Excerpt from The Life of Peter the Great: Formerly Emperor of Russia But neither does the business of human life permit, or our natural curiosity require, to read over all the circumstances of the most illustrious lite, in order to form an idea of the person. Contemporaries may be pleased to View these particulars as they rise, but must wish, when the actions are over, to take a retrospect of them in a narrower compass, and t forever to have recourse to a journal. This will hold good at least in general 3 and for these who are of a contrary opinion, there were histories of the czar Peter already in print in their own taste, when we ventured to publish one more adapted to ours. If the merit of compiling gave a sanction to transcriptions in one particular, we thought that of abrid gin g might do it to extracts in ather. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.