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OR A VIEW OF THE
For the YEAR 1799.
for the Proprietors of Dodsley's Annual Register,
W.OTRIDGE AND SO'N; R. FAULDER; J. CUTHELL; OGILVY AND SON;
E. JEFFERY; AND VERNOR AND HOOD.
HE campaigns, or rather combined campaign of
1799, in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, for extent and variety of action, is distinguished even among those of the present war, and unprecedented in the annals of the world.
In the history of a war, carried on by fo many armies, on so extended a theatre, it is impossible, without confusion, and losing fight of thofe combinations and designs, which alone can give interest to the fubject, to be fo copious and circumstantial as in that of wars, in whịch, the campaign is bounded by the occupation of a few passes, and the reduction of one or two fortified towns. What would have been formerly the whole of a plan, for one seafor, has now become only a part of a more comprehensive. fyftem The Annalist must therefore write his acecants of military designs and operations on the same general scale on which they are conceived and executed. Marches, sieges, battles, and retreats, which might, in former times have served, each of them, for the subject of a separate narrative, or perhaps, some of them of a heroic poem, muft, in the history of the present, and probably of future, wars, be considered as only component parts of one more general action. If books were extended in proportion to the multiplication of facts and reason
ings, the republic of letters would fink under its own weight. Classifications, results, conclusions, and maxims, long perhaps the fabjects of discussion, become the elements of new compositions.
The necessity of compression, in our European campaigns, is not lessened by the co-incident movements of armies in Syria, Egypt, and India ; nor yet by the negociations at Rastadt and Seltz: a scene of political intrigue bearing some analogy to the wide and various field of action,
The time that was necessary for the arrangement of fo many materials into a plan, not entirely dispropor tionate to our usual dimenfion's, and for the correction of errors, by recent and undoubted information, will, we trust, afford not only an apology for being somewhat later in the publication of this volume, than was promised in our last; but afford a new proof of our earnest :defarę, by all means, to render our work as complete arid: desfactory.as..possible. On the whole, our engagemepts: to this public, with regard to the time of bringing:ügthis work, which had indeed fallen greatly Bebind; have been now fulfilled. It may be faid that
have row: very nearly overtaken time. It fhall be our care to keep an equal pace with this in future: though at a due distance. The Annual Register is not addressed to the fame curiosity that thirfts after newspapers, but to curiosity of a higher order : that of feeing plans and systems unfolded by events; and these events, from new relations and combinations, deriving · not only a degree of novelty, but greater interest and importance,
A general l'iex of the Year 1799.-Hazardous Situation of Buonaparte,
in consequence of the Defirullion of the French Fleet.- Present State of Egypt.- Mammalukes. -- Bers.- Arabs.-Jeres.-Greeks.-Cophts. Force, Land and Marine, under the Command of Buonaparie.-Various Cares of Bucuaparte.---Means of maintaining the Army. And of recruiting and preserving it..-Buonaparte rejpeers himself, und giręs Orders to his Officers to respect, the Prejudices of all the Egyptians.-His Proclamation to the People of Egypt.-- At great Pains to propagate, in all Mahometan Countries, a Belief of his l'eneration for Iaumism and the Prophet,
- Treachery and Punishment of the principal Sheick, or Shereef, of Alex-
- Difficulty of operating and producing any permanent Change in the