Eight Years Wanderings in Ceylon

By Sir Samuel W. Baker | Go to book overview

PREFACE.

EIGHT years' wanderings in Ceylon have created a love for this beautiful island which can only be equaled by my affection for Old England, from which the independence of a wild life, combined with an infatuation for rambling into every unvisited nook and corner, sentenced me to a term of voluntary exile.

During this period my delight has been in tracing the great natural resources of the country, in observing the immense relics of its former prosperity, and contrasting the past grandeur and energy of an extinct race with the apathetic and selfish policy of our present system.

It is the false economy of our present government to leave untested the actual capabilities of its possessions. Thus, while Ceylon remains with ruined tanks, deserted cities and vast tracts of uncultivated rice-lands, India, governed by the Company, is advancing in cultivation.* New tanks are formed, new canals for irrigation penetrate through hitherto barren jungles, and arouse the soil to fertility. In fact, the vigilant eye of the Company is directed to the true resources of the country, and every acre of available land must yield its proportion to the revenue.

Without the statistical details which would render a description laborious to the general reader, I shall endeavor

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Since the above was written, the government of India has been transferred from the East India Company to the Crown.

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  • Title Page 3
  • Preface. 5
  • Contents 9
  • Eight Years' Wanderings. 15
  • Chapter I 15
  • Chapter II 25
  • Chapter III 39
  • Chapter IV 58
  • Chapter V 81
  • Chapter VI 104
  • Chapter VII 132
  • Chapter VIII 175
  • Chapter IX 194
  • Chapter X 219
  • Chapter XI 256
  • Chapter XII 280
  • Chapter XIII 310
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