A brief narrative of the travels and literary life, of ... John F. Usko, written by himself

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Page 29 - Holy Scriptures contrary to the present manners and customs of the East ; or to geography, and the situation of the different places mentioned therein; but, on the contrary, all is conformable to the different prophecies and descriptions in the sacred writings.
Page 30 - Hebrew. I have preached in Prussia, in German, and Polish^ at Smyrna, in Italian, French, English, and German. I performed divine service at Smyrna, according to the Liturgy of the Church of England ; finding that the prayers contained therein were excellent in all respects and that we Lutherans have the same principles in our Church ; as we admit of bishops, and receive the Augsburgh Confession by Melancthon, which approaches very near to, or rather coincides with, the Church of England, with respect...
Page 30 - I beg leave to add, that those which I have learnt grammatically, are the German, Polish, Latin, Greek, (ancient and modern) Arabic, Hebrew, Syriac, -Chaldaic, Turkish, Persian, English, Italian, French, Spanish, and Dutch; but the two last I have given up.
Page 23 - ... dreadful rebellion of the Turkish mob, who set fire to our European quarter of the town and burnt it. There we lost in the fire our best houses and libraries, but preserved from destruction the English chapel. In 1798, I accompanied two of my pupils to Europe, on board an Imperial ship, which...
Page 20 - We took a passage on board the same ship, were treated with great politeness by the worthy captain, and sailed over the Persian Gulf to Bassora. Here we stayed with Mr. Manesty, the Hon. East India Company's agent, more than a month, continuing my study of the Persian language, and especially reading their difficult manuscripts, under a Persian master. We departed from Bassora the beginning of March, for the dreary Desert of Arabia, riding on camels, and accompanied by six Arabs likewise on camels,...
Page 23 - English renegado, who knew us, having; been at Smyrna several times before : a very happy circumstance for us ! We were well treated, and honoured in every possible way. "From Modon we sailed to Zante, where the French, having got at that time possession of the Seven Islands, retained us as prisoners of war. However, we received in a fortnight an order to proceed to Corfu, to be presented to the general in chief (Chabot) We were therefore obliged to sail in a boat from island to island; landed on...
Page 13 - I went in 1792 to Constantinople, where I continued to study more closely the Turkish language. I made acquaintance with the ambassadors and ministers who resided there, and was appointed Professor of Oriental Languages for the King of Prussia, with the intention of retaining me at Constantinople as chaplain to the Legation. But my situation...
Page 14 - Van Dedem) I departed for the Dardanelles, travelled over the plain of Troy, went to Mytilene, to Scio, the Morea, Athens, and Greece; to the Islands of the Archipelago, as Paros and Antiparos (where I descended into its famous grotto); to Naxus, DeJos, Tino, Samos, Patmos, (where the grotto is shown in which they pretend that St.
Page 14 - Revelation); to Rhodes, Cos, &c.; and then I returned to the continent of Asia Minor, and went to Scalanuova, Miletus, Ephesus, Magnesia ad Meandrum, Pryene, Sardis, Magnesia ad Sypilum, Thyatira, Pergamo, &c. when I examined the state of the Seven Churches mentioned in the Revelation of St. John. On coming back to Smyrna, I stayed there till the year 1795.
Page 24 - I to see that most enviable country! I had here the honour to be , presented (at the recommendation '.of the RW Levant Company) to the Lord Bishop of London, who received me with the greatest condescension and kindness, of which I shall for ever retain a grateful- memory. After a stay of only two months and a half in England, I returned to the continent of Europe, through Hamburgh, to see my friends and relations in Prussia. In passing through Berlin, I was presented to the King and Queen of Prussia,...

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