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THE

HISTORY of the TURKISH,

OR

OTTOMAN EMPIRE,

FROM ITS FOUNDATION IN 1300,

TO THE PEACE OF BELGRADE IN 1740.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,

AN HISTORICAL DISCOURSE

ON

MAHOMET AND HIS SUCCESSORS,

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TRANSLATED from the FRENCH of MIGNOT, A
By A.

A. HAWKINS, Esq.

QUIDQUID DELIRANT REGES, PLECTUNTUR ACHIVI.

HORAT, J. Epift. 2. )

VOL. I.

EXETER :

PRINTED AND SOLD BY R. THORN.

SOLD ALSO BY

H. STOCKDALE, Piccadilly, and Messrs. SCATCHERD

and (VÌITAKER408-Maria-Lane, LONDON.

MDCCLXXXVII.

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TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE.

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THE English language, which can boast

an history of almost every nation, possesses Aot a complete one of the Turks. Among the many excellent historians of the present day, it is surprising that not one of them has employed his pen on the subject of this extensive empire. In order to fill

up

the chasm, I have ventured to give a translation of a history by abbot Mignot, which, for style, authorities, and arrangement, is universally allowed to be the best that has made its

appearance in any language. The access which the author had to the king of France's repofitory of foreign affairs, through favor of the duke of Choiseul, furnished him with the most authentic and interesting accounts of the Ottomans, and which must necessarily confer on his history a superiority over every other that has yet been published. The valuable

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