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ANNUAL REGISTER,

OR

GENERAL REPOSITORY

OF

H I S T O R Y,

POLITICS,

ARTS, SCIENCES,

AND

LITERATUR.E;

For the Year 1823.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY B. J. HOLDSWORTH,

18, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

PUBLIC LIBRARY

152941

AS24.ENOX AND
WILDFA FOUN, ATICNS.

LONDON : PRINTED BY S. AND R. BENTLEY, DORSET STREET.

PRE FACE.

It is now nearly half a century since we first undertook our office of General Chroniclers : a period comprising events of greater interest to the world in general, and this country in particular, than any fifty years within the retrospect of History—more mighty convulsions of war-greater advances in Science—more violent struggles of good and evil more victories of Liberty-more improvements in the moral condition of mankind.

The past has been a year of peculiar interest, and one upon which the eye of the future historian will often fix. Despotism has shewn itself in its true colours, selfish, cruel, and irreclaimablein close alliance with Bigotry and Ignorance. A reviving spirit has gone abroad. Intelect: has arisen, which had long lain prostrate ; and events have proved, that where mea-are rasplved to be rationally free, no power on earth can bind then.

We have spared no pains to enrich our volume with whatever may be worthy of preserving. Some new periodical documents are added this year, in addition to those which have been inserted in former volumes.

May 18, 1824.

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