freely in the streets, and hold almost exclusive possession of the bazaars. They are active and industrious; they are everywhere man's companions, not slaves; and by their exertions they contribute their full share towards the maintenance of the family. It is a matter of interest to note that, with all this condition of independence on their part, a marital rights are fully acknowledged by a respectful behaviour towards their lords.a Unfortunately, however, this picture has another side. Although polygamy is condemned, divorce is made so easy that, according to Bishop Bigandet, it has attained a adamnable laxity.a To quote from Dr. Williams, woman in Burmah a has remarkably just and fair rights; and in this her position is more independent and better protected than in most other countries. She has full rights of property and of justice, and can either plead her own cause in person, or employ an advocate, as she chooses. But the early commerce of the sexes destroys everything like the fondness of love; and to Burmese women the tender passion as known among us may be said to be a thing unknown.a
THE BURMESE LANGUAGE.
Although the Burmese approach the Chinese in physical appearance, and China has ever exerted a great political influence over their country, yet it is said to have left but a very slight impression on the literature and language of the people,aboth of which have sprung from Hindoo schools of philosophy. The language of the Burmese is an offshoot of Pali, intermixed with Tartar and some Chinese. That of the Shans, towards the borders of China, is similarly deriveda the customs and language of the early Chinese conquerors, like those of the Normans in England, having long ago been submerged in or obliterated by the original inhabitants of the soil.
These notes being intended merely to contain a summary of views held on the subject, rather than a dissertation on