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LIST OF BOOKS
RECOMMENDED AND REFERRED TO IN THE LECTURES
ON MODERN HISTORY.
to be the following:
Butler on the German Constitution, the subjects there mentioned to be followed up in Gibbon.
(2.) Hénault's, or Millot's Abridgment of the History of France ; or the History of France, lately published by D'Anquetil (not the Universal History,) in 14 small 8vo. volumes; with the Observations sur l'Histoire de France, by the Abbé de Mably, a book quite invaluable.
Voltaire's Louis XIV. &c. &c, and Charles XII., with the Memoirs of Duclos,
(3.) Robertson's Historical Works, with most of Coxe's House of Austria, and Watson's Philip II.
(4.) Hume and Millar,
Burke's European Settlements—Belsham and Adolphus (neither without the other)— Historical Parts of Annual Register. (5.)
(1.) To these may be added (to make a Second Course);
koch on the Middle Ages, an excellent book; and Butler's Horæ Juridicæ, for different codes of law, &c.
(2.) To these may be added;
Harte's Gustavus Adolphus-parts of Roscoe's Lorenzo de Medici, and more particularly parts of his Leo X. ; with Planta's Helvetic Confederacy.
(4.) To these may be added ;
Macpherson's and Dalrymple's Original Papers, with Fox's History of James II. and the Appendix.
(5.) To these may be added ;
Lacretelle's Histoire de France pendant le XVIII. Siècle, afterwards his
To all these may again be added (to make a Third Course):
Russel's Modern Europe may supply the rest; and the volumes of the Modern L'niversal History may be referred to, for accounts of every state and kingdom : the best authors are mentioned in their margins.
Priestley's Lectures should be looked at for the Nature of Historical Authorities, &c. &c.
For Chronology there is a great French work, L'Art de vérifier les Dates. Dufresnoy may be met with easily.
This appears to be the shortest course of Historical Reading that can be proposed.
But Adam Smith should also be studied, and the work of Mr. Malthus, with the works in morals and metaphysics.
Of Statesmen and Legislators, History and Political Economy are the professional studies, and are never to cease.
The Books referred to in the Lectures, down to the end of the American war, were the following:
Cæsar-Tacitus (de Mor. Ger.), for Romans and Barbarians; with the three first chapters of Gibbon, and the 9th.- Lindenbrogius, for Barbarian Codes : Salique Code to be read — Baluze, for Capitularies—Butler on the German Constitution-Ditto Hora Juridica— Rankin's History of France, to be looked at-Gregory of Tours in Duchesne-Hlénault's Abridgment of the History of France-Millot's ditto-D'Anquetil's History of FranceAbbé de Mably's Observations, &c.-Pfeffel, for German History-Stuart's View of Society-Koch on the Middle Ages, of which the last edition in 1807 is the best.
In the Middle Ages the leading points are:
1st, Clovis (see Gibbon). 2nd. Pepin (see Montesquieu). 3rd. Charlemagne (Latin Life of, by Eginhart). 4th. Elective nature of the crown in Germany, and hereditary in France (Pfeffel and Mably). 5th. Temporal Power of the Popes (Butler-Koch-Gibbon, 491h chap). 6th. Feudal Systein. Montesquieu (but more particularly Mably, Robertson, Millar, and Stuart's View of Society). 7th. Chivalry. St. Palaye (his work to be found in the 20th volume of Mémoires de l'Académie). 8th. Popes and Emperors (Gibbon, Koch, Giannone, 5th chap. 19th book). 9th. Hanseatic League, &c. (Pfeffel). And 10th, the Crusades (Gibbon).
МАНОМЕТ. Sale's Koran-Preface of, and Preliminary Dissertation, with a few chapters of the Koran itself.
Prideaux's life of Mahomet is not long, but seems not very good.
The Modern Universal History may be looked at-50th chap. &c. of Gibbon-White's Bampton Lectures—Ockley's History of the Saracens, to be looked at.
Neal's History of the Puritans-Fox's Martyrs. And also Burnet's History of the Reformation-Ludlow -- Life of Colonel Hutchinson-Whitelocke.
Harris's Lives of the Stuaris, &c. &c. will be found full of information, and Somerville's History of William and Anne should be read, with Coxe's Sir Robert
FRENCII HISTORY. TIÉNAULT and Millot, and D'Anquetil's History to be read, and important subjects to be further considered in the great historians—Velly-Père Daniel—but Velly recommended, a work of great detail and value, continued by Villaret, and afterwards by Garnier, but not yet half finished.
Robertson's Charles V., Introduction of-Smith's Wealth of Nations; the chapters in the 3rd book, on progress of Towns, &c., will give the Student an idea of the progress of society in the Middle Ages.
ENGLISH HISTORY. Tacitus’ Agricola-Suetonius—Wilkins on Saxon Laws—Hume's Appendix - Millar on the English Constitution-Nicolson's Historical LibraryPriestley's Lectures on History—Delolme and Blackstone-Blackstone on the Charters to be read-Sullivan's Law Lectures, close of, for his Observations on Magna Charta—Monkish Historians by Twysden, Camden--Gale, &c.—Lingard.
SPANISH HISTORY. For the Moors, &c. in Spain, see Gibbon, chapters in 5th vol. 4to. 51, 52, and a late Work by Murphy—Mariana, the great historian, of whom there is a character in Gibbon, and a translation by Stevens; but the 16th and 17th vols. of the Modern History may be looked at, along with Mr. Gibbon's Outlines in the second volume of his Memoirs--Robertson's Introduction to Charles V.-then his Charles V. and Watson's Philip II.-Pfeffel from Rodolph to Charles V. may be looked at, and Coxe's House of Austria, with Planta's History, for the rise of the House of Austria, the Swiss Canions and Helvetic Confederacy; and for Italy and the Popes, 69th and 70th chapters of Gibbon will be sufficient.
FRENCH HISTORY TO LOUIS XII. ABBÉ de Mably-Robertson's Introduction to Charles V. and three Notes, 38, 39, 40—Parts of Philip de Commines, for Burgundy and Life of Louis XI.- Notices taken by Hume of the French history.
ENGLISH HISTORY TO HENRY VIII. Home's Reign of Edward III. pages 490 and 491, 8vo. edit. compared with Cotton's Abridgment of the Records—Cobbett's Parliamentary History Henry's History may be looked at, when Cotton, Brady, Tyrrell, Carte, cannot be consulted-Bacon's Life of Henry VII.-Monkish Historians-Sir J. Hayward-Lingard.
REVIVAL OF LEARNING, ETC. REFORMATION. INTRODUCTION to the Literary History of the 14th and 15th Centuries (Cadell, 1798), worth looking at, and not long—Mosheim's State of Learning in the 13th and 14th Centuries–Gibbon, chapters 53 and 66—Lorenzo de Medici, parts of--and more particularly of Leo X. by Roscoe—Read the accounts of the Reformation, 1st, in Robertson's Charles V.; 2nd, History