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RELATING TO THE
MANNERS AND CUSTOMS
WRITTEN DURING A FOUR YEARS' RESIDENCE AMONG
BY MARY HOLDERNESS.
JOHN WARREN, OLD BOND STREET.
HAVING resided from the beginning of the year 1816 until the month of March 1820, at the village of Karagoss, in the Crimea, I had daily opportunities of becoming acquainted with the manners of the Tatar inhabitants of that neighbourhood. Such of these as appeared to me most remarkable I occasionally noted for the amusement of a friend in England, carefully committing to paper my observations as they successively arose.
The little collection thus made I now venture to offer to the public, nearly in the form in which it was originally composed.
Among numberless deficiencies and disqualifications of which I am conscious, I am induced to think that, as a resident and a female, I possessed advantages for acquiring information superior to those of the passing traveller. Of these I have endeavoured to avail myself, and by confining my remarks as much as possible to subjects consistent with my own knowledge, and of which I may be considered a competent witness, I am willing to hope that I have secured to my unconnected sketches the only merit to which they pretend - the recommendation of truth.