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arise from no blind adulation, but proceed from a conviktion in bis own breaft, of their propriety. Certainly the public have different opinions of the fame men, and the same things; many are deceived by interest, prejudice, and passion ; fome by ency, and others by detraction : from these, the deserving mon, however meritorious, can never extort the least approbation ; and they hate to read those public praises, they will not, out of fome private antipathy, bestow themselves : but to such as these, the author recornmends the observation of a great and ancient example, in Augustus Cæfar: this prince, who was extremely jealous of his power, having furprized one of bis grand children reading the life af Cato, he encouraged the boy, who wanted to conceal the book, bidding bim read on, “ For Cata “ was a brave patriot, and a good man;" and itbough the government of this monarch was founded upon the ruins of the republican virtues of Cato, be could always, with pleasure, bear his favourite poets, Virgil and Horace, bestow the strongest encamiums upon so eminent a patriot of the common-wealth.
IT is not the true intent of history, so much to load the memory of the reader with a copiBus collektion of public records, as it is to elevate his thoughts and enrich his understanding : and the ingenious Voltaire bas delivered it as his opinion, ibat bistorians pould incorporate reflektions with the Jeries of events related, because the dry way of writing is neither so instructive or pleasing, as when the author intersperses a moral disquisition, or animates the reader by a bold end beautiful expression; how far the
present undertaking is agreeable to the sentiments of this eminent Frenchman, will be more proper to be considered by the reader, than asserted by the writer.
TO render the work as perfpicuous as possible, the author bas taken a method, that seemed to him the most eligible, for preserving a proper cosine Etion and dependency throughout the transa&tions of every year : for this purpose, he has divided the work into several parts, every part comprizing the events of a particular year; these parts are thrown into diftin&t divisions, to avoid the confusion that otherwise would have arisen by blending the land and naval wars in a promiscuous order together ; and these divisions are subdivided into different chapters, whereby every material action, independent of others, remains disentangled and stands in the most conspicuous situation for the observance of the reader ; who is also to take notice, that the English chronology, in beginning the year on the 25th day of March, had it been pursued, would have made it impossible to reconcile it with the dates of foreign transactions, because most other nations begin the year on the ist of January; and therefore their date has been adhered to by the author.
CH A P. II.
C H A P. III.
CH A P. IV. European transactions between the courts of Great Britain and Spain in 1740. . pag. 68.
CH A P. V. State of the English and Spaniards, in the north
ern part of America ; and General Oglethorpe's expedition against St Augustine in 1740.
. .pag. 91. CH A P. VI. The fiege of Carthagena. **** pag. 110.
PART II. In two Divisions.
FIRST DIVISION. From the death of the Emperor Charles VI. on
the 9th of October, 1740, to the end of the campaign in 1741. . pag. 169.
CH A P. I. From the death of the Emperor Charles VI. to
the invasion of Silesia; containing an examination of the pretensions of the houses of Bavaria and Brandenburgh to the Austrian succeffion.
pag. 171. CH A P. II. From the invasion of Silesia in December 1740,
to the surrender of Brieg in 1741 ; containing the siege of Glogaw, and battle of Molwitz.
pag. 198. СНАР.
CHA P. III. From the treaty of Nymphenburgh to the treaty of Hanover.
pag. 215. CH A P. IV. Military operations between the French, Bavari
ans, Prussians, and Saxons, against the Queen of Hungary, in Austria, Bohemia, Silesia, and Moravia ; and also, by the Spaniards in Italy,
si : i . . pag. 238.
SECOND DIVISIO N. Containing naval tranfactions in America and Europe, in 1741. . pag. 261.
C HA P. I. The expedition against Cuba.
ibid. CH A P. 11. The passage of Commodore Anfon round Cape
Horn into the Pacific Ocean; the taking and burning of Paita ; and the distresses the Eng. lish squadron underwent in those feas: with the misfortunes of Pizarro, the Spanish admi. ral, by attempting to follow the English squa. dron round Cape Horn. pag. 289.
снА Р. ІІІ. Naval transactions in Europe, in 1741, pag. 323,