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EXTENT, BOUNDARIES, AND NATURAL PRODUCTIONS,
MANUFACTURES AND CURIOSITIES
Several thousand Places not to be met with in any fimilar Gazetteer.
H. D. SYMONDS, PATERNOSTER-ROW; VERNOR AND HOOD,
BIRCHIN-LANE; AND C. D. PIGUENIT, ALDCATĘ.
"HE use of an Universal Gazetteer, to those who feel any interest
at all in what is going on in the world at large, is too obvious to need pointing out. It's name seems to imply, that it is the companion, or accompaniment of the newspaper, or gazette, which latter name was derived from the gazetta, a small coin of Venice, the original price of these periodical chronicles in that commercial republic.
A work of this kind, necessarily formed of materials brought from every quarter of the world, at uncertain and different periods, and, generally, by we know not whom, is peculiarly liable to errors, and the compiler must confine himself within very narrow bounds, indeed, if he do not submit to these imperfections.
In the compilation of this work, the latest and most authentic accounts have been consulted; from travelling, the author has been enabled to correct several errors, and from correspondents he has received descriptions of some places, which are certainly the best and most accurate that have been yet offered to the public in this way.
Towns and places of note are described at length, or form distinct paragraphs; the names of these are given in capitals. Those to which an atterisk, or star, is prefixed, are the post-towns of Great Britain and Ireland. Even villages, hamlets, and single houses, in these islands, have been mentioned, and, in some instances, their situations pretty precisely told; but these, as inferior articles, are given in a different character, or letter, and do not forin different paragraphs, but are carried on in continuity, generally forming only distinct periods. The expressions of inferior and considerable, or of note, are meant not in reference to wealth but to population. If errors occur in the places of less note, which they probably may, or, indeed, necessarily must, (for, in attempting to make this the completest geographical index extant, works of more dubious authority have also been consulted) it may be well enough to caution the reader to suspend for awhile his smiles and his sagacious remarks, and analogical conclusions, " that if a place, which he knows, be inaccurately described, he may reasonably suppose that others are also incorrect, and that placestore remote, or diftant, mult necessarily be more false." It will only, in such case, be the part of candour to consider, that such places are perhaps but little visited by travellers, and scarcely kuown