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AN ACCURATE CHRONOLOGY OF
ALL PAST TIME,
CLASSIFICATION OF ALL THE ECLIPSES FROM
C R E A T I O N .
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T h e B u f f a l o E l e c t r o t y p e a n d E n g r a v in g C o . ,
BUFFALO, N. Y ., U. S. A.
C o p y r i g h t , 18 9 0 .
By ALEX. GLEASON. .
R e - c o p y r i g h t e d a n d R e - w r i t t e n ,
R e v i s e d a n d E n l a r g e d , 1 8 9 3 .
r [~\0 that class of citizens who are
. known as “ Honest Skeptics,”
and lovers of “ demonstrated truth,”
is this revised volume dedicated by the
We assign no m an to oblivion because of a
difference of opinion.
Let God and His Works be true, though
they prove all men false.
HO W many extraordinary changes have w e witnessed in physical, as well as political and scientifical sciences,
and in opinions, as also in the individuals w ho have borne a
conspicuous, aind deservedly honored part, in the affairs of the
civilized world during the memory of the pioneers o f the
present generation ! How important have been the results of
the numberless voyages of discovery, revolutions of society,
of states and.the wars, which have excited an intense interest
during that period: an interest which has been the more
constantly kept up, as the facility of communication between
all the branches of the great human family, which seems,, at the
same time, to have gone on increasing in proportion to the
multitude of events and circumstances; the manifest evidence
of which truths are more strange, interesting, and of far more
importance to man, than fiction. Anciently, centuries would
elapse ere the most important facts could pass the barriers
which an imperfect knowledge of the navigation of the ocean
caused, or that the diversity o f languages be regained, which
the Lord in His wisdom confounded at the Tow er of Babel, in
the yejir 2217 A. M, or 1782 B. C.
VI FROM THE PUBLISHERS.
W e can but call the inquiring mind to the rapid strides of
art and knowledge of every branch. • For instance: the charac
ters used in arithmetic, brought into Europe by the Saracens
991 A. D. Algebra introduced into Europe; by the same
nationality in 1412 A. D.
The age of Arabic learning lasted about 500 years, and
was coeval with the darkest period of the history of Europe.
But., as westward, the sun of science bore its sway,
In the Bast, he closes the drama of their day.
In comparison with the present state of the world, how
small was the theater on which the gods of Grecian fable and
the heroes of Grecian history performed their parts in »
that interesting d ram a! During the period of Roman history,
it is true, the field of civilization had become much more en
larged; but, in our ow n times, it has extended unto the
remotest bounds of the inhabitable earth. In view of these
considerations, it becomes necessary for every well informed
man, w ho Would keep his relative place during this advance
stage of society, to possess himself of all means of knowledge,
which might have been• dispensed with in former periods;
the knowledge of the different sciences and arts, closely con
nected as they ever have been, having now more common
bonds of union than in the preceding ages.
"M any shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be in
creased. " W hether this running to and fro refers to the rapid
and numerous means of transportation of the people from place
to place, or the increase of knowledge in the sciences, or the
increase of knowledge in reference to those things spoken to
the Prophet Daniel (as some people think, which he was
commanded to close up " a n d seal even to the time of
the end”); in either case, the fulfilment is manifest. Says
an eminent writer in quoting the Scientific American:
FROM THE PUBLISHERS. VII
“ W ithin the last fifty years more advancement has been made
in all scientific attainments, and more progress in all that tends \
to domestic comfort, the rapid transaction of business among
men, and the transmission of intelligence from one to another,
than all that was done for three thousand years previous put
together. ” ,
In union there is strength, providing always, that in that
union there is harmony.
The publishers of this w ork have not united their efforts
for the purpose of promulgating the doctrinal tenets of any
theological denomination, or opinions of any set of m e n ; but
for the primary purpose of giving to the public, such demon
strated facts, as science from a critical Geodetic and Astro
nomical standpoint may reveal. Upon the religious views of
denominations w e make no attack, but the author and com
piler is supposed to give only facts, such as bring to light the
infallible W ord of God as being in harmony with the science of
nature, and there leave every man to choose for himself. The
writer of this work has spent much time and means in making
research, in the scientific archives of other countries, as well
as his ow n practical exertions to arrive at facts concerning those
things which the masses take for granted, and which things
are clung tenaciously to. by some persons w ho regard a popular
error o f more value than an unpopular truth.
A great and lasting benefit to the readers of this w ork will
be derived in the study of the chronological work as given in
this book and authenticated by the “ British Chronological and
Astronomical Association,” of London, England. The work
consists of a classification of “ All Past T im e ” by cycles of
eclipses and transits, from creation to the present date. These
are so tabulated and made so plain, that the boy that can read
and comprehend the multiplication, table can give the date of
VIII f r o m t h e p u b l is h e r s . ' , ,
\ every eclipse, Lunar or Solar, that has transpired since the
world b eg an ; also, all future, on the* same principle; and all of 1
this with the simple knowledge of the first or lower branches
of common arithmetic.
W ith these considerations w e commend this work to the
lovers of truth and reform.
“ Why I Believe as I Do,” is the Result of Truth
NO one will deny that by making practical experiments, , and collecting undeniable facts, arranging them logically,
and observing the results, will give the investigator the greatest
satisfaction. “ An hypothesis,” says Webster, “ is a supposi
tion, a proposition, or principle which is supposed, or taken
for granted, in order to draw a,conclusion or inference for
proof of the point in question—something not proven, but as
sumed for the purpose of argum ent.” A system* or theory
imagined or assumed to account for known facts or phenom
ena. This latter method often leads the truth seeker to sad
results and severe disappointments. (The writer speaks from
experience in this case.) Therefore, it is the purpose of this
work to offer such facts as have been demonstrated, and to
that extent that they are beyond a doubt, or cite the reader to
the most simple means of demonstrating the propositions.
W hilst our purpose is not for the sake of “ argum ent,” but for
sake of the truth, w e propose not to exclude all hypothesis,
but ask the candid investigator and searcher for truth to give
demonstrated and axiomatical (self-evident) facts the pref
Again, it cannot be reasonably expected that within the
province o f this small work, that the writer will explain all .the
phenomena that may arise to the thinking mind, or meet the
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fancied objections of the caviller. Therefore w e will, in some
instances, let one demonstrated fa c t on the point or prime
proposition stand as settled, until such a time as the seemingly
and know n phenomenal objection can be removed or explained
by sonrie other cause. As “ truth is no part of a lie,” w e may
rest assured that the latter must, sooner or later, die, while
the former is immortal. Therefore, w e must conclude, and in
sist, that “ One Demonstrated Fact" is no less the Truth,
though there may be a hundred phenomenal existences appar
ently against it.
“ W h a t is T r u t h ? ” “ W h e r e a n d W h a t is t h e S t a n d
a r d ?” This is to be the first and prime interrogation of this
work. If there is no standard, then each and every man is left
to the merciless winds of doctrine, blown by every street vender
or theological quack. ]There is no book or platform suffi
cient to contain all of God’s truth; the “ five senses” are ours
to exercise and improve, and while we would not advise inde
pendence of spirit, l