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OR GENERAL REPOSITORY OF. .
AND LI T E R A TU RE, . For the YEAR 1796.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
The HISTORY of KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, and TASTE, in GxEAT BRITAIN, duribg the Commonwealth, and the Usurpation of CROMWELL.
As no alteration has taken place in the conduct of the New Annual Register ; and as the little cavils which have been raised againit it by interested persons, have been completely silenced by time and experience, which have fanctioned our opinions, there is little to be Iaid in presenting to our readers a new volume.
Our Domestic History will be found to be chiefly occupied, this year, by the very interesting debates of parliament on the celebrated bills which produced fo material an alteration in our system of law concerning trealon and sedition, on the conduct of the war,—and on the finan
the finances of the nation. In this department of the tk, we have pursued our usual mode, that of bring
together all the debates on every particular topic, in weer to present to the reader the most complete and
Stactory view of the arguments on every subject.
The lightest inspection of our Foreign History will "Vince our readers that it is not compiled from newspers, or from any common sources of intelligence. It
therefore, in many respects, be found to differ from accounts now generally received. We can, how
the accounts no
ever, assure the public, that it is not the less genuine and authentic for that ; and we can further assure them, that we have never presumed to differ from the common and official accounts, but where our information proceeded from so superior an authority as to leave not a doubt but that it was right. Some explanation will also be found in this volume, of certain political transactions, which have appeared in a mysterious light to most perfons ; but these affairs will be still more am, ply clucidated in our next volume.
On the literary parts of this volume, the usual ats tention has been bestowed; and we trust they will not be found inferior to our former endeavours in these des partments.
THE History of Knowledge, Learning, and Taste, in Great Britain, dur.
of Cromwell, page xiii