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TO H1 'ATHOLIC MAJESTY.
13 Longitudi East
OR GENERAL REPOSITORY OF
LI T E R A T U RE,
For the YEAR 1808.
TO W PICU 13. PREPIXED
The HISTORY of KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, and TASTE,
in GREAT BRITAIN; diving the Reign of Queen Anne, -Part II.
WITH A NEW MAP OF SPAIN,
BY DON THOMAS LOPEZ,
PRINTED FOR JOHN STOCKDALE,
ASTOR, LE rua AND
K TAYLOR & Co., Shoc Lane ; T, GILLET, Crown Court, Fleet Street ;
& T. DAVJsor, Lombard Street, Whitefriars; Printers.
In presenting our Annual Volume to the public we feel
We may, perhaps, be excused again adverting to those
It is with regret that we find ourselves, in the Historical Department of our Labours, compelled still to detail the atrocities and ravages of war; and that we see year after year pass away, marked by all the crimes of ambition and all the virulence of hostility. To observe and narrate the a 2
progress of science and the arts, of wise legislation, philoso. phic research and internal improvement, would to us be infinitely more pleasing, than to exhibit that moving picture of guilt and bloodshed, of privation and calamity, to which, through theunion of extraordinary talents, ambition, and success in a single individual, the province of historic annals is now almost exclusively confined. During a great part of the preceding year, the patriotic and benevolent were animated by the hope that a barrier was about to be raised against the oppression under which the civilised world has so long groaned. The flame of opposition kindled in Spain, by the succession of frauds and violences which the despot of the Continent employed against its independence, excited an enthusiasm which the wise were unwilling to repress by calculation, and which in the sanguine was connected with the certainty of success.
To aid in its accomplishment the blood and treasure of this country have been employed with an Atinjost byspaning: hand. But the result, hitherto, it must be acknowledjad, has little tended to verify the fond expreciados vitich were excited ; and which, it will be seen fir another part of the Volume, we cherished with the warmest enotions of our hearts. Still we cannot, we will not, despair : we will not abandon as lost the cause, which is not only the cause of every European nation, but that for which it is the bounden duty of them all to contend with the best energies that they possess. We trust, and, from the papers contained in the present Volume, we know, that the patriots of Spain did not un. dertake a defence of their rights without counting the costs; --without calculating upon much suffering, and many