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COMPENDIUM

OF THE

HISTORY OF ALL NATIONS:

LXHIBITING

A CONCISE VIEW

OP THE

ORIGIN, PROGRESS, DECLINE AND FALL

OF THE MOST

CONSIDERABLE EMPIRES, KINGDOMS,

AND STATES IN THE WORLD,
FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO THE PRESENT PERIOD.

INTERSPERSED

With a short account of the Prevailing Religions.

Ornamented with a Frontispiece, representing

HISTORY CONDUCTING PATRIOTISM, FORTITUDE AND

WISDOM TO THE TEMPLE OF FAME.

PERSONIEIED BY

Generals Washington, "Greene, and Hamilton;

AND THREE OTIIER: PEATES.

By D. FRASER,
Author of the Columbian Monitor, Select Biography, &c.

NEW-YORK:
PRINTED BY HENRY C. SOUTHWICK,

NO. 2, WALL-STREET.

PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDAN FOYMDATIONS 11B

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District of New-York, ss.

Be it REMEMBERED, That on the seventeenth day of October, in L.S.

the thirty-second year of the Independence of the United States of

America, Donald Fraser, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit:

"A Compendium of the History of all Nations: exhibiting a concise view " of the origin, progress, decline, and fall of the most considerable empires, “ kingdoms, and states in the world, from the earliest times to the present "* period....interspersed with a short account of the prevailing religions. Or"namented with a frontispiece, representing History conducting Patriotism, " Fortitude and Wisdom to the Temple of Fame-personified by Generals “ Washington, Greene and Hamilton and three other Plates --By D. Fraser,

" Author of the Columbian Monitor, Select Biography, &c" In conformity to the act of Congress of the United States, entitled " An ad for " the encouragement of learning by securing the copies of maps, charts and • books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein * mentioned,” and also to an act entitled “An act supplementary to an act en" titled an act for the encouragement of learning by securing the copies of

maps, charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during " the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of " designing, engraving and etching bistorical indo other prints."

BDWARD DUNSCOMB,
Clerk of the District of New-York.

PREFACE.

THE great utility of an intimate knowledge of History is universally admitted ; to young people it is highly essential, and should be studied by every one who would attain a liberal education. By tracing back the great events and revolutions of human affairs-the rise and fall of kingdoms and states—it will tend to expand the mind, enlarge the ideas, and render conversation more agreeable, interesting and instructive.

History being the faithful repository of the actions of men in all ages, who have performed any : distinguished part on the theatre of the wycid, adds to our own experience a rich stock of the experieńce of others, and fur. nishes innumerable instancesco nishes innumerable instances of virtues, to imitate, and vices to be avoided : Every ław of morality, and very rule of conduct, is submitted to its test and examina

tion.

The accounts of the origin and progress in population of all countries, are involved in great obscurity.It is little more than three thousand years since the books of Moses, the most ancient and the only genuine record of what passed in the early ages of the world,

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were written. Herodotus is the oldest of aeathen historians : he flourished a thousand ir than Moses. If we extend our enquiries 1 jord he æra when written history commenced, we enter upon the region of conjecture, of fable, and uncertainty.

In this publication, I have taken a progressive, brief, but comprehensive, view of the state of mankind from the earliest ages, of which we have any authentic account, to the present period; and have attempted to de. lineate the origin of States and Empires, the outlines of their history, the revolutions they have undergone, and the causes which contributed to their rise and splendour, as well as those which operated to their decline and extinction. It is hoped that this work will prove an acceptable REMEMBRANCER to those already well-versed in universal history; and be of considerable service to such youth as aspire at becoming the future LEGISLAToks and STATESME Ñ of this cquýtry.

In compiling this work: :I have had recourse to some of the best authorities.in. the English language ; particularly the Rev. Doctors Miavor and Turner, and Mr. John Payne. Mr. John Crookes, of New York, has also rendered me some valuable assistance. To these gentle. men it is but common justice to acknowledge my warmest obligations for the aid which they have afford. ed me.

D. FRASER

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