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dustry of man have been able to effect, in order to excite admiration at the sublimity of his conceptions, the depth of his scientific researches, and the grandeur of those structures, many of which have subsisted, almost unimpaired, for a long succession of ages, in testimony of his consummate skill, which could thus achieve monuments, at once so splendid, and of so imperishable a nature !

Those maryellous relations which the mischievous fancy of travellers has too often imposed on the credulity of the weak, as well as the fables founded in bigotry, which were received as truths in the dark ages, have been sedulously shunned: where the subjects treated have incidentally led to them, they have, on the other hand, been as carefully ex

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