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The Statistical Committee have met with the most willing and efficient support from the Government, and from the Parent Society. Access has been granted to al official records connected with the subjects of finance, commerce, education, an judicial administration. The Society has already contributed 500 Rs. to defray an expenses incurred by the Committee. High expectations are consequently entertaine. as to the harvest to be reaped from so fertile a field, by such active labourers, and under such warm and constant encouragement. The form best suited for the pub. lication of the documents already prepared has excited considerable discussion, and still awaits a final decision.
The Librarian has been kind enough to comply with our request for a detailed report of the accessions to our collection during the last year, and he has classified the entire under the heads of languages and subjects. We now beg leave to present his report, by which it appears that we have received,
Publications in English, - - 117 in French, .. -- 31 in Latin, 3 in German, .. - - 5 in Dutch, -- -- 2 in Persian, .. - - t; in Arabic, 4 in Turkish, .. I
Total, ... 174 up to the period of Mr. Csoma's Report.
On the last day of the old year, we had the pleasure of receiving from M. Cassix the highly important consignments exhibited on the table at the last meeting. 199 vols. 4to, and 8vo. 109 Pamphlets. The works in question embrace some of the most important and valuable publi. cations in every department of Natural History. The mode in which this supply has been obtained is also very gratifying, the expense having been defrayed by the sale of our Oriental Publications in Paris. It is pleasing to observe this reciprocation of benefits by the cultivation of apparently opposite pursuits—We have exchanged the ancient lore of the East, for the most modern and useful sciences of Europe. Each branch of our labors thus proves auxiliary to the other. The tesearches of the naturalist are promoted by the discoveries of the philologist and antiquarian, and thus, each in our particular sphere, we sustain the reputation and enhance the utility of a Society established for the universal purpose of investigating “whatever is performed by man or produced by nature” in the East.
- Museum of Natural History. Mr. Eva Ns has sent in an Annual Report, which will be published separately for your information. Miscellaneous. During the past year some miscellaneous passages in our history deserve to ** corded in our annual notice. In January we had the gratification of witnessing the erection in our apartm the bust of our distinguished associate, Professor Wilson. The feeling excited on
his occasion, led on the following month to the adoption of measures, by which we look *ar to an early installation of the like remembrances of Sir WM. Jones, of Mr. Coloradoxe, and Dr. Mill. This is indeed an object worthy of a grateful and wise Society, and must excite in the present Members the ambition of ultimately deserving oth mestimable rewards.
In February a despatch was received from the Court of Directors, ordering 40 copies death number of the Society's Journal—an act of generous patronage most fitly *lowed on the periodical, as it was then conducted. It was moreover but the forerunner of still greater muniticence, in the grant authorized in September of 500 Rupees **m for the encouragement of Oriental Publications.
Nor while we acknowledge this princely aid from Government, should we be silent ***rality of some individual benefactors. Among these, Mr. Mr. R stands pre*—his subscription of 1000 Rupees to the expenses of the “Sharira Pidaya” will ****longheinstrumental in placing a practical work on Anatomy within the reach *the hereditary physicians of the East. Another act of warm co-operation, and we * done. Let is commemorate the readiness with which Mr. JAMEs PRIN sep sus"*", by an outlay of 6,000 Rupees, the publication of the “Mahabharata,” which "wild otherwise have necessarily been discontinued. For this we are fortunately enabled to "unis, Mr. Prissee, but he is not the less entitled to this grateful notice "his unrivallel liberality.
* conclusion of this very imperfect Report, we should have dwelt in due and deo *" on the vast loss we have experienced in Mr. PRIN sep’s departure to * has not the subject been so fully and recently before the Society, and *** with in the President's address, we have now only to express * *mest hopes that in full health and spirit Mr. PRINsep may soon return to the **** brilliant and numerous triumphs. His absence must not however altoge* Mullify the movement he excited. It seems to us too that the best proof, of the ** affection in which we hold him, will be the perseverance in his pursuits, and ** support of his Journal, until his presence enables the Society to enjoy again **antage of his inestimable labours.
