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Notice on Khoten. o.47 seems in itself little probable; probabilities, however, are of small importance when opposed to the contrary and positive assertion of a respectable reporter. But the placing Lunjoo, as first visited by the river, seems to be an inaccuracy, and fixing Soogoo to the eastward of the former city, is? a decided mistake, either of the original reporter or of my informant. ? The order of the progression of the river may be accounted for by a sweep; but the relative situation of the two cities is an error, as, by observations znade by the Jesuits, the portion of Kanchen between See Chew to the west, and Lanchen to the east, is ascertained. ' Had the reporter stated that, fi'om Kamool, the river had retro- graded into the Irtish, the account would have been less open to doubt; but when it is made by him to reach Lanchen, it is much more likely that it should disembogue into the Hoango. Ha?ing given my doubts, it is only candid to observe, that the Igours, from their original cormtry of Turfan, migrate to the banks of the lrtish. And if the streams of their original country fall into the IRish, this is easily conceivable.' lI.--.4ecount of Danish Discoveries on the East Coast of Green- land in 1829. THe. question respecting the existence of Icelandic colonies on the East coast of Greenland, anterior to the fourteenth century, when they were supposed to have been lost, has long been one of some historical and geographical interest; and although con- sidered by the learned writer of the annexed letter to be now settled, appears still to admit of plausible reasoning on both sides. Of the partichiefs now given, as bearing on it, the greater number were communicated to the Royal Geographical Society of London, in a letter addressed by Captain Zahrtm.ann, Hydrographer Royal, Copenhagen, to Captain Beaufort, and read to the Society at its second meeting, in November last. But the following nar- rative has been preferred, being an official report sent, by order of the Prince of Denmark, to the Geographical Society of Paris, and somewhat more minute:-- ? For some ages back the kings of Denmark have fitted out ex- peditions from time to time, with a view of re-discovering that part of Greenland which is said to have been formerly peopled by a colony from Iceland, but of which the trace was lost about the end of the fourteenth century. The persons charged with these expeditions have been as follows :?In the reign of Frederick II., Magnus Heinesen; in the reign of Christian IV., Jens Munk, Godske, Lindenon, and Carsten Richardsen; in the reign of