Lights and Shades of the East: Or a Study of the Life of Baboo Harrischander; And Passing Thoughts on India and Its People, Their Present and Future (Classic Reprint)

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This is the writer's first essay in English, which he has prepared only in hasty in tervals of leisure from heavy studies and avocations in life; and though the ms. Has been, as already noted, inspected by English scholars, the writer does not hesitate to say that, being desirous to appear in his native and independent garb, howflegfifimble and awkward it be, he has 1101: asked any one of his English friends to add or alter aught, either to ensure correctness or perfect elegance in his work. There may, therefore, be dis covered faults of taste as well as idiom and reasoning; but whatever may appear worthy of blame in the work, let the critic, when tempted to be harsh, take our inexperience into consideration, and he will learn to be lenient and unsearch ing. And it must never be forgotten, that writing, as the Author does, in a foreign language, acquired only in the schoolroom and the closet, born and living in a country of enervating climate.

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