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The writer of the Historical Part of the Edinburgh Annual Register is informed by the Publisher, that the Public may require some explanation why his volume so greatly exceeds that of the former year in extent, and why its publication has been so long delayed. The year of which the annals are here presented was fertile in important affairs both at heme and abroad, almost beyond any other of modern times; the contents of the volume will therefore account for the bulk, and the bulk for the lateness of its appearance. It is, hmcetxr, necessary to observe, tliat a work of this kind, if executed as it ought to be, cannot possibly be completed, even in ordinary years, much earlier than the present volumes. One year ought to elapse before the History of the preceding one is committed to the press; otherwise, if events were to be chronicled as fast as they occur, newspapers would be the sole 1 authority of the chronicler. There must be time allowed for the appearance of Parliamentary Papers, for obtaining documentsfrom abroad, and for the publication of works for which at are indebted to travellers and to military men, whose Memoirs are happily becoming every year more numerous, as the exertions of the country become greater in this inevitable Tol. ri. MKT x- a
and righteous contest. The annals of a less eventful year may be publishedfifteen months after its conclusion,—that is, as early as April; earlier, the present Writer could not perform what he has undertaken, in a manner consistent with the respect which he owes to the Public and to himself.
He has neither spared diligence in collecting materials for his task, nor industry in arranging them. For that portion, especially, which relates to the affairs of Spain, he has been favoured with ample and authentic documents from sources which (if it were proper) he shouldfeel himself honoured by acknowledging. Many circumstances are now for the first time brought before the English reader j some have never before been made public. A few subjects of importance, which the reader may perhaps expect to see treated in the History of 1809, are reserved for that of the following year: they might with equal propriety form part of either, and the arrangement was therefore merely a question of convenience. A General View of the Conduct of the Supreme Junta is one of these subjects; the Rise and Progress of the Guerilla System is another. This is mentioned, that the omission of these and other topics may not be imputed either to oversight or neglect*
July 27th, 1811.
S^ain. Pension granted to the Brother of Sir John Moore. Earl Temple'*
Lord S*dmouth.'s proposed Amendment of the Toleration Act. Its Impractica-