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ferved reputation of this masterpiece hath brought it no less than thirteen different times to the press in its own and other countries, neither the excellence of the work, nor the fame of the writer, should have hitherto excited our countrymen to promote the naturalization of so celebrated and valuable a foreigner ? There was indeed an attempt made, above threescore years ago, to introduce this performance faithfully englished; or rather so disadvantageously metamorphojed, that the original could no longer be known : which may serve to account for its so different reception in that difguisë, from what it hath ever met with in its native dress. Not only was the most elegant diction transformed into the most barbarous jargon, but the clearest, the finest senfe mistaken, nay, made nonsense, in almost every page, or rather every paragraph. No wonder then if an
English eye or ear turned away, with abhorrence, from what appeared fo shocking ; and if it well judged useless, what it found unintelligible.
In order therefore to vindicate the injured author from the false impresions that may have thus naturally been received of him; in order to make him as well known, and consequently as much esteemed, in our country, as he is wherever else taste and learning reign ; in order to present to the public, what it bath so long wanted, a complete compendium of universal history, bas this translation been undertaken.
The British youth will find in it the most useful closic of its kind; whether it is taught them, before they are capable of studying the large and learned volumes from whence it bath been digested'; or whether it is read afterwards, for recapitulation; or, in fine, if it is
fubstituted in their place : a claffic, which the learned and judicious M. Rollin, the best school-historian we have, but whose labours are swelled almost beyond the use of schools, hath done little else than paraphrased as a Text, nor been afnamed to own his doing.fo.
But as our author hath Mewn, that the usefulness of bis work is
not confined to the great, so may we | venture to afirm, that every age and sex, as well as degree, may reap equal benefit from it. To youth it affords an entertaining instructor ; to age a faithful remembrancer ; and to the unlearned, of whatever denomination, a complete system of univerfal knowledge, sacred and profane; though composed for the use of the greates prince in Europe, adapted to the reach of the meanest subject.
It is an irreparable loss, that our matchless author did not live to per
form bis promise, of favouring the world with a second part, or a compendious synophs of modern history, upon the same plan with the ancient. In order to remedy, in some Small degree, so great a misfortune, Some pretty eminent pens abroad undertook the important design, and have actually brought it dorun to the year 1738. But instead of imi
tating our Orator's concise method, . and Laconic style, they fwelled their
continuation to above thrice the size of the work they continued, though in a period not much exceeding one fixth part of the time. We have therefore been prevailed with; to make an humble attempt towards a more compendious execution of the useful, but arduous task continued down to the present times : wherein it will be endeavoured to follow, as near as possible, (though it an infinite distance, and with unequal steps ) our author's style and manner, bis order as well as accuracy, bis conciseness as well as perspicuity. We hope, at least, to omit few memorable fačts that belong to our period, and to htuate each event" in its proper point of time. But there must not be expected, in the second part, the same sublimity of thought and expreson, the same happy turns and imperceptible transtions, the fame lively and ingenious strokes, as "in the first: for, behides that the na