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P R E F A CE.
would be a bad return to the conti
nued favours we experience from the Public, if our zeal and industry was not proportioned to the importance of the subjects on which we treated, and to their interest in them. The transactions of foreign nations, however general or extensive their consequences, however connected by interest or alliance we might be in them, or however brilliant the matter which they afforded for history, are not only of a secondary but very remote consideration, when placed in any degree of comparison with the subjects of which we now treat. Our public affairs are unfortunately at present the history of all that part of the world which affords materials for
, however deeply, are not alone interested in the consequences. They may extend, not only to the refined, but widely into the more uncultivated parts of the Globe. It