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, 1808 - India - 361 pages

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Page 300 - 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 293 - The personal endowments of the Sicques are derived from a temperance of diet, and a forbearance from many of those sensual pleasures which have enervated the Indian Mahometans. A body of their cavalry has been known to make marches of forty or fifty miles, and to continue the exertion for many successive days.
Page 297 - An extensive and valuable commerce is also maintained in their country, which has been extended to distant quarters of India, particularly to the provinces of Bengal and Behar, where many Siek merchants of opulence at this time reside.
Page 205 - Hindostan to the obedience of the empire. Towards the northern limit of Kalour, is a strong hold on an eminence, called the Kote Kangrah, the reduction of which detained Acbar, who commanded the expedition in person, a whole year, according to the tradition of this quarter. To reward one of his officers who had signalized himself in this service, he bestowed on him the captured fort, with a considerable space of adjacent territory. The descendants of this chief who are ofihe Sheah's sect of Mahometans,...
Page 294 - ... astonishing. In their excursions they carry " no tents or baggage, except, perhaps, a small " tent for the principal officer : the rest shelter " themselves under blankets, which serve them •'' also in the cold weather to wrap themselves " in, and which, on a march, cover their saddles. *; They have commonly two, some of them " three, horses each, of the middle size, strong,
Page 233 - The Sicques were called in to repel the enemy and defend the fort of Bissouly, but after performing the required service they became pleased with their new situation, and refused to relinquish...
Page 147 - Priviledges and Possessions would have been endangered by every Supply we might have been tempted to afford in support of the New and the Natives must have finally triumphed in our inability to sustain the weight of our own Ambition.
Page 292 - ... certainty, the horses are drawn up, and their pieces discharged ; when, speedily retiring about a hundred paces, they load, and repeat the same mode of annoying the enemy. The...
Page 281 - Punjab) which they rapidly laid waste, and after several desultory acsions, in which the Afghans were defeated, they besieged, and, what seems extraordinary, they took the city of Lahore ; where wildly indulging the enmity that had never ceased to inflame them against these severe scourges of their nation, they committed violent outrages. The mosques that had been...
Page 295 - Their dress is extremely scanty : a " pair of long blue drawers, and a kind of " checkered plaid, a part of which is fastened " round the waist, and the other thrown over " the shoulder, with a mean turban, form their *

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