Letters Written During a Ten Years' Residence at the Court of Tripoli: Published from the Originals in the Possession of the Family of the Late Richard Tully, Esq., the British Consul: Comprising Authentic Memoirs and Anecdotes of the Reigning Bashaw, His Family, and Other Persons of Distinction; Also an Account of the Domestic Manners of the Moors, Arabs, and Turks, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Henry Colburn, 1819 - Tripoli (Libya) - 375 pages
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Page 112 - So, where our wide Numidian wastes extend, Sudden, th' impetuous hurricanes descend, Wheel through the air, in circling eddies play, Tear up the sands, and sweep whole plains away. The helpless traveller, with wild surprise, Sees the dry desert all around him rise, And smother'd in the dusty whirlwind dies.
Page 335 - The black fell at the merchant's feet, and entreated him not to separate them, declaring that if he did, he would lose all the money he had paid for them both ; for that although knives and poison were kept out of their way, no one could force them to eat ; and that no human means could make them break...
Page 166 - ... repast; that he had examined the Moor's horse, and found it too much exhausted to bear him through a hard journey the next day, but that before sunrise an able horse with every accommodation would be ready at the door of the tent, where he would meet him and expect him to depart with all speed.
Page 25 - They went, and found a hospitable race; Not prone to ill, nor strange to foreign guest, They eat, they drink, and Nature gives the feast; The trees around them, all their fruit produce; Lotos, the name; divine, nectareous juice!
Page 164 - Hassuna, a chief of a party of the Bey's (of Tripoli) troops, pursued by Arabs, lost his way, and was benighted near the enemy's camp. Passing the door of a tent which was open, he stopped his horse and implored assistance, being exhausted with fatigue and thirst. The warlike Arab bid his enemy enter his tent with confidence, and treated him with all the respect and hospitality for which his people are so famous. The highest among them, like the Patriarchs of old, wait on their guest.
Page 272 - ... to be removed from the spot, and were obliged to be buried where they were; while in others, children were wandering about deserted, without a friend belonging to them. The town was almost...
Page 266 - Ramadan, he still continues to receive his court in another part of the palace. All his subjects are permitted to approach the throne to do homage to their sovereign on the first day of the feast. Two of the people in whom the Bashaw has the greatest confidence stand on each side of him : their office is to lay hold of the arm of...
Page 334 - ... for carrying off slaves. He was just easy enough in his circumstances not to be afraid of being bought or stolen himself, as it is in general only the unprotected that are carried off by these hunters of the human race. His conjectures were just he saw his betrothed wife in the hands of those who had stolen her.
Page 60 - Bashaw receives his court on gala days. It is finished on the outside with Chinese tiles, a number of which form an entire painting.
Page 164 - Patriarchs of old, wait on their guest. A man of rank, when visited by a stranger, quickly fetches a lamb from his flock and kills it, and his wife superintends her women in dressing it in the best manner.