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To

KARSANDA'S MA'HADHAVDA'S ESQUIRE, J. P.
&c. &c. &c .

Sir,

You may think it very presumptuous in me to drag your name before the public by dedicating the following pages to you . Although I have had the pleasure of meeting you on one or two occasions, yet I can hardly claim personal acquaintance with you. I am, however, one of those who have watched your career from the very First , and who in consequence have formed a high estimate of your Character. You were one of the leading persons who have founded the Budhi-Vardhak Sabha, whose main object was to introduce light and liberty into our Hindu community. The Secretaryship of the Sabha at one time devolved upon you, and you cheerfully discharged its duties for several years. In every measure the Sabha took for carrying out its great object, you took an active part. You superintended regularly for a long time its school– edited its pamphlet – and prepared papers for its periodical meeting. On entering upon mercantile business, you were obliged to a certain extent to cease taking an active part in the affairs of the Sabha, but your interest in it flagged not for a moment. By your advice and purse, you helped on its operations. The cause of education, especially of females, has ever been warmly supported by you. The various ways in which you have aided this cause, and the interest you have manifested in its progress, have clearly shown how dear it is to your heart, The efforts making for the enlightenment and elevation of the women of India, have met with your cordial sympathy ; and yon have seconded them most liberally. In fact, there seems to be no object upon which your heart is so much set as upon this. The depressed and degrading state of social life among the Hindus; and the still more