Extracts from an Account of the Russian Empire. a Short Sketch of the Political History of Ireland. Journal of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China. Appendix to the Journal Volume 2

Extracts from an Account of the Russian Empire. a Short Sketch of the Political History of Ireland. Journal of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China. Appendix to the Journal Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1807 edition. Excerpt: ...for the eldest son, on the death of his father, to receive a sort of investiture from the emperor, who, if no objection arises, never refuses it. They seem like the honors of the Casas Titulares in Portugal. These Tartar princes usually marry the daughters and nieces of the imperial family, and hold a certain rank at court in consequence of the alliance. They are obliged to come every year to attend the emperor's birth-day, and they then return home, being seldom detained, or employed in China in offices that require niuch literature, as their education is usually directed to military pursuits. Their weapons are chiefly the scymetar, and the bow and arrow, in the exercise of which they are remarkably expert. They seemed a good deal surprised when I once told them, in answer to their inquiries, that we had left off the use of the bow in Europe, and fought chiefly with fire-arms in its place. The bow is the emperor's favorite instrument of war; and I observe that he is always represented in the pictures as shooting at stags, wolves, and tigers with arrows, and never with a musket. Poo-ta-vang says that Moukden, or Chin-yan-tsin, as the Chinese call it, the emperor's Tartar capital, which is about two hundred miles off, is larger than Pekin, and that the emperor has immense treasures there. Scarcely any Chinese have ever been at Moukden, or indeed many miles beyond Gehol. Tuesday, September 17th. This day, being the emperor's birth-day, we set out for the court at three o'clock A.M. conducted by Van-ta-gifl, Chou-ta-gin, and our usual attendants. We reposed ourselves for above two hours in a large saloon at the entrance of the palace enclosure, where fruit, tea, warm milk, and other refreshments were brought to us. At last notice was given that the...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666597X
  • 9781236665973