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Description of the Charatcters, Manners, and Customs of the People of India

Excerpt from Description of the Charatcters, Manners, and Customs of the People of India: And of Their Institutions, Religious and Civil The French Manuscript, of which a Translation is here offered to the Public, was meditated and composed in the midst of the people whom it describes. The absolute retirement of the Author from European Society, for a series of Years, well qualified him for penetrating into the dark and unexplorable recesses of the Indian character; but it has also veiled himself, in an equal degree, from the curiosity of his readers. The little that is known of him in this country may be collected from the following despatch of the Governor in Council at Fort St. George, of the 24th December, 1807, to the Honorable Court of Directors of the East India Company, which they have been pleased to allow the Translator to publish: "We request your reference to the Minutes noted in the margin relative to a work which has been lately compiled by the Abbe Dubois, a gentleman of irreproachable character, who, having escaped from the massacres of the French Revolution, sought refuge in India, and has since been engaged in the zealous and pious duty of a Missionary, in the performance of which he has acquired a degree of respect among both the European and Native inhabitants that we believe to have been rarely equalled in persons of his sphere. It is amongst natives, however, that the time of this Missionary has been chiefly passed, and he has availed himself of the long intercourse, to compile a distinct account of the Hindu Customs and Manners. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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