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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1839, by
HARPER & BROTHERS, In the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New-York.
The elephant, whether considered in relation to his natural or domestic condition, is undoubtedly the most remarkable of quadrupeds. If, by reason of his vast size and strength and his surprising sagacity, he is to be regarded, in his state of native wildness, as at once the mightiest and the wisest of the brute creation, his history is still more calculated to excite our curiosity and wonder, in as far as, notwithstanding all his formidable qualities, he has been made subservient to the uses of man. We are at a loss, indeed, in this latter view, whether we should most admire the astonishing docility and acuteness of the half-reasoning brute, or the all-mastering power of human ingenuity and skill.
The following pages contain a very full and particular account of this interesting animal, both in his wild and domestic state ; and they so abound in entertaining and instructive matter, that they may be read with equal advantage and delight by persons of
every age and of every degree of intellectual advancement. So connected, indeed, is