Notes and Reflections, During a Ramble in the East; An Overland Journey from India, Visit to Athens, &C

Notes and Reflections, During a Ramble in the East; An Overland Journey from India, Visit to Athens, &C

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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. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...behind; perched on a hill, its white buildings seemed to rise in terraces one above another, and put me something in mind of Clifton. Here our favourable weather deserted us; the wind in our teeth retarded, though it did not stop us; receipts for the prevention of seasickness were tried, and, as usual, proved wholly unavailing; those who did not suffer had more room to walk the deck, and laughed at those who did. In this way passed six days, till, in the afternoon of the 18th, we again approached land: our last visit was to Asia; we now stop at Cosseir, and set foot on Africa. Cosseir is a small village built of unburnt brick, possessing a fort, originally constructed by the French; its existence is owing to its use as a port, in which some of the produce of Arabia can be exchanged for the corn of Egypt. Large quantities of grain used to be exported from it by Mehemet Ali, for the use of his troops in Arabia, while he was engaged in his long and fruitless effort to subjugate the Children of the Desert. We visited the governor, a friend of Ibrahim Pacha's, whom he was very desirous to see after his return from Syria, and therefore accepted our commander's offer of a passage to Suez. He came on board in the afternoon, under a salute from his fort, and brought with him three or four attendants, his secretary, pipe-bearer, swordbearer, &c. His carpets were spread upon the deck; and, after disposing conveniently around him his gun, sword, and pistols, all richly ornamented, he betook himself to repose. Our coal-cellar being partially replenished, we left Cosseir in the afternoon of the 20th, and entered the Straits of Jubal--so called from the small island of that name which forms one of the gate-posts--at daybreak on the following morning. To the...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236658876
  • 9781236658876