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SOLD BY COLLINS AND HANNAY, COLLINS AND CO., G. AND G. CARVILL,
A. T. GOODRIGH, 0. A. ROORBACH, E. BLISS, W. BURGESS, JR., N. B.
In laying before the public a familiar and unreserved detail of the incidents and adventures of
my past life, I trust it will not for a moment be supposed that I am actuated by vanity, or by a desire to make an ostentatious display of my military services. That, in the course of those services, I have exercised some degree of daring, to the merit (if any) attached to which I may justly lay claim, I do not affect to deny ; but it is far, very far, from my thoughts, to assume the possession of uncommon fortitude, or to arrogate to myself any degree of heroism superior to that which would be displayed, on occasions which required it, by every brave officer in his Majesty's service.
Having thus, first, disclaimed all intention of boasting of my performances, or of holding myself up as a prodigy of valour, it becomes 'me next to declare that I do not pretend to afford the reader any importánt intelligence respecting our Indian possessions, either as regards statistics, or politics. Information ont bese subjects must be sought in the works of writers of far higher pretensions than the humble author of these memoirs.
My design has been to present the public with a simple and unadorned narration of my own life, from the period of my infancy to the date of my having been, unfortunately, compelled to quit his Majesty's service. Interspersed with the incidents and adventures wbich have marked my career, will be found various amusing, and some affecting anecdotes, with my