The Pali language is one of the Pralrits, or Aryan vernaculars of ancient India.It was spoken in the sixth century before Christ, and has therefore been a dead language for considerable over two years. A language is generally what its literature makes it. The existing Pali literature is of great extent and importance ; it is valuable alike to the philologist, the historian, the student of folklore and the student of comparative religion.
IWent to Ceylon as a member of the Civil Service at the end of 1860, and for three years was private secreetary to the then governor, Sir C. MacCarthy. Shortly before my health failed I made an effort to learn Pali under a native pandit, but met with different success. I am conciousof many imperfections in this dictionary,but theee fact it contains more than thirteen thousand words, earlier of Pali or Sanskrit entitles me, I think to be treated tenderly by my critics.