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OR A VIEW OF THE
A N D
THE FIFTH EDITION.
L O N D ON:
OGILVY AND SON ; R. LEA ; J. NUNN; J. WALKER ;
AND VERNOR AND HOOD ;
P R E FACE.
THE year of which we treat has been more
favourable to the general tranquillity than many preceding circumstances seemed to indicate. It has not, however, been destitute of interesting events. The dismemberment of Poland, the necessity of which produced a ratification of that act by the King and the Republic, and the precarious state of the remaining part of that unfortunate country, present a lesson to others, which might be studied with advantage. The favourable change which has taken place in the Ottoman affairs, and the insurrections which have happened in Russia, seem rather to increase the probability of
peace, than of a long continuance of the war. The final dissolution of the Jesuits would alone distinguish the present year; and as that
measure restores security to the territorial possessions of the court of Rome, it may
supposed to have a considerable effect in preserving the peace
of Italy. The entire cession of the Dutchy of Holstein to Denmark, whether considered with respect to its political value, or commercial consequences, is also a matter of public importance.
The great revolution which has taken place, in the state and constitution of the East-India, Company, has rendered our domestic affairs particularly interesting. Indeed, the natural importance of the subject seems to be increased, by the ability with which it was discussed, and the difference of sentiments and opinions it produced, among the most eminent persons in the nation.
We have endeavoured to state these and other matters in as clear a manner as our means of information would admit, and still hope for that indulgence to our imperfections, which the kindness of the public has rendered habitual to us.