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THE

ANNUAL REGISTER,

OR A VIEW OF THE

HISTORY,
POLITICS,

AND

LITERATURE,

For the Y.E AR 1772.

SIXTH EDITION.

LONDON:

Printed by T. Davison, Lombard-street, Fleet-street,
FOR THE PROPRIETORS OF DODSLEY'S ANNUAL KEGISTER,
w. OTRIDGE AND SON; R. FAULDER; J. CUTHELL;
OGILVY AND SON; R. LEA; J. NUNN; J. WALKER;
LACKINGTON, ALLEN, AND CO.; E. JEFFERY;

AND VERNOR AND HOOD,

1800;

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PRE FACE.

T

HE great changes which the transa&tions of

present year have introduced in the political system of Europe, and those still greater, which they seem capable of producing in their consequences, are matters of serious consideration to individuals as well as states. It would not require a long succession of such events, to cause a total disarrangement of the European commercial, political, and even

even religious establishments. No equal portion of time, in the most rapid period of conquest, has been so fatal to public liberty, and the rights of mankind, as that which comprehends the overthrow of the constitution, in those great and extensive countries, of France, Sweden, and Poland. The breach that has been now made, in those compacts that unite states for their mutual benefit, establishes a most dangerous precedent; it deprives, in a great measure, every separate power in Europe, of that security which was founded in treaties, alliances, common interest, and public faith. It seems to throw nations collectively into that state of nature, in which it has been supposed, that mankind separately at one time sublisted, when the security of the individual depended singly upon his own strength, and no resource was lett when it failed.

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