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VOY A GERO UND THE WORLD.

INTRODUCTION.

Voyages of circumnavigation have been so frequent of late, this being the fourth within seven years by American vessels of war, that neither novelty nor originality of matter or manner can be looked for in this work, though few ships have pursued the varied and extensive track of the Peacock. I, therefore, only promise the reader news of the several remote countries visited in relation to their manners, political state, commerce and religion, upon which topics the best sources of information have been carefully consulted.

Let me caution the reader against expecting much in the way of light description and graceful anecdote; “No vamos à bodas sino à rodear el mundo,” said Sancho, when he bade Mari Fernandez to prepare every thing for setting out in search of adventures. I will say with simple Sancho, “We are not bound on a party of pleasure, but around the world,” and though we may not expect in these days to encounter giants and dragons, we may happen upon many pleasant adventures. Therefore, Reader, be gentle and generous, and bear in mind Sancho's remark; and when you encounter a dry statistical chapter, think it is one of the hardships of voyaging with us, and sustain yourself to the toil of reading it through, cheered with a hope of something pleasant thereafter, and the reflection, it will be for your good; and I will venture to assert, you will rise from the perusal improved in your knowledge, and, what is more important to me, without a disposition to blame the author for the little he has contributed to your amusement. That the volume contains no pleasant stories to divert, nor “strange tales of strange endurance" to move, is not his fault; for had events transpired during the cruise,

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ROUND THE WORLD;

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AN EMBASSY TO MUSCAT AND SIAM,

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1835, 1836, and 1837.

BY

W. S. W. RUSCIIENBERGER, M. D.

SURGEON, U $. NAVY; HON. MEMBER OF THE PHILADELPHIA MEDICAL

SOCIETY ; MEMBER OF THE ACADEMY OF NATURAL

SCIENCES OF PHILADELPINA, &c.

AUTHOR OP " TUREE YEARS IN THE PACIFIC."

" J'ai dit le bien et le mal avec le même franchise.- Rocssrau.
Believe me, I speak as my understanding instructs me; and as mine honesty puts it to
utterance."

THE WINTER's Tale.

PHILADELPHIA:

CAREY, LEA & BLANCHARD.

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