A Year Among the Circassians, Volume 1

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Colburn, 1840 - Circassia
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Page 193 - To found an argument for the value of Christianity on external evidence, and not on the condition of man and the pure idea of God, is to hold up a candle before our eyes that we may better see the stars. The religion of all Pagans indiscriminately has often been written of by zealous Christians in the worst spirit of Paine and Voltaire.
Page 152 - What is it you look for? Are you not aware that if the heavens should fall, Russia, could prop them with her bayonets ? The English may be good mechanics and artizans, but power dwells only with Russia. No country ever waged successful war against her. Russia is the most powerful of all nations. If you desire peace you must be convinced that there are but two powers in existence — God in heaven and the emperor upon earth.
Page 155 - Of all nations under heaven, the greatest and most powerful, is England ; she takes precedence of all, and is never guilty of falsehood. How do you presume to say she is false ? We know that when France invaded Egypt, and attacked the Mamelukes, she was expelled from it by England, who thus earned the gratitude of Circassians. You speak too loftily when you talk of destroying this country; such language becomes the Almighty alone. You seem to think you can do all you please, but though we be but...
Page 189 - More than once the path was so steep that we had to dismount and lead our horses. The shades of evening had begun to deepen around us when we reached the beautiful hamlet, " navelled in woody hills,'- called Aboon Bashi, or the Sources of the Aboon.
Page 158 - He looks not unnaturally to that which should accompany old age — honour, love, obedience, troops of friends...
Page 97 - ... submit. For the attainment of this object, it may be thought, a regular representative system would be best calculated; they prefer, however, the confusion and uncertainty which must prevail under their present mode of proceeding, to the betrayal of their interests which might result from the former. So jealous, indeed, is this sovereign people of their power, that no individual will trust his share of it out of his own hands, or even formally delegate it to any particular or any given number...
Page 194 - ... accession to our shipping trade. A point on which a merchant would perhaps feel less confidence, is the nature of the returns ; but I do not apprehend the difficulty would be so great as may be imagined. Certainly, he could not purchase slaves, but investments might easily be made in wax, honey, butter, hides, sheep and goats, wool, fox-skins, grain of every description, and boxwood...
Page 192 - Islamism, countenanced and practised by the chiefs and the effendis, is respected ; but paganism, from its associations with their customs, habits, and feelings, is much more popular. At least, this is the case as regards these two provinces...
Page xiv - Hadji. The first was a tall, stately person, with a grave and somewhat heavy countenance, whom the superior neatness of his dress, his long flowing caftan of silk, and the whiteness of his turban, indicated as the chief. He wore at his girdle a Circassian cama or dagger, with a broad, two-edged blade, and an ivory handle. He joined little in the conversation, partly from reserve and partly for the same reason as myself, that he knew little of the Turkish language. His taciturnity, however, was made...

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