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A RESIDENCE OF TWO YEARS AND A HALF
SIR CHARLES FORBES, BART., &c. &c.
During our residence of two years and a half in Great Britain, we have, from the day of our landing up to the present time, received innumerable acts of kindness, attention, and friendship from you. Your valuable advice upon all occasions has proved of the greatest advantage to us, and the interest and anxiety you have evinced for our welfare, has far exceeded our most sanguine expectations.
Your unwearied exertions for our country and her children, are too well known to need any comment from us, but your uniform and neverceasing attachment to the Lowjee Family, of which we are members, deserves our most grateful public acknowledgments.
Your first contracted friendship was with our
grandfathers, then with our fathers, and latterly with ourselves. Thus you have through three successive generations preserved that friendship with the same warmness of heart, and with the same disinterested motives.
Allow us, therefore, Sir, respectfully to dedicate to you this brief and unpretending volume, which is the result of our sojourn in this country, as a slight token of our gratitude; and with sentiments of respect and esteem, we have the honour and gratification to subscribe ourselves,
Your most grateful and
obliged humble servants,
London, April, 1841.
DURING our residence in England we have been so often asked our motives for leaving our homes and placing ourselves under instructions in ship-building at Chatham, that we kete deemed it expedient to draw up a brief account of our actuating motives, and also to estaba a faint outline of those things, which we had a opportunity of witnessing during the Ested time that we allowed ourselves for recreation, and to give a little repose to our minds. We considered that keeping the bow alszys best would only tend to weaken it, but we were careful in our hours of relaxation to visit such eihibitions, and to associate with such people, as would instruct while they amused, and of bich the following pages contain the result.
It has not been our intention to journalize oci proceedings or to describe things in the order that we saw them, but we bave endeavoured to place before the reader a sort of bird's eye view, as it were, of what we have seen from the 29th of March, 1838, the day we left Bombay, uz:] the