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L O N D O N :
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

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PREFAOE TO THE ABRIDGMENT.

THE interest felt in the discoveries on the site of Nineveh having been so general, it was suggested to me that an abridgment of my work on “ Nineveh and its Remains,” published in a cheap and popular form, would be acceptable to the public. I had already commenced such an abridgment, when I was called away on a second expedition into Assyria, which left me no leisure for literary occupations.

On my return to England, I found that several inaccurate and incomplete accounts of my first researches had already been published. I determined, therefore, to complete without delay the abridged work which is now presented to the public.

In this abridgment I have omitted the second part of the original work, introducing the principal Biblical and historical illustrations into the narrative, which has thus, I hope, been rendered more useful and complete.

As recent discoveries, and the contents of the inscriptions, as far as they have been satisfactorily decyphered, have confirmed nearly all the opinions expressed in the

original work, no changes on any material points have

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