Lord Macau-lay begins his Essay on Olive thus:—
'• We haye always thought it strange that, while the history*
of the Spanish empire in- America is familiarly known to all the
nations of Europe, £he great actions of our countrymen in the
East should, even among ourselves, excite little interest. Every
schoolboy knows who imprisoned Monteizuma, and who' strangled
Atahualpa. But we doubt whether one in ten, even among
English gentlemen of highly cultivated minds, can tell who
won the battle of Buxar, who perpetrated the massacre of
Patna, whether Sujah Dowlah ruled in Oude or in Travancore,
or whether Holkar was a Hindoo1 or a Mussulman."
What MacaHilay remarks in- these introductory lines
about the educated Englishman of his' tim'e may, with
fU'Stfee; be' applied! to' the Hindus1 of the present day, who,
thottgn1 well versed in the d-etails of the histories of foreign1
&la'tjk>n's, are ignorant of even the' rriost important events in1
^fiSe lire's of their ancient heroes jtndE saints. The reason
of tn-is1 anomaly is plain enough< All their' timfe' is taken
up in1' heading English abhors a'nxt cbn'seqitently works
written1 in Yerlaa^ilai' artfn'aturally ne'glectei It is,- there-
fore, with the' object of imparting some1 knowledge1 of the
Purans to su'cn of the English reading' ptiblic ais are either
xinacquainted' with any of the't^erhaculars of this country or
as are unacciistomed to read Vernacular books,- that we*
have undertafeen; to putiish Hhis series.
Our thanks are due to thoSie' gentlen^en* who havef
kindly subscribed for the puhlicatioti as we'll as^ta' those'
have rendered us assistance in other ways.
PUBHASHI & CO.