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P R E F A CE.
made subfervient to general convenience. Having enjoyed a pleasure in collecting the Treaties between Great Britain and other nations, in adjusting their dates, and in comparing their provisions, I presumed to think that, were I to publish the result of my enquiries, statesmen, whose duty leads them to consult national conventions, might find an utility where I had discovered the gratifications of research and acquisition.
Without the correspondence of Du Mont, the learning of Barbeyrac, or the zeal of Rousset, it had been easy to print a voluminous collection of treaties. My object, however, was not to make a big book, but an useful book; a commodious selection, which might lie handily on the table, and be readily inspected. With this design, I have printed, in the following sheets, those treaties which are most frequently perused: I have referred to those treaties which are often consulted.
The collections of national conventions, which were published at successive periods, and in different countries, have not been always conveniently arranged, or accurately printed, at the same time that they were universally allowed to be useful. They generally followed, indeed, a chronological order. But, from the