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For the Year 17:58
Multum in Parvo.
FTER returning Thanks to the Publick in general, for their kind Acceptance of our Endeavours to please them, and to all thote of Taste, Penetration, or Judgment, for
the Preference they give to our Magazine, we must congratulate our Countrymen upon the more hopeful Prospect we now have of our national Affairs, both Abroad and at Home, than we had at the End of last Year.
In Europe our Enemies have been driven out of almost every Territory they had violently and unjustly taken Porsession of : The Campaign has favoured us with two Victories, the more glorious on our Side, as they were both obtained by such inferior Numbers of Troops, and if it did not end with two as signal Victories as the last did, it was owing to our Enemies being so conscious of the superior Bravery of our Troops and the Troops of our Allies, that they durst not face them in a fair and pitched Battle, even after being encouraged by a little Advantage which they had got by surprize.
The PREFACE, Ar Sea again, we have nothing that dares venture to oppose us ; and in America, by the Wisdom of our Miniiters, the Conduct of our Admirals and Generals, and the Intrepidity of our Soldiers and Seamen, we are now Masters of the Key to the principal French Settlement in that Part of the World ; therefore we have good Reason to hope, that before the End of next Year, we shall be able to destroy that Nest of French Vipers in Canada, whose constant Employment, in Peace as well as War, has been, to poison the Minds of the honest, but simple Indians, and ta excite them to murder and scalp as many of our People as they could master.
In most of our Undertakings this Year upon that Continent, we have met with Success; and it is to be hoped we Mall soon have authentick Advice of our having succeeded in all but one, where, if we met with a Repulse, we have the Comfort to think, that it was not owing to the Conduct or Bravery of the Enemy, but to their inaccessible In, trenchments.
How justly then may we now represent Britannia pleased with the History of this Year ? That she may have the fame, or fțill greater Pleasure in every succeeding, must be the Wish of every true Briton, and shall always be our most fervent Prayer,
EXPLANATION of the FRONTISPIECE,
IME turning a terrestrial Globe, and pointing to
who leans on his Shoạlder, writing the great EvenȚs that have happened. BRITANNIA appears on the other Side, well pleased with the Labours of HisTory. She is led by CONCORD, who points upwards to the Figure of Victory, intimating that BRITANNIA Khall be always successful.
thirst of revenge the empress queen enCONJECTURES on the present STATE of tertained againit the king of Prullia; and EUROPE.
the liberties of Europe were no longer S the affairs of Eu- thought of, when her private interest and rope are, perhaps, in vengeance were in view. The disputes the most critical fi- that kindled up a war between the English
tuation that ever yet A and French, about the limits of some terA was seen, and the ritories in America, furnished that golden
real views of the dif- opportunity, which all their wisdom could ferent powers not not have foreseen; they greedily embraced yet certainly known, it, and made shameful overtures to France,
it may not be amiss who, ever mindful of her own interest, to form such conjectures, as are autho- seized this fair occasion of accomplishing rized by the behaviour of the different B by craft, what force had been aiming at powers concerned in it.
for above a century; they closed in with The king of Prussia has proved, as the proposal, not with a view of destroyfar as the nature of such a transaction ing the Pruflian monarch, as the blinded could admit of proof, that the queen of queen of Hungary, and her partizans, vainly Hungary had long meditated the design imagined, but with a delign of playing of stripping him of that part of Silesia, them off against each other; that the which the formally ceded to him under C Germanick body, when weakened by their , the guarantee of Great-Britain ; but tho' intestine divisions, might fall an easy prey much fuperior to him in the number of to them. her forces, and in resources for recruiting In this light, it is presumed, the Rurand paying them, she was afraid of en- fian court now sees the affair ; for it is tering the lifts alone with him, and, under D hardly to be supposed, their general would specious pretences, engaged the elector of have ventured to withdraw his troops Saxony to abet her designs : The court without orders ; and his arraignment and of Russia was engaged, by large presents trial, can only be considered as a politick to her ministers, to assist in putting a stop farce to amuse those, whose fury would to the growing power of the Prussian mo- have carried them too great a length: parch; his ambition was represented to For whatever the people at Vienna may that court as unbounded ; an opportunity E think, the Russians are not so blind to was only wanting to fall upon him. But their own interest, as not to see that they this confederacy, great as it was, did not have less to fear from Prussia, alone and seem fufficient to insure success; the unafsifted, than' from France and Austria hereditary hatred that had fubfiited for in conjunction. They, no doubt, had good so many ages between the houses of information of the means France made Austria and Bourbon, gaye way to the
use of to induce the senate of Sweden January, 1758.