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The convenience and gratification of that extensive portion of the British Public, which either at home or abroad is connected with our Indian dominions, have been the objects pursued in the projection and conduct of the ASIATIC JOURNAL.

It was obvious, that while the East-Indies opened to every British reader, and especially to every one immediately interested in its concerns, the widest field of useful and liberal information, there was much which could only be explored and detailed in a work expressly devoted to those objects.

To be a faithful register of Indian Occurrences, whether national or individual, is the first aim of the AsiaTIC JOURNAL; and amid the variety of items belonging to this department, Appointments, Births, Marriages, Deaths, &c. are regularly inserted, down to the latest dates received.

A second feature of this Journal, still more peculiar to itself, because still more incompatible with the plan of any other, is the insertion of the most faithful verbatim reports of Debates at the East-India House, taken in short-hand for these pages. To the value of these it must be needless to call the attention of any of those individuals who are personally engaged in British Indian affairs, or whose attention is awakened to them. This department of the work alone, it is confidently presumed, must at once entitle it to patronage.

New and interesting Information concerning the Countries and their Inhabitants with which the Progress of our Trade, our Unavoidable Wars, and our Political Transactions, are hourly bringing us more, or the first time, acquainted, forms a natural and inviting addition to the contents of these pages; while the precious and inexhaustible field of Oriental Literature presents itself as intimately allied to this branch of our pursuits. Connected also, with this consideration, is the British progress in Asiatic Languages and Learning, and the Institutions in England and India for their promotion.

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