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PRINTED FOB BLACK, PARBURY, & ALLEN,
BOOKSELLERS XO THE HONOURABLE EAST-INDIA COMPANY,
It would be an injustice to themselves as well as an unbecoming forgetfulness of the numerous and highly respectable portion of the public which has favoured the conductors of the Asiatic Journal with their patronage, were they to omit the opportunity afforded by the completion of another volume, of expressing their gratitude for the support the publication has already obtained at this early stage of its establishment, and the desire they feel for the extension of its influence and usefulness.
After more than half a century had elapsed, since the power of Britain became ascendant in the East, a periodical publication devoted to convey information respecting an Empire claiming the allegiance of princes and nations, and whose influence is felt throughout all Asia, was any thing but premature and unrequired.
If .we consider the magnitude and importance of the British relations with India, the progress of affairs must certainly appear, of sufficient importance to require a regular, authentic and separate communication to the public. If we consider the fertility of these regions in whatever is interesting to science or curiosity, the mines of ancient knowledge, the fields of nature, and the varieties of human circumstances and character observable, it will not appear less a desideratum that those who are interested in the various branches of Oriental knowledge should have the opportunity of that sort of literary intercourse which the pages of a miscellany afford. How very desirable, also, a commercial and domestic intelligencer must