In December, 1874, it became my privilege to accompany the Commander-in-chief of the Madras army to Burmah. I was glad of the opportunity thus afforded me of visiting what may in several respects be considered a u new a country, of comparing the conditions of the people with those of India on the one hand, and of the far East on the otherathe influence of both having left its impress upon the manners and arts of the several races who inhabit the valley of the Irawaddy.
Throughout our visit I endeavoured to take note of such matters as presented themselves; avoiding, however, to record in my Journal anything connected with the official objects of His Excellency's visit. The Diary which now follows is the result of observations thus made, corrected or confirmed in some instances by those of previous visitors to and writers regarding the country, and by views of persons on the spot well qualified to thus assist me. The a Notes a on various subjects which follow the Diary are for the most part abstracts of articles and reports placed at my disposal by officers connected with, or obtained from works by travellers through, Burmah and the adjoining countries. In these respects I am greatly indebted to Colonels Duncan and Baily, Major Lloyd, Deputy Surgeon-General Kendall, and Surgeon-Major Lamprey.
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