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H I S T O R Y,
A N D
PR E FA CE.
T has been justly observed, that the most extensive and
inveterate wars have generally been those, not of ambition, but of opinion. In our days, a new principle of war has arisen, much more extensive in its influence and effects than any difference of opinion on any subject : for, never yet was there any doctrine, whether merely speculative or religious, so general, as a love of property and a disposition to plunder. - - - * - * - -
The trouble, which this new principle occasions to the annalist, will readily be perceived by our readers, in perusing the History of Europe; comprehending, also, the effects of European principles, passions, and projects, in Asia, Africa, and America, and their re-action on our quarter of the world. It is not an easy matter to arrange, into any tolerable order or shape, so great a variety of counsels and actions, going on at the same time in so many dif. ferent parts of the globe; to give to each its just position and proportion; and, on the whole, to form a picture that may not be over-loaded and confused, but such as may be contemplated without distraction, and with some degree of both pleasure and advantage. The - a 2 candid