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THE

ANNUAL REGISTER,

OR A VIEW OF THE

H I S T ORY,

S T ,
POLITICS,

AND

LI T E R A T U RE,

For the YEAR 1780.

LONDON :
Printed for J, DODSLEY, in Pall-mall, 1781.

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P R E F A C E.

AS

S it would give us the greatest con

cern, that any part of that Public, to whom we owe such long-continued and infinite obligations, should attribute the lateness of our publication, either to an unthankful remiffness on our side, or to a presumptuous confidence on their favour, we think it necessary at this time to say a few words upon the subject.

Our first considerable failure in point of time, proceeded from unavoidable misfortune; from long and dangerous illness; a fort of interruption, which a course of years must be expected naturally to produce. Whoever will at all consider the nature of an annual work, of great diver

sity,

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