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AN

INTERESTING NARRATIVE

OF THE

TRAVELS

O F

JAMES BRUCE, Esq.

INTO

ABYSSINIA,

TO DISCOVER THE

SOURCE OF THE NILE.

ABRIDGED FROM THE ORIGINAL WORK.

THE SECOND EDITION.

BY SAMUEL SHAW, Esq.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR H. D. SYMONDS,
PATERNOSTER-ROW.

BOOL LIBR 9-MOV 1940 OXFORD

T

PREFACE.

HESE celebrated Travels, which were performed in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, and 1773, abound with events fo wonderful and extraordinary, that were not the character of Mr. Bruce indifputably established, a common reader would be. induced to look upon this work as the fabrication of a romantic brain. Wherever we attend Mr. Bruce through travels accomplished with fuch astonishing perfeverance and intrepidity, whether we follow him through barren and burning fandy deferts, or view him furrounded by tribes of treacherous and bloodthirfty favages, in every fituation, the protecting hand of that over-ruling power whose particular providence fome fceptics have been hardy enough to difpute, appears eminently ftriking and apparent.

The science of Geography has received material improvements from the Discoveries of Mr. Bruce the latitude and longitude, the cuftoms and manners, laws and commerce, of many nations, unvifited before by any European, are here brought forth to the infpection of the curious.

Notwithstanding the utility and pleasure that may be derived from Mr. Bruce's Travels, yet

that

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