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PROSE AND VERSE

CHIEFLY WRITTEN IN INDIA

BY

DAVID LESTER RICHARDSON

SECOND EDITION

WITH CONSIDERABLE ADDITIONS

IN TWO VOLUMES

VOL. I.

LONDON

W. H. ALLEN & CO. LEADENHALL STREET

1840.

LENOA

NEW YORK

TO MRS. G. G. RICHARDSON,

MY DEAR AUNT,

ON THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THIS WORK I ADDRESSED IT TO ALL MY

PERSONAL FRIENDS WITHOUT DISTINCTION, BUT I DEDICATE THE PRESENT

EDITION EXCLUSIVELY TO YOURSELF.

I FEEL ASSURED THAT YOUR KIND

PARTIALITY WILL INDUCE YOU TO ACCEPT THE COMPLIMENT, SUCH AS IT IS,

IN

THE SPIRIT

IN WHICH IT IS OFFERED THAT YOU WILL DELIGHT

TO

DISCOVER THE MERITS OF THE BOOK, SHOULD THERE BE ANY TO REWARD

THE

SEARCH-AND THAT YOU WILL OVERLOOK OR EXTENUATE ITS MANY

IMPERFECTIONS.

TO BE ABLE TO FLATTER MYSELF WITH THE HOPE, THAT IN PERUSING

THE FOLLOWING PAGES IT WILL SEEM TO YOU AS THE RENEWAL OF A PER

SONAL INTERCOURSE WITH THE WRITER, AND THAT, WITH ALL YOUR NATURAL

GIFTS AND ELEGANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS, YOU WILL DERIVE SOME LITTLE

PLEASURE FROM HIS HUMBLE LABOURS, IS A GRATIFICATION THAT

MAY

EVEN ALLEVIATE THE PAIN OF ABSENCE.

THE YEARS THAT HAVE PASSED SINCE WE LAST MET, AND THE VAST WORLD

OF WATERS NOW ROLLING BETWEEN US, HAVE HAD NO OTHER EFFECT UPON

MY HEART THAN TO MAKE IT YEARN TOWARDS YOU WITH A MORE IMPATIENT

AND IRREPRESSIBLE AFFECTION,

BELIEVE ME TO REMAIN,

WITH THE UTMOST RESPECT AND GRATITUDE,

YOUR FRIEND AND NEPHEW,

D. L. RICHARDSON.

COSSIPORE, JANUARY, 1840.

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