The Journal of a Voyage from Calcutta to Van Diemen's Land: Comprising a Description of that Colony During a Six Months' Residence

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Smith, Elder, and Company, 1833 - Electronic book - 117 pages
"An account of Mrs. Prinseps travels, including her experiences in Penang, Malaca, Batavia, Sumatra and Tasmania. In her preface she states "The delay in publication, occasioned by unforeseen circumstances, will not detract from the value of a book bearing record of Singapore and Van Diemen's Land, as in such new settlements and colonies, society is not susceptible of very rapid changes."."--Abebooks website.
 

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