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OR A VIEW OF THE
H I STORY,
L I T E R A T U R E,
For the YEAR 1764.
THE FIFTH EDITION.
LONDON: PRINTED (by Assignment of the Executors of the late Mr. James Dodsley) FOR W. OTRIDGE AND SON, R. FAULDER, CUTHELL AND MARTIN, OGILVY AND SON, R. LEA, J. NUNN, J. WALKER, LACKINGTON, ALLEN, AND CO. E. JEFFERY,
AND VERNOR AND HOOD.
IT may be proper to acquaint the reader,
that the present situation of affairs has not hitherto obliged us to make any change in the plan of our work. We have endeavoured to procure as many and as various materials as was consistent with our desire of keeping our collection chaste, and of preserving the order and method which the public indulgence had formerly approved.
If the materials for the foreign history have, through the felicity of the times, been lefs abundant than in former years, our domestic dissentions have supplied the place of those foreign events, and displayed a scene almost as animated, but much less hurtful
to humanity. These. jars, such is the exi cellent temperament of our constitution,
have done, and will, probably, do very little mischief. Without materially checking the necessary operations of government, they prevent the minds of men from stagnating in a state so full of profperity as our present ; and keep alive the spirit of liberty, at a time when the real and undisturbed enjoyment of that invaluable blessing might, perhaps, without this fpur, abate something of that jealous and anxious zeal for its preservation, which, when once extinguished, is not so easily kindled. There are times, when the spirit of liberty must owe something to the fpirit of faction