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J. HE year 1826 has been a busy year in almost every quarter of the world. The variety and the importance of the negotiations, military operations, and measures of civil polity, which have been in progress, have added greatly to the ordinary labours of our task; and thus, in order to give a full delineation of the events and transactions of the year, we have been compelled to extend that portion of our volume, which is devoted to historical narrative, beyond its usual limits. This increase of size in the more important part of the work has made it necessary to allot to philosophy and miscellaneous literature fewer pages than we have generally done heretofore, or mean to do hereafter.

They who survey the contents of our history will not be surprised, that our period of publication should be a few weeks later than usual. Fully aware of the value and convenience of punctuality, we have taken care for several years that the appearance of the Annual Register should not be deferred

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