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By Mr. de VOLTAIRE,
AUTHOR of the HENRIADE.

The Second Editiou,
Corrected by Himself.

18.06.10

LONDON;
Printed for N. Prevost and Comp. at the

Ship, over-against S uthampton-street, in
the Strand, M.DCC.XXVIII.

(Price stitch'd 15. 6d.)

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ADVERTISE MENT

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has the Appearance of too great a Pre

Jumption in a Traveller, who hath been .but eighteen Months in England, to attempt

to write in a Language, which he cannot prom nounce at all, and which he hardly understands in Conversation. But I have done what we do every day at School, where we write Latin and Greek, tho' surely we pronounce them both very pitifully, and should understand neither of them if they were uttered to us with the right Roman or Greek Pronuncia, tion.

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I look upon the English Language as a learned one, which deserves to be the Objet of our Application in France, as the French Tongue is thought a kind of Accomplishment in England.

Besides, I did not learn English for my Private Satisfa&tion and Improvement only, but out of a kind of Duty.

I am ordered to give an Account of my fourney into England. Such an Undertaking can no more be attempted without understanding the Language, than a Scheme of Astronomy could be laid without the help of Mathematicks. And I have not a mind to imitate the late Mr. Sorbieres, who having staid three Months in this country without knowing any Thing, either of its Manners or of its Language, thought fit to print a Relation which proved but a dull Scurrilous Satyr upon a Nation be knew nothing of

Our European Travellers for the most part are satyrical upon their neighbouring Countries, and bestow large Praises upon the Persians and Chinese ; it being too natural to revile those who stand in Competition with us, and to extol those who being far remote from us, are out of the reach of Envy.

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The true Aim of a Relation is to inftru£t Men, not to gratify their Malice. We should be bufied chiefly in giving faithful Accounts of all the useful Things and of the extraordinary Persons, whom to know, and to imitate, would, be a Benefit to our Countrymen. A Traveller who writes in that Spirit, is a Merchant of a nobler Kind, who imports into his native Country the Arts and Virtues of other Nations.

I will leave to others the Care of describing with Accuracy, Paul's Church, the Monument, Westminster, Stonehenge, &c. I consider England in another View; it strikes my Eyes as it is the Land which hath produced a Newton, a Locke, a Tillotson, a Milton, a Boyle, and many great Men either dead or alive, whole Glory in War, in State-Affairs, or in Letters, will not be confined to the Bounds of this isand.

Whosoever had the Honour and the Happiness to be acquainted with any of them, and will do me the favour to let me know some notable (though perhaps not enough known) Palages of their Lives, will confer an 06ligation not only upon me, but upon the Publick,

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