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L I T E R A T U R E,
L O N D O N :
N the close of our last volume, we became apprehensive of a deficiency of materials towards furnishing an history of the succeeding years. The peace seemed to be so well settled, that one might imagine, there could be little room for political disputes amongst the several powers, and none at all for actual war and hostility. In reality, Europe may be said to be perfeótly quiet: but the extent of the commercial empire of Great Britain is such, and it engages her in such a vast variety of difficult conneétions, that it is almost impossible for any considerable length of time to pass over, without producing abundance of events of a very interesting nature; and we heartily wish we could flatter ourselves, that we should be found as equal to our materials of history, as we are likely to be well supplied with them. The savage war, which has unfortunately broke out in America since the conclusion of the general peace, has been fruitful of events; and it is not yet ended. Since then, troubles of great consequence have likewise arisen in the East Indies, which threaten to afford us Vol. VI. [B] but
A3 to our deries:c disserticrs, we have flared as airly as we could slie Ecints in cente: between parties. Little Beited curselves, we have not endeavoured to iniume cohers. We have carefully adoered to that neutrility, which, however blameable in an advocate, is necessary in an historian, and without which he will not represent an image cf
We have wholly omitted in the Historical part the legal disputes which arose on the prosecution of the authors and publishers of the North Briton. The reader will easily see, that these matters did not properly come within the design of that part of our work; but we have taken care to insert the best account, which has appeared, of that whole ransashion, at the end of the Chronicle.