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In preparing the following pages for your use, the author has endeavored to make the language very plain, and easy to be understood; and to write nothing about ancient times, which is not supposed by historians to be exactly true. She has preferred writing upon Ancient History, because she thinks there are many things in it very interesting and very instructive to the young; and because there were no books on that subject, which were suitable for you. They are all too large and too expensive, and written for older people; and it would be difficult for you to understand them.
The author does not suppose she has written a book that is perfect : and she expects, if it should attract the notice of the critics, they will find, or think they find, many faults in it. However, if there be any thing really
wrong or improper in the book, the author hopes your friends will tell us of it; so that you may not be injured by it, and that she may know how to write the better, another time.
When you have read this little work, if you will let her know that you and your parents are pleased with it, she will endeavor, when she has leisure, to write one or two more volumes ; in which she will tell you of the Macedonians and their famous kings; and of the Jews, God's ancient people; and also of the Romans, that powerful nation, who conquered almost all that was then known of Europe, Asia, and Africa, and who governed all these countries at the time when Christ was upon earth.
In the intervening time, she wishes you to think of her as your affectionate friend,
Demi-gods: Kings, Busiris: Osymandius: His
war with the Bactrians: His Mausoleum: Uc-
Anecdotes of Cyrus : Cambyses invades Egypt,
and Ethiopia : His cruelities : llis death :
Time in which most of the wise men of Greece
flourished : Plato : Dionysius, elder and young-