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HARVARD
UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY

V J PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.

ADDRESSED BY THE AUTHOR TO ONE
OF HIS FRIENDS.

When you first entertained the idea of travelling in the East, you asked me to send you an outline of the tour which I had made, in order that you might the better be able to choose a route for yourself. In answer to this request, I gave you a large French map, on which the course of my journey had been carefully marked; but I did not conceal from myself that this was rather a dry mode for a man to adopt, when he wished to impart the results of his experience to a dear and intimate friend. Now, long before the period of your planning an oriental tour, I had intended to write some account of my Eastern travels. I had, indeed, begun the task and had failed; I had begun it a second time, and failing again, had abandoned my attempt with a sensation of utter

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