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ANNUAL REGISTER

OR GENERAL REPOSITORY OF

H I STORY,
POLITICS,

A N D

L I T E R A T U RE,

For the YEAR 1786.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXEUS

The HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, and
TASTE, in GREAT BRITAIN, dusing the-Reigri of Henry
the SEVENTH, from the Year 1485 to 1509.

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LONDON,

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Printed for G. G. J. and J. ROBINSON, Pater-nofter-Row.

MDCCLXXXVII.

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the less occasion there is either to enlarge or its nature, or on the manner in which it is con ducted. In both these respects we have had th fatisfaction of receiving the approbation of the Pub lic; and we trust, that a similar approbation.wi attend the present volume. Not to mentiori tha it hath been prepared for the press, with a car equal to what has formerly been displayed, we na beg leave to observe, that one or two parts which in the last year, were perhaps rather too excrescent are now reduced to their due compass and propor tion: at the same time, it is hoped, that no de partment of the work will be found defective.

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A season of general peace doth not exhibit suc striking scenes as when the world is involved i the tumults and devastations of war. But it af fords matters equally momentous, and which ar more delightful to philosophic minds, and th friends of humanity. The Parliamentary History a Great Britain and Ireland, which comprehend such a variety of political, civil, and commer cial concerns, must' ever be a very important ob ject: and Europe, in its most tranquil state, wi always be productive of events that give scope t speculation. It is devoutly to be wilhed, that th

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