Travels in India, During the Years 1780, 1781, 1782, and 1783 (Classic Reprint)

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While I acknowledge my.' heart-felt obligations to one friend, it is not confifient with myeprefent feelings to Omit the kind attentions of another. My learned friend, Dr. Gregory, by his perufal and revifion of my manufcript, con tributed greatly to leffen my apprehenfions of that ordeal to which I was about to commit myfelf; and though he infifts upon my {ta-ting, that this corrections were almof't entirely verbal, yet I cannot but be iconfcious, that, withoutthcm, the work would have appeared in a f'til'l more imperfefi fiate.

After all, I am aware that I and (inneed of every candid allowance 'ou the part of my readers. It is evident that the {indies abfolutely requifite to any degree of profi ciency in a liberal art, and the practice of that art'after wards as a profefiion, can leave but little leifure for the cultivation of literature and perhaps my engagements have been even more unfavourable to this object than thofe of mofi artifts. A long circumnav1gation, and the profefiional la bour required in completing the works for Captain Cook's fecond voyage, occupied me for feveral years; and a voyage to India, with my different excurfions In that country, ah forbed no inconfiderable portion of my time and attention.

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