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boast of the justice and humanity of their proceed.
princes; and, -as it bb
possessed of a series of colonies, extending above
In the East, the Europeans introduced them.
feuds of the native pe mutual contests-till wid glish, by a hagis coach obtained the inastery, and all their considerable sutt
The rapidity of our coll haps equal to that of the -but from different cau old established empire ad magnificence and luxury highest excess and the degree of onpression and d destruction, by the rivalsn Weakness of the goverume dent sovereigns; and the mealier people-indifferen they were compelled to
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ther than they could at first
From these remote quart
* This work was first printed in 1773.
princes; and, -as it has often happened to those who have called in foreign powers to interfere in their domestic contentions,-by availing themselves of the disturbances of a dismemnereit monarchy, they at lengti raised a power almost independent of their employers. Soon the several European pations, who had thus got footing in the Indies, jealous of each other's growing gicatne5s, made the feuds of the Dative princes subservient to their mutual contestatill witoin a few years, the En. glish, by a hagis concurrence of circumstances, obtained the inastery, and expelled their rivals from all their considerable settlements.
The rapidity of our conquesta here has been perhaps equal to that of the first invaders of America;
but from different causes. Here we found an old established empire advanced to its crisis; the magn ícence and luxury of the great carried to the highest excess,--and the people in a proportionable degree of oppression and debasement. Thus ripe for destruction, by the rivalsnip of the viceroys, and the weakness of the government, they became indepen dent sovereigns; and the dastardly spirit of the mealier people, indifferent to the cause for which they were compelled to fight,-encouraged these ambitious merchants to push their advantages far. ther than they could at first have supposed possible: with astonishment they saw the intrepid leaders of a few hundreds of brave free Britons, boldly oppose and repeatedly put to flight millions of these effeminale Indian slaves, and, in a short time, raised for them an empire much larger than their mothercountry.
From these remote quarters of the world, let us now return to Great Britain, with the history of which you ought certainly to acquaint yourself, before you enter upon that of any other European kingdom. If you have courage and industry enough to begin so high as the invasion of Julius Cæsar, before which nothing is known of the inbabitants of this island, you may set out with Rapin, and proceed with him to William the Conqueror. From
I do not know of an
In considering the res
is æra there are other histories of England more tertaining than his, though I believe none es. emed more authentic. Party so strongly in. ences both historians and their readers, that it
a difficult and invidious task to point out the st amongst the number of English histories that Fer themselves : but, as you will not read with a itical view, nor enter deeply into politics, I think u may be allowed to choose that which is inost tertaining: and, in this view, I believe the ge. ral voice will direct you to Hume, though ho es no farther than the Revolution. Among other storians, do not forget my darling Shakspeare, faithful as well as a most agreeable one-whose storical plays, if read in a series, will fix in your emory the reigns he has chosen, more durably an any other history. You need not fear his ading you into any material mistakes, for he ceps surprisingly close to the truth, as well in the aracters as in the events. One cannot but wish e had given us a play on the reign of every nglish king,—as it would have been the pleasant t, and perhaps the most useful way of becoming quainted with it. For the other portion of Great Britain, Robertn's History of Scotland is a delightful work, and a moderate size. Next to your own country, Trance will be the st is teresting object of your enquiries : our ai. nt possessions in that country, and the frequent Itests we have been engaged in with its inhabitits, connect their history with our own. The ent of their dominion and influence their supied superiority in elegance and politeness, their inence in the Arts and Sciences,--and that inter. irse of thought, if so I inay call it, which subsists ween us, by the mutual communication of lite✓ productions,-make them peculiarly interest
to us; and we cannot but find our curiosity ited to know their story, and to be intimately nainted with the character, genius, and senlle its of this nation.
would be a task ungul lities, at least for sever samne time, it must be on tem of politics and com relation between the du that they are in a man body, and a total ignons state would throw all ou fairs of your own country erer, with the most rem distinguish the principal ciently enlighten you, an! prehend whatever relate3 with which you are more ferring you for this purpos in his lng abridgements, I choc pou a few sinall Tracts, lively pictures, not easily of the constitutions and it actions of several of these
Sir William Temple's Is
account of the Saracen
The Iristory of Modern Eur tlar advantage. Editor.
I do not know of any g:neral history of France, that will answer your purpose, except that of Me. gerai, which even in the abridgement is a pretty large work: there is a very modern one by Velly and others, which perhaps may be more lively, but is still more voluminous and not yet completed. From Mezerai you may proceed with Voltaire to the end of the reign of Louis the Fourteenth. .
In considering the rest of Europe, your curiosity may be confined within narrower limits. Modern history is, from the nature of it, much more minute and laborious than the ancient, and to pursue that of so many various kingdoms and governments, would be a task unequal to your leisure and abilities, at least for several years to come: at the same time, it must be owned, that the present sss. tem of politics and commerce has formed such a relation between the different powers of Europe, that they are in a manner members of one gicat body, and a total ignorance of any considerable state would throw an obscurity even upon the af fairs of your own country*: an acquaintance, liowever, with the most remarkable circunstances that distinguish the principal governments, will surliciently enlighten you, and will enable you to coinprehend whatever relates to thein, in die histories with which you are more familiar, . Instead of re. ferring you for this purpose to dull and upintrest. ing abridgements, I choose rather to point out to you a few sinali Tracts, which exhibit striking and lively pictures, not easily effaced from the memory, of the constitutions and the most remarkable trans. actions of several of these nations. Such are, Sir William Temple's Essay on the United Pro.
vinces. His Essay on Ileroic Virtue, which contains some
account of the Saracen Empire. Vertot's Revolutions de Suède.
• The Iristory of Modern Europe, may be read with putin tular advantage. Editor.
tot's Revolutions de Portugal. Itaire's Charles XII. de Suède. .... Pierre le Grand. ffendorf's Account of the Popes, in his Introduc. Eon to Modern History.
of knowledge, you sho
If you waste in trivial
some part of the History of Germany and Spain,
will see more in detail in Robertson's History Charles V. which I have already recommended you in another view. After all this, you may still be at a loss for the nisactions of Europe, in the last fifty years : for - purpose of giving you, in a very small compass, me idea of the state of affairs during that period, vill venture to recommend one book more;mpbell's State of Europe*. Chus much may suffice for that moderate scheme, sich I think is best suited to your sex and age. ere are several excellent histories and memoirs
particular reigns and periods, which I have Ken no notice of in this circumscribed plan; but th which, if you should happen to have a taste
the study, yon will hereafter choose to be acainted: these will be read with most advantage, er you have gained some general view of his'y and they will then serve to refresh youi me. ry, and settle your ideas distinctly; as well as able you to compare different accounts of the *sons and facts wbich they treat of, and to form ir opivions of them on just grounds. 13 I cannot, with certainty, foresee what degree application or geuius for such pursuits you will mistress of ; I shall leave deficiencies of this col. tion to be supplied by the suggestions of your Te informed friends; who, if you explain to them v far you wish to extend your knowledge, will ect you to the proper books. But if, instead of an eager desire for this kind
ever be a mother, when yo
direct and assist the p you will then find ignora and a real evil, Let this industry: and let not a own capacity be a discour Yours after knowledge; a with diligent and well-dire much farther than a more with that impatience and often accompanies quick want of capacity that so trifing insipid companions friendship and conversatio for the task of governing a it is much oftener from t the talents which they omitting to cultivate a provement: by this neg cerest of pleasures ; a pl maia when almost every which neither fortune por
This work raphicul unde nt. Edilje.
This work has not been published for some years: hrie's Geographical and Historical Grammar is the best k of the kind, at present. Editor.