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JULY AND OCTOBER, 1821.
"Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things
THE REV.. WILLIAM BENGO' COLLYER, D.D.,
THE REV. THOMAS RAFFLES, LL. D.,
JAMES BALDWIN BROWN, ESQ., LL. D.
Printed by James Moyes, Greville Street,
FOR THOMAS AND GEORGE UNDERWOOD,
S2, FLEET STREET;
BLACK, KINGSBURY, PARBURY, AND ALLEN, LEADENHALL STREET;
A Short Account of the Battas, a Race of Cannibals in the Interior of Sumatra.
WE had intended to commence the present number of our work with some brief memoirs, in the form of an extended obituary, of a few of the most celebrated persons who died in the course of the last year: this intention, we have, however, been induced to abandon, by the arrival, just as these memoirs were going to press, of a volume of Malayan Miscellanies," the first book ever printed in the island of Sumatra; and from its pages we shall fill up the two sheets left for matter, which we should despair of rendering as interesting, and which, certainly, could not be as new to our readers. The following are the contents of this curious volume, presented by SIR THOMAS STAMFORD RAFFLES, Lieutenant-Governor of Bencoolen, to one of the editors of the Investigator, who, together with his colleagues, has already been greatly indebted to his kindness, for some very valuable communications.
"1. Description of Malayan Plants. By William Jack. No. 1.-2. Notes on Bali.-3. Annals of Achim, translated from the original MS.-4. A short account of the Battas.-5. Descriptions of Malayan Plants. By William Jack. No. 2.-6. Annotations and Remarks, with a view to illustrate the probable origin of the Dayaks, the Malays, &c.-7. Short Account of the Islands of Timor, Rotti, Savu, Solor, &c.-8. Sketch of Borneo, or Pulo Kalamantin. By J. Hunt.-9. Notices on Zoological subjects. By Messrs. Diard and Devaucel.-10. Some particulars relative to Sulo, in the Archipelago of Felicia. By J. Hunt.-11. Proceedings of the Native School Institution.- 12. Meteorological Table, extracted from a Register kept at Bencoolen, during the years 1818 and 1819.-13. Poem in the Malay Language, descriptive of the Journey of the Lieut.-Governor to Menangcabow, in 1818."
The fourth of these papers is, perhaps, the most curious; and as we are satisfied that the information it contains may be implicitly relied upon, we proceed to lay it before our
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