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“Le voyager me semble un exercise profitable: l'ame y a une continuelle ex.
ercitation, à remarquer les choses incognües et nouvelles ; et je ne sçache pas
meilleure escole à façonner la vie que de luy proposer incessamment la diversité
de tant d'autres fantasies et usances, et luy faire gouter une si perpetuelle varieté
de formes de nostre nature.”-Essais de Montaigne, liv. 3, chap. ix.

SECOND EDITION.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET,
Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty.

1841.

THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

3043
ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS
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LONDON :

PRINTED BY SAMUEL BENTLEY,

Bangor House, Shoe Lane.

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fam. 1916-$1.50 (2 Volis.

MADAM,

It is with mingled feelings of anxiety and gratitude that I avail myself of Your Majesty's gracious permission to inscribe to you the following Narrative. It pretends to no other merit than that of truth; and its most ambitious object will be obtained, if it be found to afford any useful or interesting information, and thus to beguile a leisure hour stolen from Your Majesty's more grave and weighty occupations.

It has been customary to clothe a dedication in the language of panegyric: I will not presume to follow the tempting precedent. Your Majesty's qualities will be attested by an Empire, and be recorded by History. Nevertheless, I trust I may

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venture, unblamed, to express, on this occasion, my earnest desire, and my heartfelt prayer, that your reign may be long and happy, and that Britain may hereafter look back with regret and with pride on a Sovereign, who blended the wisdom and energy of Queen Elizabeth with the more winning and attractive attributes of her sex.

I am, Madam,
With the deepest attachment and respect,

Your Majesty's dutiful Subject and Servant,

CHARLES AUGUSTUS MURRAY.

Buckingham Palace,

June 1839.

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