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PRE FACE.

CANNOT venture to add another to the

amerous books on Russia which have already speared, without pleading as my apology that

visited that country under circumstances tording opportunities, not usually within a tranger's reach, of observing the habits and haracter of the people. I am, therefore, aduced to publish the following letters, under a impression that some account of domestic

in the Interior may be, to a certain degree, eresting from its novelty. Being nearly connected by marriage with eral Russian families, I accompanied my

te into that country in the summer of 1837, or the purpose of visiting her relations, among

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whom we spent twelve months, either in private houses in the Interior, or in habits of constant intercourse at St. Petersburg.

In the letters now offered to the public, I have given a simple detail of our sojourn in Russia, interspersed by a few general remarks and opinions naturally called forth. I have more particularly entered on the system of the conscription, the relative position of master and serf, and the situation and resources of the landed proprietor; and, in conclusion, I have ventured a few short observations on the character and government of the Emperor Nicholas.

The court, the capital, the army, the public institutions of the country, with its political position and views, have occupied the pens of far abler travellers: my object has been to give some description of private life, national customs, and domestic habits in Russia.

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