(Signed) J. C. C. SUTHERLAND,
W. B. O'SHAUGHNESSY, M. D.
THE AS IAT I C S O C I ET Y.
No. 88.—APRIL, 1839.
ART. I—Journal of the Mission which visited Boosan, in 1837-38, "Captain R. Boileau Pembertos. By W. GRIFFITH, Esq. Madras Medical Establishment.
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(Remarkson the nature of the country, especially its vegetation, boundaries, and
it. i—, - - - :-*-*gorernment, population, sects, character, customs, manners, and diet– *tical relations.)
bird g remarks suggested themselves to me during the
*...*.* I had of Bootan; their superficiality is only to be exo: o the shortness of my stay, the want of proper interpreters, the Malousy of the Booteas, and extreme mendacity of such of their
- "ol subjects from whom, in my total ignorance of the Bootea
**rmation was alone to be expected. And as I had daily
g the constancy with which the head of the | available information, I contented myself with mal rather than internal objects, on the face of on that of men. Bootan, I need scarcely observe, *gnificent chai "ountry, forming a considerable part of the most all deg aln of mountains in the universe; in it are to be found
*.*.*ation, from 1000 to 25,000 feet. In its extent it is
rather more limi - mited th - . Pemberton has as*ined that th an was supposed, since Capt
Twang Rai * Country to the eastward, which is ruled by the h jah, is directly dependent on, and forms a portion of the *government.
The boundaries of the country are, Thibet to the north ; the plains of Assam and Bengal to the south; Sikkim to the west; and the Kampa country to the east. Its greatest breadth will hence be about 90, and its greatest length about 210 miles. The physical aspect of this country, so far as regards its most essential point—mountains, presents perhaps but little deviation from that of other parts of the Great Himalayan chain; but on this point I am unable to give any information. Every variety of surface was met with, from bluff-headed to peaked highly angular summits. In some places the paths were built up the naked faces of precipices; in others, -- very considerable elevations might be attained by very gradual ascents, over a sufficiently practicable country. The two most rugged and most peaked were, as might be expected, the two highest—Dongdola and - Rodola: the others, which generally averaged 10,500 feet, were very easy. Of the rivers, which are in all cases mere mountain torrents, nothing need be said. The largest we saw was the Monass, which forms the principal drain of the eastern portion of Bootan. No lakes appear to occur: there is below Santagong a jheel of small extent, but it is of no depth, and does not derive its presence from springs or the embouchure of small tributaries. It abounded with water fowl, and was choked up with sedges, and a plant belonging to the family | Hydropellidae, hitherto not, I believe, found in India. Neither is - | Bootan a country of valleys; in fact, with the exception of those of - | Bhoomlungtung, Byagur, and Jaisa, we saw none worthy of bear
ing the name. That of Punukka owes its existence to the vagaries of the river, as its only level part has obviously at some previous time formed part of its bed. The three valleys otherwise - mentioned are, if viewed in comparison with other valleys situated in similarly mountainous countries, perfectly insignificant, for they con| sist of a gentle slope from the bases of the contiguous hills to the bed of the draining stream. The valley of Tassisudon is probably of like extent with that of Punukka, but Turner's accounts are so little to be relied on, that even in a simple matter like this no just conclusion is to be formed. I have only to add, that the three valleys are represented as being close to some of the passes into Thibet: this alone is perhaps sufficient to account for their great elevation.
Hot springs occur one day's journey from Punukka, and appear " be the resort of many invalids, victims to the most frequent diseaso lues venerea. From specimens procured by our guide, Chillong Soubah, there must be at least two springs; of one the water is of a yellowish tint, and highly sulphureous ; that of the other is limpid, and possesses no sensible properties. I did not hear of the existence of such springs elsewhere.