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THE following Pages consist of the popular portion of observations recently made in a Journey overland, through the maritime Provinces of China. The preceding part, as it contains merely nautical and meteorological information, of no interest to the general reader, is omitted.
On the strict truth of the present communication let no doubt be entertained ; and its value is the more deserving of estimation, as none but those exposed to the opportunity of shipwreck are likely to learn so much of that curious portion of mankind, as iş exhibited in the following pages.
It would therefore be tiresome and unnecessáry to detail occurrences at sea, and the subsequeñit matters, incidental to mercantile negociation, iti-which my time was occupied in Cochin-China, and for that reasort beg leave to shew merely what I consider nost-directly worthy of attention regarding the Hainanese and Chinese.
J. R., Supercargo.