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OR A VIEW OF THE
HIS TO RY,
For the YEARS 1784 and 1785.
L O N D ON:
Printed by 7. Crowder, Warwick-Square,
E, JEFFERY; AND VERNOR AND HOOD.
HE backwardness, with respect to publication,
which the heavy business of the late entensive war, and its succeeding consequences, occasioned, excited us to make a vigorous, and, as we hoped, decisive effort, for the recovery of our former situation in point of time. This was no less than to throw the whole bufiness of two succeeding years into one volume; paying little regard to our own trouble, when put in competition with our engagements to the Public, the spirit of the undertaking, and the utility of the performance.
This experiment (for it was no more, and is not to be repeated) has by no means answered our expectation with respect to the saving or gaining of time. We have found the double work exceedingly heavy; and the business in its amount went far. beyond our calculation. The critical circumstances, the extraordinary claims, and the alarming change in conne&ions and policy, which appeared, within that period to be taking place in Europe, presented an aspect not a little ominous to its repose; and necessarily rendered our foreign history an object of much care, consideration, enquiry, and research. And however important foreign affairs were, our domestic concerns were not less fo ; and were still more interesting to Englishmen.
Within the period of which we treat, one parliament had been suddenly dissolved, a new one speedily called,