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THE

ANNUAL REGISTER,

OR A VIEW OF THE


HISTORY,

POLITICS,

AND

LITERATURE,

For the y^R 1803.

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LONDON:

PRINTED FOR W. OTRIDGE AND SON; LOGMAN, HURST, RKE9 AND ORME ',
CLARKE AND SON J B. CROSBY: J. BELL; II. FABLDER ; CLTHELL

And Martin; Ogilvy And Son; n. Lea; J. Nunn;

J. Walker; Lacrington, Allen, And co.;

E. Jkffery; Vernor And Hood;

J.asperne; And Wynne

And Scholey;

B,v .1. StF.Ltv, of Buckingham, and]. Wright, of St. John's Square.

1805.

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PREFACE.

In offering to the public the- present volume of a work of such long established reputation as the Annual Register—and the former volumes of which have already assumed a place of no inconsiderable rank among the historical documents of our country—we cannot but feel an anxiety proportioned to the subjects of which we have had to treat.

Already, in the close of our preceding volume, we had anticipated the renewal of the war, that great event which forms the leading feature of the period, whose transactions are here related; and which will, in its influence, too probably pervade all the political relations of the country during a long course of succeeding years.

At a time, when the public press appeared almost exclusively devoted, to the object of prolonging the

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