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OR A VIEW OF THE
HIS TO RY,
THE SIXTH EDITION.
Printed by G. Woodfall, Paternoster-Row,
E. JEFFERY; AND VERNOR & HOOD.
P R E F A C E.
WE are this year under a necessity of
particularly claiming that indulgence which we have so long experienced from the Public. It may probably be thought that a bare apology is far from being sufficient, and that some reasonable cause
should at least be assigned, for the lateness of our present publication. This would certainly be a duty incumbent on us, and with which we should readily comply, if we could suppose, that a detail of the private and particular circumstances, or the unforeseen and unavoidable accidents, which contributed to this delay, could be in any degree interesting or entertaining to our Readers; and if we did not apprehend that such a recital would rather appear a presumption, and argue a degree of selfimportance which we are incapable of entertaining. It might be alledged in our defence, and with a considerable degree of