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cumstances to be met with at sea; to paint the feelings of the traveller journeying to a foreign land; and I hope though the Indian voyager will find what has been said especially to apply to him, even the voyager to any country will find something in it worthy of his perusal.
The first part of the work, “ The Reflections,” I have divided into four chapters. In the first chapter, “ The Departure,” I have attempted to describe the varied feelings experienced at our first entering upon a voyage; the thoughts called up at bidding adieu to our native soil; with some of the miseries of an embarkation, &c. The second, “The Voyage,” contains a detail of some of the most obvious and interesting occurrences which are presented to the notice of the traveller on the deep; a history of some of the circumstances best calculated to instruct and amuse in the profession of the mariner. In the third, “ The Approach to the Indian Shore,” besides other allusions, I have touched chiefly on the state of mind we are likely to possess as we draw to the foreign coast. I have attempted to shew what are, and, perhaps still more, what ought to be, the feelings at such a period. The fourth, and last, “ The Arrival,” is taken up with what is experienced actually on reach: ing the foreign shore; with some few remarks on India and its inhabitants, allusions to home, &c.
And I hope what I have touched upon, I have portrayed tolerably correctly. It will be seen that I have attempted to vary the matter a little ; that I have not attached
myself alone to the serious, but have endeavoured to mix up a little of the gay with it. And in all parts, I have made it my object to impress morality and proper conduct; wherever I could, I have brought before the reader the lesson of religion, and pointed the mind to the Great First Cause. The poetry intermixed with the volume, taken from some of the most
esteemed authors, and adapted as appropriately as I could to the subjects, will also add something to its interest.
In the second part of the work, “ Observations for the Preservation of Health in Indian climates,” I have given such directions, I think, as will be quite sufficient for any one taking up his residence in these climates. They are plain and few; but they are the most important; and he who has them impressed properly on his mind, I should hope will find them in some degree advantageous to him. They apply, as the reflections do, chiefly to India; but of course they must apply also to all climates like it; to the west as well as to the east; the advice given in them I trust may be worthy a remembrance almost in any climate; for in no situation is health to be preserved without
At the commencement of this division, I have thrown in, by the way, a few observations relating to consumptive patients. They may call the attention of some to the remedy advised, who otherwise might neglect it.
The third and last part, “ Hints to Surgeons and Owners of Private-trading ships,” I should also hope will have its use. It will give the young man entering upon that employment some considerable idea of what he is to meet with, and prepare him for it; it will give him a few hints which perhaps may be of some little service to him. The remarks, too, which apply to the owners of these ships, may not be altogether lost. It will be to the advantage of themselves, as well as to the advantage of every one else, that what I have spoken upon be attended to and remedied. And I am satisfied it needs only to be stated, to have the remedies applied.
In short, as it is I give it to the world. If it has any thing to recommend it, the public will find it out, and give it its due. If it be undeserving of attention, and if I have judged wrong in ever letting it see the light, it will of course be allowed to sink into the mass of idle tales that have gone before it, and be forgotten. Nor will I be a great sufferer by the sentence; for as a writer I have no reputation to lose ; a mere adventurer as yet upon the sea of authorship, should the wind prove at once unfavourable, I can easily put “about ship,” and get back to my old port again.