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tion in this Presidency, in which those principles have been more hotly contested than in any other part of India
But the chief value of these speeches, in my eyes, and probably in the eyes of others ; certainly that which weighs most with me in concluding to publish them in the present Volume, is the advice which they offer to the young in the prosecution of their studies during youth, and their conduct and the employment of their time in after-life.
This portion at least, if indeed the advice be sound, is not of an ephemeral nature, and may be of assistance and encouragement to the youth of India ; at any rate until some one shall arise, possibly from among themselves, who shall descant on such topics more forcibly or persuasively.
I have added four speeches of an Educational character delivered upon other occasions. All are left just as they were delivered, without any attempt to polish or improve them. If in parts the language should seem high-flown, I would point out that my audience was Oriental.
audience was Oriental. Whether that may be deemed a sufficient apology for what have been termed my 'Dithyrambics' I know not. If I have erred, I cannot plead want of intention ; although I certainly should not have used so poetical a style, had my audience been exclusively or chiefly European.
The immediate cause of the present Publication
is the speech recently delivered at the opening of GOVINDOO NAICK's School. This address has attracted some attention in England, where it has been characterized as “remarkable,” and so forth. I disclaim all merit on the score of novelty : those who care to read these pages will find that the Address in question is little more than a resume of opinions long since formed, and of principles enunciated over and over again, with perhaps only too persistent iteration. All I vindicate to myself is the virtue of consistency.
Servetur ad imum
J. B. N.
MADRAS, 1st February 1866.