A Journey from Bengal to England: Through the Northern Part of India, Kashmire, Afghanistan, and Persia, and Into Russia by the Caspian Sea, Volume 1

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R. Faulder and Son, 1808 - Afghanistan - 334 pages
 

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Page 340 - Should any future cause call forth the combined efforts of the Sicques to maintain the existence of empire and religion, we may see some ambitious chief led on by his genius and success, and, absorbing the power of his associates, display, from the ruins of their commonwealth, the standard of monarchy.
Page 17 - This tree, which in most parts of Asia is called the Chinur, grows to the size of an oak, and has a taper, straight trunk, with a silver-coloured bark, and its leaf, not unlike an expanded hand, is of a pale green.
Page 26 - Kashmirian, even of the lowest order, finds himself in the possession of ten shillings, he loses no lime in assembling his party, and launching into the lake, solaces himself till the last farthing is spent. Nor can the despotism of an Afghan government, which loads them with a various oppression and cruelty, eradicate this strong tendency to dissipation ; yet their manners, it is said, have undergone a manifest change, since the dismemberment of their country from Iliudostan.
Page 179 - ... of the mind or body could resist their force. They extended from recalling to the paths of virtue, the steps of a frail wife, and silencing the tongue of a scolding one, to curing chilblains, and destroying worms.
Page 335 - The chiefs are dis" tinguished by wearing some heavy gold " bracelets on their wrists, and sometimes a " chain of the same metal bound round their *' turbans, and by being mounted on better " horses : otherwise, no distinction appears " amongst them. The chiefs are numerous, " some of whom have the command of ten or ** twelve thousand cavalry ; but this power is " confined to a small number, the inferior " officers maintaining from one to two thou...
Page 22 - Kashmire are seen merchants and commercial agents of most of the principal cities of northern India, also of Tartary, Persia, and Turkey, who, at the same time, advance their fortunes, and enjoy the pleasures of a fine climate, and a country over which are profusely spread the various beauT ties of nature.
Page 229 - ... so well did these cavaliers fare. No sooner had they alighted, than beds were prepared for their repose, and their horses were supplied with green barley pulled out of the field. The Kafilah travellers were contented to lodge on the ground, and expressed their thanks for permission to purchase what they required; — such is the difference between "those who were in, and those who were out of power.
Page 79 - ... bricks, exhibit a mean appearance, and are ill suited to the grandeur which I expected to see in the capital of a great empire. But the Afghans are a rude unlettered people, and their chiefs have little propensity to the refinements of life, which indeed their country is ill qualified to gratify.
Page 21 - Kashmire fe transmitted to the Afghan capital in shaul goods, which I had an opportunity of seeing previously to the dispatch, and from the information then received, I am reasonably confirmed in the accuracy of this statement I have given. The shauls usually consist of three sizes, two of which, the long and the small square one, are in common use in India ; the othet long and very narrow, with a large mixture of black colour in it, is worn as a.
Page 229 - From the manner in which these men were treated, or rather treated themselves, I frequently wished for the power of migrating into the body of a Sicque for a few weeks — so well did these cavaliers fare.

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