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L I T E R A T U R E,
For the YEAR 1776.

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L O N D O N :
Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall-mall, 1779,

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T would be a bad return to the continued favours we experience from the Public, if our zeal and industry was not proportioned to the importance of the subjećts on which we treated, and to their interest in them. The transačtions of soreign nations, however general or extenfive their consequences, however connected by interest or alliance we might be in them, or however brilliant the matter which they afforded for history, are not only of a secondary but very remote confidcration, when placed in any degree of comparison with the subjećts of which we now treat. Our public affairs are unfortunately at present the history of all that part of the world which affords materials for any. Britains, however deeply, are not alone interested in the consequences. They may extend, not only to the refined, - but

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