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Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1838, by Carey, LEA & Blanchard, in the Clerk's Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


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I beg you will receive the dedication of this volume, as a tribute of the esteem and respect of a friend, who, while he feels satisfied that he has spared no labor to make it worthy of being introduced to the world, under the sanction of your name, wishes it were more fitting your acceptance.

Very sincerely,

your friend,

and ob't. servant,


Philadelphia, February, 1838.



The following pages, besides the journal of an Embassy from the Government of the United States to the courts of Muscat, Siam, and Cochin-China, in the years 1835, 1836, and 1837, embrace sketches in Zanzibar, Arabia, Hindoostan, Ceylon, Java, Siam, Cochin-China, China, the Bonin Islands, the Sandwich Islands, the Californias, Mexico, &c.

The voyage round the world was performed on board of the U.S. Ship Peacock, commanded by C. K. Stribling, Esq., accompanied by the U. S. Schooner Enterprise, Lieutenant Commanding A. S. Campbell ; both vessels being under the command of Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy.

Since this volume was put to press, a posthumous work, drawn up from the journals and letters of Mr. Roberts, written during the years 1832–3–4, has been published, in which may be found a history of the first negotiations with the courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat. Both works refer occasionally to the same subjects, but they are distinct, and in no way similar. Though the volume by Mr. Roberts possesses great interest, it will be found that the present one, in relation to the embassy is much more complete, and it is hoped the reader will find it not less amusing.

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