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THIRTEEN COLONIES,

FROM THEIR ORIGIN TO THAT PERIOD.

By WILLIAM GORDON, D.D.

QUID VERUM **** CURO, ET ROGO, ET OMNIS IN HOC SUM.

HORAT. 1 Ep. 1 Lib.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

L O N D ON:
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR;
ÅND SOLD BY CHARLES DILLY, IN THE POULTRY; AND
JAMES BUCKLAND, IN PATER-NOSTER-ROW.

wpłe lxxxvir.
[Entered at Stationers-Dall.]

STORY has been stiled, “ The evidence fif time-The light of truth-The school robe-The depository of events.” It is calsal for the purposes of showing the princiza which states and empires have risen to man and the errors by which they have fallen s dray, or been totally dissolved: and of pring out the fatal effects of intestine divisions -cil wars, whether arising from the ambie peknels, or inattention of princes ; or from in urcenary disposition, pride, and false policy

cuifers and statesmen ; or from mistaken 4, and the abuse, of government and liberty. kould oblige all, who have performed any spuhed part on the theatre of the world, par before us in their proper character ; ato render an account of their actions at the sal of posterity, as models which ought to zolowed, or as examples to be censured and

The infractions that events afford, are the soul a kutory'; which doubtless ought to be a true latin of real facts during the period it pete An effential requisite in an histohi i the knowledge of the truth; and as in A 2

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HISTORY has been stiled, “ The evidence 1 of time-The light of truth-The school of virtue–The depository of events.” It is calculated for the purposes of showing the principles on which states and empires have risen to power, and the errors by which they have fallen into decay, or been totally diffolved: and of pointing out the fatal effects of intestine divisions and civil wars, whether arising from the ambi, tion, weakness, or inattention of princes; or from the mercenary disposition, pride, and false policy of ministers and statesmen; or from mistaken ideas, and the abuse, of government and liberty, It should oblige all, who have performed any distinguished part on the theatre of the world, to appear before us in their proper character ; and to render an account of their actions at the tribunal of posterity, as models which ought to be followed, or as examples to be censured and avoided.

The instructions that events afford, are the soul of history; which doubtless ought to be a true relation of real facts during the period it respects. An essential requisite in an historian is the knowledge of the truth; and as in A 2

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