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THE EARLIEST STATE
DEATH OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT.
BY DR. GOLDSMITH. Üles en
TWO. VOLS. IN ONE.
NEVISED AND CORRECTED, AND A VOCABULARY OF PROPER NAMES
BY WILLIAM GRIMSHAW.
STEREOTYPED BY J. Howe
PRINTED BY WILLIAN PILKINGTON
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to wit: BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the nineteenth day of June, L. S.) in the fiftieth year of the Independence of the United States
of America, A. D. 1826, JOHN GRIGG, of the said District, bath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as Proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
“ The Grecian History, from the earliest state to the death of Alex. ander the Great. By Dr. GOLDSMITH. Two volumes in one. Revised and corrected, and a Vocabulary of Proper Names appended; with Prosodial Marks, to assist in their Pronunciation; "by WILLIAM GRIMSHAW."
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WHEN, many years ago, I offered to the Public, a revised edition of Goldsmith's Rome, I judged it necessary to accompany it with my reasons for so bold an attempt, and an exposition of the principal faults of the original. To that exposition, as well as to this revised edition of the History of Greece, by the same author, I refer the curious in literature ; that they may decide, whether or not I have been warranted, in attempting an improvement, or have been inexcusably presumptuous. Bold, indeed, may seem the under. taking, to improve the pages of an author, of whom the great moralist and lexicographer has said, “ Non tetigit, quod non ornavit.” This compliment, however, that fastidious critic certainly did not apply to Dr. Goldsmith, as an Historian. In history, scarcely any other writer has so completely failed. Nothing but his high merit, in other walks of literature, could have prolonged the existence of his works, in this branch of composition, for so great a length of time. He wrote with too great rapidity, for an historian , and, consequently, withou a due regard to the