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LONDON:
PRINTED FOR T. CADELL, AND W. DAVIES, STRAND;
AND BLACKS AND PARRY, BOOKSELLERS TO THE HONOURABLE

THE EAST-INDIA COMPANY, LEADENHALL STREET.

PREFACE.

1 Now deliver to the public the Sixth Volume of the Asiatic Annual Register, which Work I originally planned, and have solely conducted. The motives which have hitherto induced me to conceal, and which now determine me to publish my name are merely personal, and therefore too immaterial to be mentioned. But it inay somewhat lessen that dissatisfaction which the irregular publication of the Work has occasioned, to know, that it has been compiled and written, in the midst of the most distressing difficulties, from my own sources of information, and by my own labour, with inconsiderable assistance from the contributions of correspondents, and with no other encouragement than the barren commendation of the public. With a just sense, however, of that commendation, I have persevered in my undertaking, and have made every practicable exertion to support it.

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