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I.

THE TENTH

ANNIVERSARY DISCOURSE,

Delivered 28 February, 1793,

BY THE PRESIDENT,

ON

ASIATIC HISTORY,

CIVIL AND NATURAL.

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BEFORE our entrance, Gentlemen, into the Disquisition promised at the close of Ninth Annual Discourse, on the particular Advantages which may be derived from our concurrent Researches in Asia, it seems necessary to fix, with precision, the sense in which we mean to speak of advantage or utility. Now, as we have described the five Asiatic regions on their largest scale, and have expanded our conceptions in portion to the magnitude of that wide field, we should use those words which comprehend the fruit of all our inquiries, in their most extensive acceptation; including not only the solid con

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