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HISTORY

OF THE

LAST TWENTY MONTHS.

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SHORT HISTORY

OF THE

BRITISH EMPIRE

DURING THE LAST TWENTY MONTHS;

VIZ.

FROM MAY 1792 TO THE CLOSE OF THE YEAR 1793.

BY FRANCIS PLOWDEN, LL.D.

AUTHOR OF

THE NATIVE RIGHTS OF

BRITISH SUBJECTS,

JURA ANGLORUM, ETC.

Ne quid falfi dicere audeat, ne quid veri non audeat.

CICERO.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR G. G. AND J. ROBINSON, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

MDCCXCIV,

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INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER.

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THE History which I have undertaken the arduous talk of writing, is interesting to the Public in proportion as the events of it involve the inter

peace, energy, and welfare of this Country. The general good of the State is the common point to which all ministers of all times, and in all circumstances, have always pretended to direct their different systems of measures; but there has been within these last twenty months such a variety of events, such contrariety of judgments, such singularity of public measurés, that the mind is nearly overset in tracing the origin, or in calculating the consequences of them. Nojustconception can be formed, no fair opinion can be adopted, no profitable inference can be drawn from any even of the leading facts, if taken singly, and considered upon the naked grounds of their insulated merits. The whole train of operations must be collected into one view,

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