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scientific nature, some details of that description will be found in the Appendix and in a chapter (Chap. XVII.) devoted to the physical geography of the region passed through.

The object, equipment, and assistance rendered the “Upper Yang-tsze Expedition,” are sufficiently explained in the body of the work to relieve me from trying the reader's patience by protracting the prefatory part of a production pretending only to accuracy, simplicity, and impartiality; and as no apology is required at the present time for the publication of any reliable information concerning China and its inhabitants, particularly with respect to the state of the disturbed districts, I humbly but unhesitatingly submit to the reader this record of a private expedition, which, principally by means of its own resources, ascended one of the greatest rivers in the world a distance of eighteen hundred miles, and by the care of Divine Providence was permitted to return the same distance to the coast after an absence of five months.

London, October, 1862.

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Departure from Fu— Our boat's crew - An opium-smoker – Boatmen's songs

- The bowsman and his son The one-eyed cook — Boatmen's fare and
wages — Fortified hills — Vegetable productions – Ranges of hills

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