Excerpt from The Indus Delta Country: A Memoir, Chiefly on Its Ancient Geography and History The first two sections of the following Memoir were written and printed seven years. Ago. Since then a few copies have been privately circulated among friends who are interested in the subjects of which it treats. Within the last year the original plan of the little work has been carried to completion, but under the disadvantage of distance from large libraries and the consequent impossibility of refreshing my acquaintance with works - especially Oriental works - which it would have been desirable to consult anew. I have thus been obliged to depend in great measure on the resources of a very modest library, on notes and extracts made when opportunities were more favourable, and, in the last resort, on a memory for which I am obliged to ask the reader's most indulgent consideration.
The Memoir pretends to be nothing more than a rough guide for those in Sindh, who, taking an interest in the past of a province, one of the poorest, and in its outward aspect the least lovely in India, care to seek out the relics of former ages, and trace for themselves some picture of the country as it was at different periods of its generally troubled history.
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