« AnteriorContinua »
OR GENERAL REPOSITORY OF
H IS TO RY,
A N D.
L I T E R A TU RE,
For the YEAR 1800.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
The HISTORY of KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, and TASTE,
Printed by S. HAMILTON, Falcon-Court, Fleet-Street;
In submitting to our Readers another Volume of the New Annual Register, at the present crisis, we cannot but feel an honest triumph at that alteration in the public sentiment which has sanctioned, in spite of calumny and venal abuse, whatever was most obnoxious in our former volumes to a certain party, and has tacitly afsigned us that rank which we are conscious we ought to hold in the estimation of our fellow subjects, and which we were bold enough to predi&t we should one day hold in the opinion of pofterity.
Attached, even to bigotry perhaps, to the constitution of our country, abhorring and explicitly condemning every act of atrocity which has disgraced a neighbouring nation, our only crime has been presuming to question the wisdom and policy of the war with the French republic, in its origin and its conduct. That war is now happily terminated ; and we are ready to give every praise which they deserve, to a ministry by whom the negotiation has been conducted with so much apparent ability :-But we must enireat the judicious and candid reader to reflect, whether it might not have been happier for us, if the war had been wholly avoided ;-if the representations of M. Chauvelin had been at first coolly considered ; if the