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The writer has followed the advice of many friends in not compressing the remaining materials into so small a compass as at first intended. Should this Part meet with the same encouragement as the First, and the writer be permitted to continue the work, the History will be completed in two more Parts of a similar size : one extending to the Reformation, the other to the present time.
It is due to those who have so kindly received the first part of this work, and to all parents and teachers who may desire to use the Universal History, to state the authorities from which it is taken, and the principles on which it is compiled.
In general history, my chief guides are Rollin, Robinson, Barth, Goldsmith, Gibbon, and Russell. In Church history, Mosheim, Milner, Gregory, and Barth. In the history of the Jews, Milman, and the connection of the Old and New Testaments. Other works have been consulted; but I have rarely used the language or thoughts of the original writers. My object is to present facts in the simplest manner—to avoid impure or unnecessary details—and to describe characters and events as they should be viewed by a Christian ; and not in the false light thrown around them by those who are ignorant of God's infinite holiness and of man's desperate wickedness.
As to the principles on which this work is compiled, I trust they will be found to be scriptural, according to the profession on the title-page. My desire has been to keep closely and simply to the Scriptures, turning neither to the right hand nor
to the left to accommodate them to the opinions and prejudices of different ages : and I have felt as anxious not to wrest them in support of human systems or particular views. The task is confessedly a difficult one: I cannot satisfy myself, much less can I expect to satisfy others, in the performance of it. But as no one else has undertaken a work which appears to be a desideratum in Christian education, I would humbly offer the fruit of my labours to the Lord and to His people, trusting that His blessing and their prayers will make it useful to the young reader.