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;, ! i ! Jatt THE purchasers of D. Hume's History, of England having been long desirous of a continuation; the proprietor of Dr. Smollett's History (being in possession of a copy with the author's last corrections) has been induced to reprint that work from the Revolution, where Hume's History ends, to the death of George II. in the year 1760.
To make this work more acceptable, the Sections, and other Divisions, are given in a manner correspondent with those observed by Hume; so that any gentleman possessed of the latter, may take
up his History at the Revolution, where Hume breaks off, and find a regular connexion in this complete History given by Smollett.
In the latter part only of this work has the present editor found it necessary to make any alterations. The war before the last had its source in America, and thereby drew forth our settlements there into consequence.
This, with the loss of most of those settlements since to Great Britain, had brought with it so many changes, that what was found politics and good sense then, is now totally deranged: even facts themselves are become
changed, and the very state of the two countries has undergone a metamorphosis which was impossible to be foreseen by the shrewdest politician. To assist the views of so eminent a writer as Smol. lett, as well as to gratify the expectations of the judicious reader, a few, very few, alterations have been made on those heads. To have proceeded farther would have been a kind of sacrilege, and no less a fraud upon the original author, than