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OR GENERAL REPOSITORY OF
H IS TO RY,
A N D
L I T E R A T U RE,
For the YEAR 1786.
TO WHICH IS PRGFIXEDS.
The HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, and
P R E F A
HE farther we proceed in our undertaking,
the less occasion there is either to enlarge on its nature, or on the manner in which it is con... ducted. In both these respects we have had the satisfaction of receiving the approbation of the Public; and we trust, that a similar approbation will attend the present volume. · Not to mention that it hath been prepared for the press, with a care equal to what has formerly been displayed, we shall beg leave to observe, that one or two parts which, in the last year, were perhaps rather too excrescent, are now reduced to their due compass and proportion: at the same time, it is hoped, that no, department of the work will be found defective.
A season of general peace doth not exhibit such striking scenes as when the world is involved in the tumults and devastations of war. But it af. fords matters equally momentous, and which are more delightful to philofophic minds, and the friends of humanity. The Parliamentary History of Great Britain and Ireland, which comprehends such a variety of political, civil, and commercial concerns, must ever be a very important object: and Europe, in its most tranquil state, will always be productive of events that give scope to speculation. It is devoutly to be wilhed, that the