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L O N D ON:
Printed for T. OSBORNE, A. MILLAR, JOHN

RIVINGTON, S. CROWDER, B. LAW and Co.
T. LONGMAN, and C. WARE.

M.DCC.LXVI. 003.1: !

P R E F A C E.

FTER a long delay, occasioned by a variety of accidents which could not

be foreseen, the Modern Universal Hiftory now makes its appearance; and the Editors hope it will be found entitled to some degree of public approbation.

They are perhaps more sensible than the readers can be of its defects, but they plead in alleviation, that the greater part of those defects are such as could not be remedied; nor was it even practicable to finish the work according to the letter of the plan on which it was undertaken. We will venture however to affirm, that this Modern Universal History, with all its imperfections on its head, is by far the compleatest work of the kind that ever was offered to the public in any nation or language.

An author who fits down with a plenitude of materials for relating past events, is apt tą applaud himself upon his arrangements, and the lights which he is enabled to throw upon particular periods. He is encouraged to hope that he shall find the same magazines, and the fame variety of provisions at every stage of his hitorical progress

. —How miserably he is deceived, our experience can testify. Nothing is

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