THE RAJAH OF TRAVANCORE.
I beg to acknowledge my grateful obligations to your Highness not only
for permitting me to dedicate the following work to you, and thus to present it to the
public under the auspices of so great a name, but also for the very liberal aid you have
so kindly afforded me and the deep interest you have taken in the work. It exhibits
another instance of your Highness's readiness to encourage and patronize general educa-
tion and the promotion of literature among your subjects.
The great difficulty and labour attending such an undertaking, and the attention which
I have been necessarily obliged to pay to my other important duties have contributed
to retard the publication of the work much longer than I anticipated.
That the life of your Highness may be long spared, and that you may be permitted to
witness the beneficial results of the efforts now made to promote good and sound edu-
cation in this country, based on the best principles, is the sincere wish of