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THE year 1787 has not only been producive
very important events, but of some in which the terests of this nation were deeply concerned. Toe ! py revolution which has taken place in Holland, the storation of the Stadtholder to his rights, and the recoveryo: that republic to its ancient system of policy, by detachin it from the new connections it had formed with Franc., were matters in which Great Britain had not a greater share than animmediate politicalinterest, as well as a neighbourly and friendly concern; while the vigour and wisdom of her conduct in these transactions have effectually restored her to that high eminence among the nations of Europe from which she had sufferedno small derogation through the lossof her colonies and otherillcon sequences of the Americanwar.
But these objects, important as they are, cannot in any degree rank, with respect to magnitude and general confideration, with those new prospects which have been opening upon us through the course of the present year. A singular revolution seems to be taking place in the minds of men; and the spirit of liberty appears to be reviving with great energy, in countries where it had long been deenied nearly extinct. It has already produced tuch effects in France, and indicates others so much greater, as to render that country (through causes very different from those which drew'the attention of mankind upon it during the last two centuries) the grand theatre of political speculation. A similar spirit is dawning in other places; while our Belgic neighbours have afforded a notable instance that it never was totally extinct in them, by the struggle which they have manfully sustained against exuberant power, in the support of their ancient constitution, and the prefervation of their civil and political rights.
These three principal objects, the affairs of Holland, of France, and of the Low Countries, have engrossed our ulmost attention in treating the history of the present year: we have entered into the respective subjects with care and diligence, and trust the Public will not find themselves dif. appointed in the narrative of these affairs which we lay befure them. The momentous war which has broken out