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UNIVERSAL HISTORY

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CHRISTIAN MARTYRDOM:

FROM

THE BIRTH OF OUR BLESSED SAVIOUR

TO

THE LATEST PERIODS OF PERSECUTION.

ORIGINALLY COMPOSED BY

THE REV. JOHN FOX, A. M.

AND NOW CORRECI ED THROUGHOUT, WITH COPIOUS AND IMPORTANT ADDITIONS RELATIVB

TO THE RECENT PERSECUTIONS IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

NEW EDITION : EMBELLISHED WITH SIXTY FINE ENGRAVINGS.

PHILADELPHIA:

E. C. BIDDLE, 3, MINOR STREET.

STEREOTYPED BY J. HOWE.

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

GIFT OF

BERNARD BERENSON

OCT 13 1938

TRINTED BY T. K. & P. G. COLLINS, PHILA.

گرم /- رد

EDITOR'S PREFACE

TO

THE LAST ENGLISH EDITION.

In preparing the present Edition for the press, the greatest diligence has been used in collecting from various sources the best information on the subjects of which it treats. Well aware how difficult it is to fix attention by a tedious account of theological disputations, we have excluded the detail, while we have carefully preserved the spirit, of those controversies which had for their object the establishment of truth, or the refutation of error. The language, which had been corrupted and barbarized in successive impressions, has, in this, been corrected and polished; and, we trust, we may say, without the imputation of vanity, that it is, in all respects, better worthy of a place in the library of every Protestant family, than any of its predecessors. Indeed, if the unexampled patronage of the public be a proof of the excellence of a work, ours must rank high indeed; to state the real number of the circulation of previous editions would look like exaggeration; we shall therefore merely say, that while it exceeded our most sanguine hopes, it gratified our warmest wishes, by demonstrating that there still exists a truly Protestant spirit among our cuntrymen—and while this spirit survives, we know that they can never become the dupes of Popery and its abettors.

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