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TO TE DE FUBLIC.
To attempt any laboured panegyric of an author of so distinguished celebrity is Rollin, would be an arduous as well as superfluous undertaking. His profound erudition, the benevolence of his intentions, but above all, the piety of his sentiments, which clash with no sect or party among Christians, have already placed him high in the annals of fame, and have procured his writings an universal perusal. A peculiar felicity has attended Rollin as an author.—His various performsances have not only been perused with avidity by the public at large; they have also merited the applause of the learned and ingenious.-Writers of the most enlightened and of the most refined taste in polite literature, such as Veltaire, Atterbury, &c. have honoured him with the highest and most descrved encomiums. 5 So various is our author's information, and so consummate his knowledge in Nevery subject which occupied his pen, that, viewing him in this light, we N would be ready to imagine he had seldom stirred abroad from the studious * and cloistered retirement of a college; but, on the other hand, when we con* sider the easy elegance for which his style is so remarkable, we are apt to conclude, that he passed part of his time in courts. o A circumstance which reflects the highest honour upon this author, is his oncommon modesty. Learning, which too often elates the mind, and produces a haughty air of superiority, had no such effect on Rollin.—This great \man, so far from delivering his sentiments in a dictatorial tone, ever speaks in Sterms the most unassuming. R. No preceptor ever studied so carefully the genius and dispositions of youth, Gor adapted his information so successfully for their improvement, as our au| thor. In all his works, it is not the pedagogue who instructs, but the sond pagent—the amiable friend.
PARIs, SEPTEMBER 3, 1729.
I have read, by order of the lord-keeper, a manuscript, entitled, The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes, Persians, Macedonians, and Greeks, &c. In this work appear the same prin*iples of religion, of probity, and the same happy endeavours to improve the hinds of youth, which are so conspicuous in all the writings of this author. The present work is not confined merely to the instruction of young people, but may be of service to all persons in general, who will now have an opportunity of reading, in their native tongue, a great number of curious events, which