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Stat sua cuique dies, breve et irreparabile tempus,

Omnibus est vita?: sed famam extendere factis

Hoc virtutis opus. Virgil.

They err, who count it glory to subdue

By conquest, far and wide, to over-run

Large countries, and in field great battles win.

It may by means far different be attaiu'd

Without ambition, war, or violence,

By deeds of peace, by wisdom eminent. Milton.

IN TWO VOLUMES.
VOL. I.

LONDON:

R. HUNTER, 72, ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD;
M. eATON, 187, HIGH-HOLBORN ; aND C. FOX, 67, PATERNOSTER-KOW.

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TO THE

RAJAH RAMMOHUN ROY.

My Dear Rajah, I Cannot deny myself the pleasure of expressing, on this page, the gratification your voyage to England has afforded me, in your personal acquaintance. This I had, for some time, been taught to desire, from the report of friends who had shared your society in India, and from the knowledge I had acquired of your valuable writings.

The purpose of those writings, the principles they inculcate, and the spirit and energy they discover, in the promotion of truth and righteousness, all serve to assure me that I shall, in the following pages, present to you an appropriate offering of respectful attachment. They will describe, chiefly in his own language, the progress, from earliest years to maturity, of one who had eminently listened to the dictate of eastern wisdom, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;" whether he were extending the boundaries of science, collecting or communicating the stores of literature, recommending a just and equitable civil policy, or, especially, cherishing

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