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Printed (by Assignment from the Executors of the late Mr. JAMES
DODSLEY) for W. OTRIDGE and Son; R. Faulder; Curhell
Knight and Compton, Printers, Middle Street, Cloth Fair.
P R E F A C E.
HE Year of which we treat presented the
most awful appearance of public affairs which this country had perhaps, beheld for many ages. All antient systems of policy, relative to any scheme of equality or balance of power, seemed forgotten in Europe. Friends and allies were no more with respect to us. On the contrary, whether it proceeded from our fault, or whether it was merely our misfortune, mankind seemed to wait, with an aspect which at best bespoke indifference, for the event of that ruin which was expected to burst
It has happened, fortunately, that the expected evil and danger were less dreadful in the encounter than in the distant appearance. combination of the House of Bourbon with the American Colonies, was far from producing all those effects which were undoubtedly expected. If our own successes were not great, and rather negative than direct in their nature, our losses, however