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INSTRUCTION OF MUSKETRY
ELPHINSTONE W. BEGBIE,
LIEUTENANT H. M.'S MADRAS INFANTRY.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY
W. MITCHELL, MILITARY BOOKSELLER,
39, CHARING CROSS.
200. m. 129.
The flattering reception which the author's "Questions on Musketry" have already received, together with his earnest desire to make them more extensively useful, have induced him to publish the accompanying Answers to them. He considers the arrangement of a separate publication to be preferable to that of placing question and answer consecutively in one volume, as encouraging, that exercise of the memory and judgment, which the too easy access to correct solutions afforded by the catechetical method would obviously tend to impede. The author would express his earnest hope that no student, desirous of attaining a thorough knowledge of the subject, will have recourse to this little work merely as a short cut to its attainment; knowledge thus attained being at the best only superficial and very meagre.
The sole object in view is, not to furnish the student with facilities for cramming, but with a "key" to which to resort for the solution of difficulties, and also as a test by which he may himself ascertain his knowledge of the subject. ¶ To avoid ambiguity, the language adopted has been as much as possible that of the "Red Book."
The numbers prefixed to the Answers corresponding with those of the Questions, reference between the two is facilitated.
Cheltenham, 22nd November, 1862.
E. W. B.