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THE ORIENTAL HERALD.
No. 55.-JULY, 1828. – Vol. 18.
New WORKS RELATIVE TO INDIA AND THE EASTERN WORLD.
We remember well, that, at the period when • The Oriental Herald' was first published, in 1824, it was a matter of extreme difficulty to find one good or interesting wo k published on India, in a quarter : and our principal labour then was to search for materials, and make the utmost of those within our reach. Since that period, a very great and beneficial change has taken place in this particular. Now, new and important works on India and the Eastern World appear almost every month; and sometimes, as in the present case, in such rapidity of succession, that we find it impossible to notice them all as they are issued from the press; and are compelled to make a selection, for the purpose of confining our earliest and most lengthened reviews, to those we deem most important, reserying the others for subsequent examination and less extended notice.
Among the works now before us, of each of which we desire to give some account to our readers, of the Second Part of Mr. Rickards’s India,'—'Colonel Briggs's Letters addressed to a Young Friend in India,'— Mr. Crawfurd's Journal of a Mission to Siam,'and ' A Further Inquiry into the Expediency of applying the Principles of Colonial Policy to the Government of India, and of effecting an essential change in its Landed Tenures, and in the character of its Inhabitants.'-If we attempted a regular review of each, in one Number of our Publication, we should not only exclude all other topics, which we know would be highly injurious to its general interest; but we should find ourselves so restricted in space as to be able to do justice to neither. We prefer, therefore, giving a very brief character of the first three of these works, reserving our full review of them to a future period, and confining our lengthened strictures and extracts to the last of the four enumerated; deeming it, as we do, of the greatest political importance, and Oriental Herald, Vol. 18.