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few spots that were fruitful and pleasant. That part of our course is now completed. The next Volume will conduct us to the revival of learning, and will gradually lead us on to prospects highly rich, various, and delightful.
While Europe continues at peace, our attention must principally be directed to the parliamentary and domestic history of these kingdoms. We have not, however, been neglectful of foreign affairs, which are sufficiently interesting to deserve a serious contemplation. There arę circumstances in the state of things abroad, which might serve to exercise the fagacity, and to excite the conje&ures, of the politia cian and the philosopher with regard to their conséquences. But it is not so much our business to affume the character of prophets, as to be faithful and intelligent narrators of subsisting facts, and explainers, as far as we are able, of the principles and causes from which they proceed.
The miscellaneous department of our work is more copious than ever; and perhaps we have, in this refpect, been guilty of an excess. But such a number of valuable papers called for admittance, that we knew not how to reject them ; and yet we have omitted many that were highly deserving of being inserted. Such has been the merit of the productions
The diversified extracts with which our Volumes abound, do not only render them more in
of the year.
structive and entertaining, but, in conjun&tion with our annual accounts of Domestic Literature, will alcertain, from time to time, the state of genius, knowledge, and learning, in this country; a subject on which allertions are frequently made that are by no means the result of an accurate and candid invefti. gation.
Though we have reason to congratulate ourselves on the comparative early appearance of the present Volume, we acknowledge that it is one month later than was agreeable to our intentions and wishes. This defeat it is our purpose to remedy on future ocu casions.
CO N T E N T S.
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CONCISE View of the State of Knowledge, Literature, and Tafie,
in Great Britain, from the Accession of King Henry the Fourth, to the Acceffion of King Henry, the Seventh,
BRITISH AND FOREIGN HISTORY.
c H A P.
Thx Crimea acquired by the Ruffians. Description of the three Provinces of
Catharinoslaru, Taurica, and Caucasus. Calamitous State of the Ottóa man Empire. Claims of the Emperor on the Dutch. Their internal Dia fractions. Affair of the Schelde: Mediation of France. Exchange of Bavaria. Affair of Dantzic. Prince of Denmark,
Expeditions against Algiers and Sufa. Finances of France. Caise d' A
mortissement. America. Perpetual Revenues. Unappropriated Lands. Commerce. Order of the Cincinnati. Nova Scotia,
CHAP II. Ireland. Meeting at Dungannon. Meeting of Parliament. National Con
tention. Bill of Reform rejected. Change of Ministry. Arrival of the Duke of Rutland. Protecling Dutiese Riots. Bill respecting the Liberty of tbe Press. Prorogation,
Trade of Ireland. City of Dublin. Roman Catholics. Opinion of Lord
Charlemont. Tumults. Proceedings by Attachment. Sentence of Mr. Reiley: National Congress,
1 eeting of Parliament. Speech from the Throne. Address. Termination of the Wfiminster Scrutiny. Parliamentary Reform, 72
Votes of Supply. Fortifications. Newfoundland. Affairs of India. Debes of the Nabob of Arcot,
Commissioners of Accountse Navy Office Bill. Audit of the Impreft. Of
fice Reform Bill. Financese Loan. Taxes. Bills of Mr. Grenville and Lord Mahon. Mr. Beaufoy's Bill. Herring Fishery. Polls and Scrutinies, Bill of Police.
System of Intercourse with Irelan). The Eleven Propofitions. Modified and amended into twenty. Debates. Progress of the Syftem in the House of Lords. Address of both Houses. Adjournment. Prorogation. 141 PRINCIPAL OCCURRENCES.
P U B L I C P A P E R S.
Letter from the Hor. Warren Haftings, Governor General of Bengal,
to the Honourable the Court of Directors of the East India Come pany, dated Lucknow, April 30. With a Poftjeript, dated May 13, 1783,
(120) A Second Letter from Governor Hastings to the Court of Directors of the East India Company,
(129) The Speech of his Grace Charles, Duke of Rutland, Lord Lieutenant General,
and General Governor of Ireland, to both Houses of Parliament, on Thurfday the zoth Day of January, 1785,
(136) His Majcfty's Speech to both Houses of Parliament, Jan. 25, 1-85, (137) Petition of the Electors of the City and Liberty of Wilminflor, presenteå to the House of Commons, Feb. 2, 1786,
(138) Rrfolutions passed at a National Allembly of Delegates, for promoting a more
equal Representation of the People in Parliament, held in Dublin on the 20th of January, 1785, and thener continued till the 4th of February fol
lowing, pursuant to Adjournment from the 271h of Otober, 1784. 1141) Plan of Commercial Intercourse between Great Britain and Ireland, which,
on the 7th of Feb. 1780, Mr. Ordle, Secretary to the Duke of Rutland, laid before the Grand Committee of the Irish Parliament, and which being amended on the 11th, were passed on that Day,
147 Extract from the Report of the Lords of the Committee of Council, dated Council Chamber, Whitehall, March 1, 1785,
(145) Account of the Torals of the Net Produce for all the Taxes, from Christmas
Eve, 1783, to the 5th Day of April, 1784 ; and from Christmas Eve, - 1-84, to ihe 5th Day of April, 1785,
(250) Plan of a Commercial Intcrcourse bat wein Grca' Britain and Ireland, as