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J O U R N E Y
BENGAL TO ENGLAND,
THE NORTHERN PART OF INDIA,
INTO RUSSIA, BY THE CASPIAN-SEA.
PRINTED FOR R. FAULDER, NEW BOND-STREET,
TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
KNIGHT OF THE MOST NOBLE ORDER OF THE
GARTER; ONE OF HIS BRITANNICK MAJESTY'S HONOURABLE PRIVY COUNCIL ; LIEUTENANTGENERAL OF HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES; GOVERNOR-GENERAL AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF ALL THE POSSESSIONS AND FORCES OF HIS BRI. TANNICK MAJESTY, AND OF THE HONOURABLE THE UNITED COMPANY OF MERCHANTS OF ENG
LAND, IN THE EAST-INDIES, &c. &c. &c.
DEDICATORY praise hath ever been fufpected of sincerity; and passes, indeed, among men of the world, as a strain of turgid language, designed to court favour, footh the vanity of a pation, or in its best sense, to express the hafty dictates of gratitude. — Yet, I have the con
fidence to hope, that the tenor of this dedication will deserve a less severe censure, and that it will be even said, I have narrowed the limits of my subject.
When I had resolved to intrude my book of Travels' on the notice of the public, I naturally looked around, being an unknown author, for some name, to give it a fanction; not the sanction of wealth or grandeur ; for they are not always the criterion of worth: but that which was to be obtained from the man, who stood eminent for the qualities which most essentially contribute to the honour and welfare of his country.
The object of this search, which does not cross the eye at every glance, was seen with pleasure ; and though the uses derived from it may be deemed presumptuous, I could not resist the desire of fixing so bright an ornament to my work; and of offering · however slender, my tribute of applause to actions, which demand a distinguished page in the annals of our nation. Ill Fortune, which from the day of ancient
Rome, has been ordinarily followed by neglect, obscurity, and oftentimes disgrace, opened a more extensive field for the difplay of Your Lordship’s endowments; and like the blasts of Winter on the rooted oak, hold out honourable testimony of superior strength.
In the Eastern world, Your Lornship has been oppofed to an enemy far more formidable,
the possession of a power never before exercised by a British subject; not even committed to the first magistrate of our state; and which extends over a spacious region, a numerous and wealthy people. Yet, far removed from controul, in a land whose every principle of government is actuated by a rapacious avarice, whose people never approach the gate of authority without an offering, we have seen, and with wonder, the inflexible maintainance of an integrity, only to be be equalled by a temperate use of command.
But, panegyrick being the least grateful where it is the most due, I will close this address, with a zealous wish, that Your Lordship may yet