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Travels and Adventures of an Officer's Wife
In India, China, and New Zealand by Mrs. Muter, wife of Lieut.-Colonel D. D. Muter. Thirteenth (Prince Albert's) Light Infantry in two volumes (1864)


The composition of this hook occupied a voyage from China to England. Notes from my journal furnished the matter, my husband dictating while I wrote. Thus the contents came to be coloured by the peculiar character of his mind, and this preface was rendered necessary; for I cannot allow the work to go forth without this explanation. Professional subjects are touched on, which many of my readers will see could not have emanated from me. Lieutenant-Colonel Douglas Muter used the opportunity of stating opinions he strongly held, and which he thought might be useful; but he would be sorry they should be published under the shelter of a lady’s name.

The original MS. was rambling and diffuse, having been commenced in the middle, and continued towards either end. Indeed it was in a very crude and incomplete state on our arrival in England. During our voyage to New Zealand it assumed its present form; and the chapters on that colony were added on the way from Dunedin to Calcutta.

At first the work was a subject of amusement, and furnished pleasant occupation for our time at sea. It was not, however, till it assumed some shape and consistency, that I entertained even the idea of publishing it; though my friends urged me to do so, on the plea that I had ample material, and that the adventures would be of interest to my countrywomen, as they portrayed the experiences of an officer’s wife in the various countries visited by her.

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