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A MEMOIR REGARDING ITS CONSTRUCTION, BY CHARLES wADDINGTON, ESQ. OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY'S ENGINEERS,
7 -9LONDON: PUBLISHED BY LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, AND GREEN, PATERNOSTER Row; AND CADELL AND CO. 10, PRINCE'S-STREET, EDINBURGH.
PRINTED BY JAMES BALLANTYNE AND Co. EDINBURGH.
THE following Volume was sent from India as it now appears, and reached England in the course of the year 1817, but was not then published, in consequence of circumstances which it is unnecessary to mention. It is thought proper to take notice of the fact,
chiefly in order to account for the silence of the notes as to any
works of a later date,
EDINBURGH, July 22, 1826.
HONOURABLE MOUNTSTUART ELPHINSTONE,
BRITISH RESIDENT AT THE COURT OF POONA,
» Sfc. fyc. Sec.
My Dear Sir,
While employed in completing the following Translation, and in arranging the various prefatory and supplementary observations which accompany it, I have often indulged the wish of inscribing them with your name, as being the only appropriate return I could make for the perpetual assistance received as well from your advice and judgment, as from your valuable manuscript collections, which contain more information regarding the Geography, Manners, and Political Situation of the Countries that were the scene of the two first periods of Baber's History, than are to be found in all the printed and written authorities which exist in any other quarter.
That the work is still very imperfect, no one can be more sensible than myself. I might explain some of the difficulties which occasioned this imperfection, were such apologies ever attended to. Some of them, perhaps, should have deterred me from the undertaking, and others a more resolute scholar might have overcome. Had the work indeed been finished by the same hand by which it was begun, no such apologies would have been required. For the task, whether of translating or illustrating any work on Oriental history, Dr John Leyden was eminently qualified, as well as for greater things. The