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WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS FROM SKETCHES BY MR, HERING.

Beata Ungheria: se non si lascia
Più malmenare.

Dante.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

M.DCCC.XXXIX.

TO HER

FOR WHOSE PLEASURE THIS WORK WAS UNDERTAKEN,

BY WHOSE SMILES ITS PROGRESS HAS

BEEN ENCOURAGED,

AND AT WHOSE DESIRE IT IS NOW PUBLISHED,

I DEDICATE IT

IN TESTIMONY OF MY AFFECTION

AND ESTEEM.

J. P.

PREFACE

BEFORE proceeding with this Work, there are one or two matters which I may as well explain to the reader. Such a mark of my confidence will, I trust, incline him not only to treat me more leniently, but enable him also to judge of me more fairly, and so accuse me only of those faults of which I am really guilty.

I would not willingly deceive him in anything. I am deeply interested in the welfare of Hungary, and I have thought that one great means of promoting it would be to extend the knowledge of that country in the west of Europe, and more especially in England. But although I naturally wish that others should partake of the interest which I feel, I have not thought it either just or wise to conceal, or to gloss over, faults existing either in the country, its institutions, or its in

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