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P R E F A C E.
In offering to the public the present volume of a work of such long established reputation as the Annual Register—and the former volumes of which have already assumed a place of no inconsiderable rank among the historical documents of our country-we cannot but feel an anxiety proportioned to the subjects, of which we have had to treat.
Already, in the close of our preceding volume, we had anticipated the renewal of the war, that great event which forms the leading feature of the period, whose transactions are here related ; and which will, in its influence, too probably pervade all the political relations of the country during a long course of succeeding years.
At a time, when the public press appeared almost exclusively devoted, to the object of prolonging the
delusive expectation of permanent tranquillity, we ventured to offer it as our opinion, that a Peace negociated in a tone of submission, and concluded on terms of manifest inferiority, with an ambitious and overbearing neighbour, was not likely to be of long continuance. Our opinion was grounded on the experience of all history, and on the very first axioms of political wisdom. We claim from it no merit of extraordinary foresight, but the higher merit, because it is more rare, of delivering, in opposition to the general wishes and prevailing prejudices of our country, a sincere and honest opinion, upon a point of the highest importance to the public welfare. The same spirit will, we trust, be found to obtain, throughout every part of the present publication; and will not cease to animate it, so long as the endeavours of those to whom its conduct is entrusted, shall continuc to prove acceptable to the public.
• In speaking of the transactions of the year, of which this volume treats, the task has indeed been less difficult, because no difference can be entertained by any candid and dispassionate man with respect to the character and principles of the public enemy; whose aggression constitutes, as we have already stated, the prominent feature of our present narrative: nor can any subject of the British empire, or any friend to the principles of liberty and justice, whatever be his country, avoid partaking in that sa- '