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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

EARL CORNWALLIS,

KNIGHT OF THE MOST NOBLE ORDER OF THE

GARTER; ONE OF HIS BRITANNICK MAJESTY'S HONOURABLE PRIVY COUNCIL; LIEUTENANTGENERAL OF HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES; GOVER

NOR-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.

My LORD,

DedicatORY praise hath ever been suspected of fincerity; and passes, indeed, among men of the world, as a strain of turgid language, designed to court favour, footh the vanity of a patron, or — in its best sense, to express the hafty dictates of gratitude. Yet, I have the con

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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 sanction; 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 refift 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,

Rome, has been ordinarily followed by neglect, obscurity, and oftentimes disgrace, opened a more extenfive field for the display of Your Lordship’s endowments; and like the blafts of Winter on the rooted oak, hold out honourable testimony of superior strength.

In the Eastern world, Your LORDSHIP has been opposed 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 ftate ; 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 clofe this addrefs, with a zealous wish, that Your Lordship may yet

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continue to govern the British dominion in India, and complete the work that already hath assumed fo fair an aspect. The sacrifice is great, but the reward is still greater ; it will reach beyond the sovereign's bounty, or the peoples praise.

I have the Honour to be,
With the most profound respect,

My Lord,
Your Lordship's

Most devoted,

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