, importance, that his majesty con thal peace was the universal wish Vened the parliament at an earlier of the nation. The insolence of period than the session has been several of the successive governfor many years accustomed to com- ments of France, their poverty mence. Although the British con- even, which from not possessing stitution had been preserved, and any thing to lose, naturally exthis country (alone), of all the cited them to try desperate mea. powers engaged with France, had sures for bettering their situation,

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