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AN HISTORICAL VIEW OF THE WORLD,
FROM THE EARLIEST RECORDS TO THE YEAR 1808.
WITH A PARTICULAR REFERENCE
STATE OF SOCIETY, LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND FORM OF
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
BY DAVID RAMSAY, M. D.
TO WHICH IS ANNEXED,
“ Life is so short, and time so valuable, that it were happy for us if all "great works were reduced to their quintessence.” Sir William Jones.
“Primaque ab origine mundi “Ad mea perpetuum deducite tempora carmen."
IN WELTE VOLUMES,
COPI-RIGIT SECURED, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE FAMILY OF DOCTOR RAMSAY, AND
PRINTED BY ASSIGNMENT FROM THEM,
1874 April 28,
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA. BE IT REMEMBERED, that, on the twenty-fifth day of October, Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and nineteen, and in the f rty-fourth year of the independence of the United States of America, Eleanor H. L. Ramsay, Martha H L. Ramsay, Catharine H. L. Ramsay, Sabina E. Ramsay, David Ramsay, James Ramsay, Nathaniel Ramsay, and William Ramsay, deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit:
“Universal History Americanised; or, an Historical View of the World, “from the earliest records to the year 1808. With a particular reference to “the State of Society, Literature, Religion, and Form of Government, in the “ United States of America. By David Ramsay, M. D. To which is an. “nexed, a Supplement, containing a brief View of History, from the year “ 1808 to the battle of Waterloo."
“Life is so short, and time so valuable, that it were happy for us if all “'great works were reduced to their quintessence. Sir William Jones.
“Primaque ab origine mundi “* Ad mea perpetuum deducite tempora carmen.'
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JAMES JERVEY, District Clerk,
South Carolina District.
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THE Russian Empire in Asia extends the whole length of that continent, from the 37th degree of eastern to the 170th degree of western longitude from London, and from the 43d to the 78th degree of north latitude. A citizen of the United States may form some idea of the whole Russian empire, by supposing all North America, to the northward of the latitude of Boston, consolidated into one empire.
Asiatic Russia displays less variations of surface, than perhaps any other part of the globe of equal extent. Although, not wholly destitute of mountains, its principal character is that of an immense plain. The northern and eastern parts consist chiefly of vast marshy plains covered with almost perpetual snow, and pervaded by large rivers which pursue, under masses of ice, their dreary course to the Frozen Ocean. The immense forests of fir, pine, larch, and other trees, in the more southern parts of Siberia, may also be considered as one of the striking features of the country.
The sandy and marshy soils predominate. These, indeed, form the general characteristics of the country. The southern and western districts of Siberia consist chiefly of a rich black soil, remarkable for its fertility, but the northern parts are wholly incapable of agriculture. These, indeed, have been very little explored; but imagination, by representing to the