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Soldier and Traveller

MEMOIRS OF ALEXANDER GARDNER

COLONEL OF ARTILLERY IN THE SERVICE OF

MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH

EDITED BY

MAJOR HUGH PEARSE

2ND BATT. THE EAST SURREY REGIMENT

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY

THE RIGHT HON.

SIR RICHARD TEMPLE, BART., G.C.S.I.

WITH PORTRAITS AND MAPS

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS

EDINBURGH AND LONDON

MDCCCXCVIII

D8475

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Gift of Henry Closse Stepuis

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The Editor desires to express his grateful thanks to all who have assisted him in the preparation of this volume; and he would specially acknowledge the kind help and encouragement afforded him by Captain Claude Clerk, C.I.E., and Mr Herbert Compton.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

THE MAN AND HIS WRITINGS.

PAGE

Mr Frederick Cooper and Colonel Gardner-Sir Lepel Griffin

-Mr Edgeworth's abstract of Colonel Gardner's Journal-
Sir Henry Yule and Sir Henry Rawlinson-Mr Ney Elias
-Sir Henry Durand's “Life of a Soldier of the Olden
Time'

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CHAPTER II.

EARLY LIFE AND TRAVELS, 1785–1819.

Parentage and birth of the traveller-A wanderer from child-

hood—The Jesuit school in Mexico_Five years in Ireland
-Gardner returns to America—Visits Lisbon, Madrid,
Cairo, Trebizond, and Astrakhan-Gardner's elder brother ;
his sudden death-Gardner's first visit to Herat—First
wanderings in Asia .

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CHAPTER III.

ADVENTURES AMONG THE HAZARAS, 1819.

Savage hospitality-The Khalzais (Dai Kundi Hazaras)-The

Therbahs—The ancient Kafirs-Gardner acquires a faithful

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