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 2 (Google eBook)

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H. Colburn, 1819 - Tripoli (Libya)
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Page 93 - All animated bodies soon discover it by the change it produces in them. The lungs, which a too rarefied air no longer expands, are contracted and become painful. Respiration is short and difficult, the skin parched and dry, and the body consumed by an internal heat. In vain is recourse had to large draughts of water ; nothing can restore perspiration. In vain is coolness sought for ; all bodies in which it is usual to find it deceive the hand that touches them. Marble, iron, water, notwithstanding...
Page 93 - The sky, at other times so clear in this climate, becomes dark and heavy ; the sun loses his splendour, and appears of a violet colour. The air is not cloudy, but grey and thick, and is in fact filled with an extremely subtile dust, which penetrates every where.
Page 32 - The convent of Nazareth, situated in the lower part of the village, contains about fourteen friars, of the Franciscan order. Its church, erected, as they relate, over the cave wherein the Virgin Mary is supposed to have resided, is a handsome edifice ; but it is degraded, as a sanctuary, by absurdities too contemptible for notice, if the description of them did not offer an instructive lesson showing the abject slate to which the human mind may be reduced by superstition.
Page 105 - Halluma easy, there could be no objection, after such professions from the Bey, to their both attesting their friendship on the Koran, the Bey answered, " with all my heart, 1 am ready.
Page 93 - This wind, always light and rapid, is not at first remarkably hot, but it increases in heat in proportion as it continues. All animated bodies soon discover it, by the change it produces in them. The lungs, which a too rarefied air no longer expands, are contracted and become painful.
Page 107 - Bey's blood, took from the blacks the worst baracan among them, making that serve for her whole covering ; thus habiting herself as a common slave, and ordering those around her to cover her with ashes. She went in that state directly to the Bashaw, and said to him, " that if he did not wish to see her poison herself and her children, he must give immediate orders that she might quit the castle, for that she would not live to look on the walls of it, nor to walk over the stones that could no longer...
Page 182 - Koran, for the advancement of his designs ; encouraging his followers to fight without fear, and even desperately, for the propagation of their faith, by representing to them that all their caution could not avert their inevitable destiny, or prolong their lives for a...
Page 104 - Halluma perceiving his sabre, begged of him to take it off before they began to converse, as, she assured him, his brother had no arms about him. The bey, to whom there did not appear the smallest reason for suspicion, willingly delivered his sabre to his mother, who laid it on a window near which...
Page 124 - The two brothers had not long before this taken the most sacred oaths of friendship and fidelity to each other, at the shrine of their temple ; and they had very recently gone together to renew these oaths in a still stronger manner, by performing the last ceremony resorted to in this country the mixing of blood. To accomplish this barbarous idea, they approached together the altar of Mahomet, and, after swearing by the koran, each to hold the other's life sacred, they wounded themselves with...
Page 222 - ... abstinence. The greatest part of the inhabitants were without the ramparts guarding the town, and the rest of the Moors, instead of being seen sitting on their terraces, were, by their fears and the Bashaw's orders, retired within their houses. In the streets no objects were visible but the town guard with their hungry pack of dogs, prowling about in vain for some strolling victim to repay them for their vigilance. Near us, not a sound broke upon the ear but that of the slow-swelling wave that...

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