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VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD,
UNITED STATES FRIGATE COLUMBIA;
ATTENDED BY HER CONSORT
THE SLOOP OF WAR JOHN ADAMS,'
AND COMMANDED BY
COMMODORE GEORGE C. READ.
AN ACCOUNT OF THE BOMBARDING AND FIRING OF THE TOWN OF MUCKIE, ON THE MALAY
CANTON, AND CONFINEMENT OF THE FOREIGNERS IN THAT CITY; AND
G 440 .723 1842
Entered according to Act of Congress, by
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Connecticut.
Commodore George C. Read.
The late East India Squadron, in its circuit of the world under your command, has done honor to our country and professional credit to yourself. No voyage of equal length in distance and in time can be made, without encountering many hazards and circumstances of frequent difficulty. These have been met by yourself-the cruise successfully completed-and the purposes of the government accomplished. Though it has not been my design to enter into all the details of the cruise of the East India Squadron, its action will be found sufficiently developed in the succeeding pages for the general reader. But it is as an acknowledgment of the invariable courtesy, which I have received from yourself during the voyage which has originated the following pages, that I beg you to accept these volumes, with the assurances of my great respect and esteem.
NEW-YORK, October, 1840.
FITCH W. TAYLOR.