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M. BOSSUET, late Bishop of Meaux, formerly
The Thirteenth Edition of the ORIGINAL.
UR author having, in his
introduction, so beautifully set forth the exten
Five usefulness of history in general, and of a chronological abridgment in particular; and conSequently explained the design of the following work; it were equally presumptuous and unnecessary to say 'any thing here on those subjects.”
No less were it impertinent to offer any new intelligence to the learned world, about a performance which hath been so long its admiration; or to recommend to it an author, whose name passes all encomiuir. It is well known, that, whereas all other universal historia
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ans give rather a collection of particular histories, M. Bossuet alone bath the glory of producing a true general history; which, like a gêneral map, according to his own excellent comparison, is only one, great, consistent plan, colle&ting and arranging, with the justest symmetry and succefon, from the beginning of time, every thing material in every nation ; and exhibiting, in one view, that important scene, which alone can convey a clear idea of the universal situation, connexion, and order of things.
We shall not, however, infift upon the extent and importance of the Jubject, or the dexterity and extent of the Genius, that could handle it in fo complete and concise a manner ; that could so admirably combine sacred and profane things, the injtruction of the head and the heart, But is it not matter of just ferprize, that, notwithstanding the de