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LONDON:

Printed by Schulze and Co., 13, Poland Street.

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TO

JOHN BERNARD BURKE, ESQ.,

OF THE INNER TEMPLE.

My dear Sir, If there be one reason why I should regret the years I have passed in the lands described in the following pages, that reason assuredly is, that during my absence in the East, I was deprived of the pleasure of cultivating your friendship.

The cordial and sincere regard which subsists between our respective families, has now extended over a quarter of a century; and I have from early years learnt to watch with admiration your amiable character, and successful career.

To you, then, my dear Sir, by a natural im

pulse, I had in prospective already inscribed my book, long ere it assumed a definite form; and you must now allow me to realize my wish, and accept, at the same time, my first dedication, and my lasting regard.

Your's, most truly and faithfully,

THE AUTHOR.

London, July 22, 1851.

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