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THE

ANNUAL REGISTER,

OR A VIEW OF THE
HISTORY,
PO LITICS,

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LONDON:

Priated by T. Burton, No. 31, Little Queen-Street,
for the Proprietors of Dodfey's Annual Register,
W.OTRIDGE AND SON; R. FAULDER; J. CUTHELI.; OGILVY AND SON;
R. LEA; J. NONN; J. WALKER; LACKINGTON, ALLEN, AND CO. '

E. JEFFERY; AND VERNOR AND HOOD.

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PREFACE.

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T VEN in the history of the present war, so novel in

s both its origin and conduct, the year 1796 is particularly interesting to every subject of the British empire. The spirit of innovation, imported into this country, from France, became strong, rampant, and daring. The established order of affairs was loudly threatened. Outrage, in a quarter that ought to be held the most facred from violence, was actually begun : multitudes of men appeared ready to precipitate themselves into anarchy and rebellion,

In such circumstances, the British government deemed it necessary to take strong measures of prevention. On the conduct of administration the nation was divided, according as they were, more or less, forcibly struck

ith the dangers to be apprehended from popular encroachments on the one hand, or those of the cx cutive VOL. XXXVIII. A

government

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