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Radama or the enlightened African...

London Pablished by Harvey & Darton. Gracechurch Street. Nov. 25 1824.

page 127

RADAMA;

OR,

The Enlightened African.

WITH

SKETCHES OF MADAGASCAR.

By the Author of "Affection's Gift, Samboe, &c."

"Most sweet it is the growth to trace,
Of worth, of intellect, of grace;

In bosoms where our labours first
Bid the young gems of virtue burst,
And lead them on from hour to hour,
To ripen into perfect flower."

BOWRING, adapted.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR HARVEY AND DARTON;

55, GRACECHURCH-STREET.

1824.

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To concentre facts, not to fancy incidents, has been the aim of the compiler of this small volume; no more fiction having been used than was necessary to connect the events recorded, which, although replete with interest as they must be to the reflective mind and humane heart, may escape the notice of many who have no opportunity or no inclination to search for them in the mass of official reports, but may peruse them with pleasure as drawn into the focus of a short narrative.

Under this form, then, the portrait of RADAMA, and the picture of his country, are respec.fully dedicated

TO BRITISH YOUTH:

the one forming a pleasing instance of native worth, mental strength, and political acuteness; the other, as presenting an extended field for the exercise of the noblest energies of

BRITISH PHILANTHROPY.

"I speak to honest-hearted, dispassionate men, who love the improvement of their species, however promoted; and crave their justice, to acknowledge how the constitution of divine truth as exhibited in the gospel, when adopted by the rudest people, hath brought out the thinking and the feeling man, from the human animal, as pure metal is brought out from the earthy ore, as pearly honey droppeth from the waxen cell."

IRVING.

"It is no fancied tale we tell; but truth, plain truth."

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