Autobiography of James Silk Buckingham: Volume 2

Autobiography of James Silk Buckingham: Volume 2 : Including his Voyages, Travels, Adventures, Speculations, Successes and Failures

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James Silk Buckingham (1786-1855) was a writer who travelled extensively and published accounts of his adventures in places such as India, Persia, Egypt, and Palestine. He first went to sea as a boy, and, aged only ten, spent a period as a prisoner-of-war in Spain. He was expelled from India in 1823 for criticising the East India Company and the Bengal government. Back in London, he was a supporter of reform, and served as the first M.P. for the new constituency of Sheffield, from 1832 to 1837. He founded several journals, including The Athenaeum. On retiring from Parliament, he left for North America, where he spent nearly four years, and was highly critical of America's economic dependence on slavery. His autobiography was cut short by his death. Volume 2 covers his travels in the Middle East and India, where he met European travellers including Belzoni and Burckhardt.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139105477
  • 9781139105477

Table of contents

1. Voyage through the Straits of Scio to Smyrna; 2. New phase of life. Gaiety and pleasure in London; 3. Stay at Malta and agreeable parties there; 4. Agreeable stay at Smyrna, notwithstanding the plague; 5. Sail from Smyrna with a companion, the Hermes; 6. Elegant hospitalities and agreeable parties in England; 7. Sail for Smyrna. Leaving goods behind at Malta; 8. Embark for Egypt in the schooner Theodosia; 9. Voyage from Alexandria to Rosetta by the Lakes; 10. Offer to transport ships across the Desert of Suez; 11. Visit a caravan of slaves from the interior of Africa; 12. Descent of the Nile from Nubia, and the Cataracts; 13. Descent of the Nile from Keneh to Cairo; 14. Journey in search of the ancient canal; 15. Journey through the land of Goshen; 16. First interview with Mohammed Ali Pasha; 17. Departure for India by Suez and the Red Sea; 18. Voyage from Jedda by Loheia and Hodeida to Mocha; 19. Entrance to the noble harbour of Bombay; 20. Mercantile want of confidence in the Egyptian Pasha; 21. Voyage from Bombay to Suez by the Red Sea; 22. Arrival at Suez, and journey across the desert.
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