The book originally written in the Indian Language, later it was translated into English by Sir Henry Miers Elliot, once secretary to the Govt of India. The compilation consist of 74 stories. The various episodes which will we presented to the reader may bring before his minds, some of the most striking and touching events of the history of that country of Hindustan. To furnish this ground work of this volume, ancient oriental analysis have been recourse to rather than European historians.
Il Musannif, literally, the composer or as he was known to his friends, captain C. F. Mackenzie, entered the military service of the East India company around 1850. He was posted to the 28 Regiment Native Infantry. His acquirements in this respect were the means of introducing him to the late Sir Henry Elliot, then engaged in translating into English the manuscript, history of India. Subsequently the death of Sir Henry Elliot, the same acquirements procured the Employment of Mackenzie in the consular service in Persia.
THE Author of this book having died since the manuscript was placed in the publishers' hands, it has devolved upon one of his oldest surviving comrades to see it through the press; and that comrade is now called upon to confide to the public who and what manner of man the Author was.
I Musannif-literally, the composer-or, as he was known to his friends, Captain C. F. Mackenzie, entered the military service of the East India Company thirty-eight years ago, and was posted to the 28th Regiment Native Infantry. He soon made himself remarkable for his love of the Eastern languages, more especially of Arabic and Persian; and it is scarcely too much to say that he gained a mastery over them which few have equalled. He could speak not only both, but the dialects of both, with great fluency. He could also speak and write both Turkish and Urdu with ease, besides being an accomplished French and German scholar. His acquirements in this respect were the means of introducing him to the late Sir Henry Elliot, then engaged in translating into English the manuscript histories of India. Subsequently to the death of Sir Henry Elliot, the same acquirements procured the employment of Mackenzie in the consular service in Persia.
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