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THE ASIATIC SOCIETY
JAMES PRINSE P, F. R. S.
SECRETARY OF THE ASIATIC SOCIETY OF BENGAL; HON. MEM. OF THE AS. SOC.
OF NATURAL SCIENCES OF PHILADELPHIA; OF THE
PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY OF GENEVA; OF
VOL. VI.-PART I.
JANUARY TO JUNE,
"It will flourish, if naturalists, chemists, antiquaries, philologers, and men of
PRINTED AT THE BAPTIST MISSION PRESS, CIRCULAR ROAD.
We have the pleasure of closing this sixth volume of our Journal with an unexpected announcement :-the last steam packet has brought out instructions from the Honorable Court of Directors to the Government of India to "subscribe in their name for FORTY copies of the Journal of the Asiatic Society from the commencement of its publication !" We forbear to comment upon an act of liberality by which we shall personally be such a gainer, but which we have neither directly nor indirectly solicited. We can easily imagine to whose friendly influence we are indebted for it, and we hope he will accept our acknowledgments. Our principal difficulty will be how to meet the wishes of the court; for of our early volumes not a volume is now to be procured! We must seriously consider the expediency of a reprint, for we have even heard it whispered that an American edition was in contemplation, and such a thing cannot be deemed impossible when we find the Philadelphians undertaking to rival us of Calcutta in printing (and that without government support) a Cochinchinese dictionary*!
Of local support we have lost nothing by the measure we reluctantly adopted at the beginning of the year, of raising the price of the journal from one to one and a half rupee per number. Our list is fuller than ever, and our balance sheet of a much more promising aspect.
* M. P. ST. DUPONCEAU thus writes to M. JACQUET of Paris: "J'ai maintenant le plaisir de vous informer que la Société philosophique Americaine vient d'ordonner l'impression à ses frais dex deux vocabulaires donnès à Mr. WHITE par le R. de MORRONE, ils vont être publiès dans un volume des memoires de son comitè d' histoire et de literature, etant trop volumineux pour faire partie de ses Transactions philosophiques.