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P R E F A C E.
YONSIDERING the very long acquaintance
which we have so happily maintained with the Public, a Preface to our Twenty-eighth Volume seems a very unnecessary ceremony. Even acknowledgments of kindness and professions of gratitude become tiresome by a continued repetition; and yet, if custom has rendered such an introduction neceffary, and it is expected that we should say something upon the subject, how can we possibly refrain from the genuine expression of our sentiments, under the Arong impressions which the liberal and unvarying favour of that Public, througli'lo long a course of years, has indelibly stamped uponus). The proper manifestation, however, of our gratitude, will be in act and not in words; inuing qür utmost exertions still to preserve the Annual Register in that style of reputation and character, which has hitherto procured it such marked distinction and so unlimited a patronage.
As the year of which we treat did not superabound in political events of great general importance, and was happily free from the dazzling brilliance of military exploits, these circumstances
iv P R E F A CE. afforded us án opportunity, which we gladly embraced, of completing our retrospect of such matters of confideration, as the excess and urgency of matter in late busy years, had neceffarily occasioned our postponing. Of these, the public affairs of our sister island and kingdom, not only claimed the first place from our mutual relation and interest, but demanded it on the account of superior importance to all others. We have likewise brought into view no small share of curious and interesting matter from the transactions of foreign nations, which seemed hitherto to have been overlooked. Spain, in particular, has, through the great improvements which for some time have been taking place in that kingdom, afforded a most pleasing and fertile field for retrospect. Nor have other countries, apparently more sterile, been by any means unproductive. In the business of the present year, the exceedingly complicated affairs of Holland, presented fo alarming an aspect, and indicated consequences by which the interests and even security of this country might have bees so deeply affected, that their discussion neceffarily required our utmost care and most serious attention.
Ireland. Retrospective view of the internal fate of afairs in shat country.
Attempt to reform the constitution, by shortening the duration of parliaments. Mutiny bill passed. Meetings of the Irish volunteers to obtain a parliamentary reform. Ineffettual attempt to induce them to disand. Bill for effecting a parliamentary reform-rejefled by a great majority; and ree folution thereupon. Address to his majoty on that fubje&t. Counter-address. Another bill presented, and rejected. Proposition for the relief of the Romar catholics. Petition of the delega:es conveyed to Mr. Pitt. Mr. Pitt's an. fwer. Disunion among the volunteers, on the subject of the Roman catholics. Lord Charlemont thanked by the city of Dublin for his conduct. Steps taken by government to prevent the meeting of the delegates. Letter from the Attorney General to ibe Sheriffs of Dublin. High Sheriff of the county of Dublin prosecuted, Hined, and imprisoned; others also profecuted. Meetings of delegates nevertheless held. Another bill presented, and reje&ted. Dija irisjes of the manufacturers of Dublin. Committee appointed for their relief. Mr. Gardener's plan-rejected by a very great majority. Violent ferment amongst the people. Outrages of the mob, who are dispersed by the military. Bill for restricting the liberty of the press. Petitions against. Modified, and passed. Non-importation agreements entered into. Precautions to prevent encrmities. Lord Lieutenant incurs popular odium, and'is openly infulted. Commercial arrangement between Great Britain and Ireland. A lot of resolutions presented to the house of commons in Ireland; agreed to; tranjm:tied