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HISTORY,
POLITICS,

AND
LIT ERAT UR E,

For the YEAR 1797.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,.

The HISTORY of KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, and TASTE, in
GREAT BRITAIN, during the Reign of King CHARLES II.- Part I.,

LONDON:

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Printed for G. G. and J. ROBINSON, Paternoster-Row;
By T. Davison, Lombard-street, Fleet-wreet.

MDCCXCVIII.
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PREFACE. .

VARIOUS causes, which it would be fruitless to de. tail, have delayed the publication of the New Annual Register a little beyond the time which we had originally fixed for its appearance. Our readers, however, we flatter ourselves, will not be hastily dis. posed to accuse us of unpunctuality, when they con.. sider the great importance of our domestic transactions, independent of the foreign matter, during the last year. The volume for 1798, we can ventyre to promise, will be much earlier in its appearance; that volume will contain information highly interesting, but which, for reasons that must be obvious to every reflecting person, it was necessary and proper to withhold for the present. It will contain (besides the usual historical matter) a copious, impartial, and authentic narrative of the affairs of Ireland, and a view of the present state of North America, and of the dispute between the French Republic and the

United States.

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CONTENT S.

TE History of Knowledge, Learning, and Taste, in Great Britain,

during the Reign of King Charles II.- Part I. Page xiii

BRITISH AND FOREIGN HISTORY.

CHAPTER I.

General Refiections on the present State of European Politics. State of

Parties in Great Britain. The General Election. The Ministry triumphant. The Meeting of Parliament. His Majesty's Speech. Debate on the Address in the House of Lords. Extraordinary Protest of Earl Fitzwilliam. Debate on the Address in the House of Commons. Apprehensions of a French Invasion. Measures proposed by the Minister for the Defence of the Country. Debate on these Proposals in the House of Commons. Debates on the Supplementary Militia Bill in the Commons. Bill for amending the Supplementary Militia Act. Debates in the Commons on the Cavalry and Gamekeeper's Bill. Further Debates on the Bill for embodying Gamekeepers. The Measure abandoned. Debates on the Army and Navy Augmentation Bill in the Commons. Progress of those Bills through the House of Lords, &c. Bill for allowing Catholics to serve rejected by the Lords. Scotch Militia Bill

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CHAP. II.

The Financial Proceedings of the Session. Army and Navy Estimates. De.

bates upon these Subjects. Sums voted. Extraordinaries of the Army. The first Budget. Supplies, and Ways and Means. LOYALTY LOAN. The Sums for which Interest was to be provided. New Taxes. Money sent to the Emperor. Debates upon that Subject. Declared to be unconstie tutional when sent without the Consent of Parliament. The Members for

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