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Page 375 - This is at once an instructive and amusing book. It contains a great deal of information, a vast number of anecdotes of distinguished persons, and a mass of general instruction, important and novel.
Page 375 - TRAVELS IN PALESTINE AND SYRIA ; BY GEORGE ROBINSON, ESQ. In 2 vols. post 8vo. with Maps and Plans, 21s. bound. " No one had previously attempted the task which Mr. Robinson has here executed, and no performance of the kind can be more desirable or advantageous to the public than the present is likely to prove.
Page 375 - AUSTRIA AND THE AUSTRIANS. WITH SKETCHES OF THE DANUBE AND THE IMPERIAL STATES. In 2 vols. post 8vo, With Portraits of the Emperor Ferdinand and Prince Metternich.
Page 52 - ... with merely raising so much grain as may suffice for their own consumption. In some parts they do indeed cultivate the vine somewhat extensively, and their wines are held in some repute among their neighbours ; but as they keep it, like every other people in this part of Asia, in skins, the insides of which are pitched, the flavour is rendered disagreeable to the European taste.
Page 347 - This cavern possesses the singular property of attracting electric matter; hence the peasants, whenever the atmosphere indicates au approaching thunder-storm, retreat with their flocks and herds to a considerable distance from such a dangerous neighbourhood. The depth of this cavern is likewise so great, that when a stone is thrown into it, eight seconds elapse before it is heard to reach the water at the bottom ; and if a pistol is fired into it, the report heard is equal in loudness to that of...
Page 51 - Persia in general, and they are infinitely superior to the serfs of Russia. I should also consider the ignominious epithet coward, which is applied by every Caucasian to a native of the plains of Georgia, too severe when used with reference to these people, who still exhibit some appearance of martial bearing, and whose fine eyes might yet sparkle with the fire of the soldier, were they guided by the military talents of a chief of their own choice. Indeed, this opprobrious term does not originate...
Page 376 - BAGOT, the irreproachable wife of two libertine Lords. The fair, the elegant, and the fascinating MISS JENNINGS, " who robbed the men of their hearts, the women of their lovers, but never lost herself." THE DUCHESS OF PORTSMOUTH, one of the most absolute of Royal Favourites. THE COUNTESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND, distinguished for her uncommon grace and beauty, and the blameless tenour of her life. And THE DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE, fair, kind, and true, and wedded to a nobleman, who, to the valour and bearing...
Page 229 - ... become in process of time, if good government and wholesome institutions lend their aid in advancing their prosperity, when we remember that the entire population at present is considerably under four millions, whereas, at a moderate calculation, the soil is capable of supporting four times the number. To ameliorate the condition of countries so long subjected to the leaden rule of the Ottoman Porte, to the oppressive government of rapacious hospodars, and latterly to the devastations and excesses...
Page 229 - ... lower orders have become so brutalized, from a long state of vassalage and the utter insecurity of property, as to be almost insensible to the hardships of their condition, while the better classes are lamentably demoralized. The form of worship professed by the inhabitants of these principalities (the Greek church) appears to have had but little influence in checking the growth of immorality in the one, or in enlightening the ignorance of the other. The want of a virtuous, well-educated, and...
Page 241 - ... of government and institutions, were to be guaranteed. They were declared free to make peace or war with any power not in hostilities with the Ottoman Porte. No mosques were to be erected in the country ; and any native who should abjure the Christian religion for Islamism forfeited his birthright and paternal inheritance . ' ' In return for these privileges they agreed to pay an annual sum to the Ottoman Porte, and to sell to that power, when demanded, the surplus produce of the soil. The Moldavians...

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