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OR GENERAL REPOSITORY OF
H I S T ORY, POLITICS,
A N D
LI T E R A T U RE,
For the YEAR 1787.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
The HISTORY of KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, and TASTE, in Great Britain, during the Reign of HENRY the Eighth, from the Year 1509 to 1547.
HE. present volume of the New. Annual Re
gister will be found to have called forth not less industry and diligence in its compilers, than those which have preceded it; at the same time that we have been enabled to offer it somewhat earlier to the curiosity of our readers. We trust that that Public, to whose encouragement we are so deeply indebted, will give us credit for the uniformity and constancy of our exertions. If we cannot add to the scientific improvements, or the literary embellishments of the age, we will at least not subtract from our merits by irregularity and caprice.
As we proceed in our History of Knowledge and Taste, our subject becomes every hour more interesting. The Literary History of the Period of the Reformation is a grand and awful spectacle, and it has been our aim that it should not lose its effect by not being brought together in a full and complete view.
The state of politics in Europe appears pregnant with extraordinary events.
In the prefent volume we have completed our account of the diffentions in Holland, and have thus cleared the way
for the more extensive concerns of the commotions in France, and the intrigues of the Czarina and the Emperor.
The Literature of the year 1787, has not been altogether fo productive of valuable publications as the year 1786, or as the present year promises to be. In the mean time fome performances of merit have appeared, and the reader will find that they have not escaped our notice.
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