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FROM

THE

Beginning of the World,

TO THE

EMPIRE of CHARLEMAGNE:

BY
Benigne
M. BOSSUET, late Bishop of Meaux, formerly

Preceptor to the DAUPHIN.

Translated from

The Thirteenth Edition of the ORIGINAL.

BY

Mr. ELPHINSTON,

in Two

VOLUMES.
VOL. I.

LONDON:
Printed for DAVID STEEL, at the Bible and Crown,

Little Tower-Hill.

MDCCLXVII.

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PREFACE.

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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 unnecesary 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 bath been so long its admiration; or to recoinmend to it an author, whose name passes all enco

It is well known, that, whereas all other universal histori

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ans give rather a collection of particular histories, M. Bossuet alone bath the glory of producing a true general bistory; which, like a general map, according to his own excellent comparison, is only one, great, confiftent plan, collecting and arranging, with the justest symmetry and succession, 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 fall not, however, infift upon the extent and importance of the Jubject, or the dexterity and extent of the Genius, that could handle it in so complete and concise a manner ; that could so admirably combine sacred and profane things, the indruction of the head and the heart, But is not matter of just ferprize, that, notwithstanding the de

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