I may now, therefore, venture to hope, without meriting the charge of presumption, that the following pages, which I have spared no pains to render accurate and impartial, will prove an acceptable present to the Public, particularly as whatever relates to Russia, and more especially to the Southern Provinces of that Empire, bears. at this moment, from the circumstances of the time, a more than ordinary interest.
I have had an opportunity of obtaining a corrected statement of the population of particular towns, from the last census, which I have subjoined: but of the correctness of the former in the aggregate, I am induced to feel increased certainty, from the opinion of a more competent judge than myself on that subject.
I have also revised and enlarged my "Notes on the Manners and Customs of the Crim Tatars," in order, by adding them to the present volume, to form a more complete whole.
It is highly gratifying to my feelings to state, that the indulgence which has been extended to that little work, has not been confined to my own country, since it has recently been honoured by the condescending approbation of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Alexander.