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MRS. MILN E R.
In availing myself of your permission to dedicate to you the following “Sketches of India," I need scarcely say how highly I appreciate the kindness of that permission ; or how deeply I am gratified, by the favourable opinion which you have manifested of my work, by giving to the substance of the following pages insertion in “The English woman's Magazine.” It is impossible not to feel the value of approbation when it proceeds from such a quarter.
I am, madam, With every feeling of respect and esteem,
Your obedient servant,
The following “Sketches of India,” were originally introduced to the notice of the public through the medium of “The English woman's Magazine." They are now published in a separate form, in consequence of the solicitation of friends, to whose judgment, warped though it may be by feelings of personal regard, I cannot but defer.
It may be proper to observe, as affording some guarantee for the correctness of these sketches of the seasons, scenery, and society of Bombay, that they have been compiled from copious notes, made during sojourn in that island. I have myself seen all that I have here attempted to describe; and, with an especial view to the benefit of those youthful readers