That the work might be as complete as possible, I have employed some sensible natives to compose dialogues upon subjects of a domestic nature, and to give them precisely in the natural style of the persons supposed to be speakers. I believe the imitation to be so exact, that they will not only assist the student, but furnish a considerable idea of the domestic œconomy of the country.
The great want of books to assist in acquiring this language, which is current through an extent of country nearly equal to Great Britain, and which, when properly cultivated, will be inferior to none, in elegance and perspicuity, has induced me to compile this small work; and to undertake the publishing of two or three more, principally translations from the Sungskrita. These will form a regular series of books in the Bengalee, gradually becoming more and more difficult, till the student is introduced to the highest classical works in the language.
Serampore, June 1, 1818.