The following descriptive notes are taken from the diary of the English ensign William Francklin, of the East India
Company’s service, who visited Southern India on his way by sea from Bengal to Persia in 1786. Francklin touched
at Point de Galle, Ceylon, on March 24th, and proceeded thence along the Malabar coast and the western shores of India,
making stops at Anjengo in the district of Travancore, at Cochin and Tellicherri in Malabar, at Goa, and at Bombay. His
observations give us a view of these places at the close of the eighteenth century.