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A. P. THORNTON. Presented to the LIBRARY ofthe UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO from the library of A. P. Ttiornton EDM OND & SPARK HISTORY OF THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAK By JOHN WILLIAM KAYE, F.E.S. THIRD EDITION. IN THREE VOLUMES. VOL. I. LONDON: WM. H. ALLEN & CO., 13, WATEELOO PLACE, ^ublisljers to tfjc hxHia ©fficc. 1874. LONDON . I-RIXTEI) BY W. CLOWES AND S(JKS, STAJIFORD STREET AND CHARIKG CROSS. 'BtVmtm. IF PUBLIC CLAIMS ALONE WERE TO BE REGARDED, I KNOAV NOT TO WHOMICOULD MORE FITLY INSCRIBE THESEVOLUMES, THAN TO THE OFFICERS OF A REGIMENT, ON THE ROLLSOFWHICHARE THENAMES OF POLLOCK, MACGREGOR, TODD, SHAKESPEAR, LAWRENCE, ABBOTT, ANDERSON, AND OTHERS, DISTINGUISHED IN THE ANNALS OF THE AFGHAN war; BUT IT IS IN GRATEFUL RECOLLECTION OF SOME OF THE HAPPIESTTEARS OF MY LIFE THAT I DEDICATE THESEVOLUMES TO THE OFFICERS OF THE BENGAL ARTILLERY. Bletchinolev, Oct.30, 1651. ADVERTISEMENT TO THIRD EDITION. The present Edition of the "History of the War in Afghanistan" is a reproduction of the three-volumed Edition of1857, which was thoroughly revised, andmuch improved by the kindly aid of many of the chief actors in the scenes described. I do not think that I can make it any better. Only one alleged error has been brought to my notice since the last Edition was published. It is stated, in Chapter IV., page 55, that "Mr.Harford Jones, a civil servant of the Company, who was made a Baronet for the occasion, was deputed to Teheran to negotiate with the Ministers oftheShah." Thiswasfirstpublished in 1851. After a lapse of twenty-three years, I have recently been informed by the son of Sir Harford Jones, that his father was not made a Baronet in consideration of prospective but ofpast services. It iscertain that Mr.Harford Jones rendered good service to the East India Company, but it is equally certain that His Majesty's Government were VI ADVERTISEMENT TO THIRD EDITION. not very prodigal in their grants of honours to the Com- pany's servants. The Baronetcy was created in 1807, when the Persian Mission was under consideration but ; I must admit that there is a difference between coin- — cidences and consequences and, therefore, as I cannot establish the fact stated, I am willing to withdraw the assertion ofit, whatever may be my own convictions. J. W. K. liOSE-HlLL, March 1274.

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