Comparative View of the Principal Rivers in the World
Miscellaneous; Illustration, Extract
Physical Geography, Navigation, Exploration, Progress, Utility, Wonder, Piety
Considers it due to 'the bold efforts of modern enterprise that we are indebted for the advances which have been made in geographical discovery'. Contrasts the ignorance of navigation and of distant lands in earlier ages with 'that intercourse between countries which the late rapid progress of science has now every where established'. (242) Surveys the history of geographical knowledge from ancient times. Praises the Geographical Annual, from which the illustration is extracted. Observes: 'These works of our Creator's power, wisdom, and goodness, are adapted to excite our admiration and praise; and let it be the constant endeavour of the young, while they contemplate them, to render unto Him the glory due unto his name' (241).
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