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HISTORY is the relation of events in the order of their occurrence, with reference to their causes and effects. The basis, therefore, of history is facts, and the advantage to be derived from its study depends on truth. But all writers have their prejudices—where then can we seek for truth? The question is an important one, and its consideration gave rise to the proposed Series. The history of one nation necessarily includes that of other nations. Can we separate the history of France from the history of England ? From the Conquest to the present hour, what has been the triumph of the one, but the defeat of the other? What is a history of France written by an Englishman, but another version of the history of England? Truth then must be sought for by comparing historical records of other countries with our own. This, however, requires more learning and leisure than in the hard struggle for existence falls to the lot of most men. But, as a general knowledge of history is desirable, and as no more time is occupied in reading one volume than another, it is proposed to translate the most popular histories of all nations; and, in general, those works will be selected which are authorized and read in the several state colleges. This is the object contemplated by the projected Series of truly National Histories. Each work will be complete in itself. The second of the Series will be a translation of Bonnechose's History of France (the two volumes in one), to be followed by the History of Germany, and others in due course, and published at such a price as shall bring them within the reach of all classes.
FEB. 28, 1838.