Oriental Fragments (Classic Reprint)by Unknown Author
Not unobservant while in India of the people among whom our early fortunes cast us, or of their languages or literature, we have, since our return, during the lapse of another quarter of a century, resorted to the Press; and have published to our Countrymen the results of such observances - with this difference, - that yours have been
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Not unobservant while in India of the people among whom our early fortunes cast us, or of their languages or literature, we have, since our return, during the lapse of another quarter of a century, resorted to the Press; and have published to our Countrymen the results of such observances - with this difference, - that yours have been chiefly directed to Mahommedan, mine to Hindu literature: and with this farther difference; - that you have made the most of the advantages of a good and classical education, while I have had to contend with the disadvantages of a bad one. You have drank deep, while I have only sipped at those Oriental Literary springs.
They who live long must pay the sad penalties of existence: - must see their old comrades, and associates, and friends, fall around them. If we look back for our early brethren in arms - where are they? And more and more recently we are called to mourn over the ripened Affections of our later years. It behoves us therefore to rivet the more closely the remaining links of Friendship's early chain - and to await, in contentedness and humble hope, its final severance.
With these sentiments and feelings towards you, My dear Price, my oldest Fellow Soldier and Friend, I most cordially and affectionately say - Farewell.
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