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SHORT HISTORY

OF THE

.: BRITISH EMPIRE

DURING THE LAST TWENTY MONTHS;

VIZ.

FROM MAY 1792 TO THE CLOSE OF THE YEAR 1793.

BY FRANCIS PLOWDEN, LL. D.

AUTHOR OF THE NATIVE RIGHTS OF BRITISH SUBJECTS,

JURA ANGLORUM, ETC.

Ne quid falfi dicere audeat, ne quid veri non audeat.

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PRINTED BY P. BYRNE, GRAFTON-STRERT,

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INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER.

I HE History which I have undertaken the arduous task of writing, is interesting to the Public in proportion as the events of it involve the internal peace, energy, and welfare of this Country. The general good of the State is the common point to which all ministers of all times, and in all circumstances, have always pretended to direct their different systems of measures; but there has been within these last twenty months such a variety of events, such contrariety of judgments, such fingularity of public measures, that the mind is nearly overfet in tracing the origin, or in calculating the consequences of them. No just conception can be formed, no fair opinion can be adopted, no profitable inference can be drawn from any even of the leading facts, if taken fingly, and considered upon the naked grounds of their insulated merits. The whole train of operations must be collected into one view, and each link of the chain examined with scrupulous but unbiassed severity. The plot of the piece is not so new as the winding up of the catastrophe threatens to be alarming. The general utility then of tracing events to their causes, of viewing them in their immediate effects, and following them through their remote operations, becomes in the present period interesting to the country beyond measure or precedent.

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