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ANNUAL REGISTER,

OR GENERAL REPOSITORY OF

HISTORY,
POLITICS,

A N D

LITERATURE,

For the YEAR 1799..

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED

The HISTORY of KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, and TASTE,
in Great Britain, during the Reign of King CHARLES II.
Part Ill.

L O N D ON:

Printed for John STOCKDALE, Piccadilly.

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It is a trite remark, that the real causes and motives of political events are never known till a considerable period after they have happened; but it is a remark, of the truth of which, since the invention of printing, and since the sources of public information have been so wonderfully augmented, we might be permitted to entertain a doubt: nor is it easy to conceive, that, at a time when

every transaction of importance is committed to writing, and some medium or other (it might be imagined) would find its way to the press, a political secret should be kept even for a nionth.

Notwithstanding this, whoever has formed his opinions of political affairs from the informatio: contained in newspapers, and other periodical publications, will find, when he comes to peruse thi volume, that he rcads a history which is, in all is most essential parts, entirely new. lle has hcar of the names of statesmen and genera's, th

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