A Historical & Philosophical Sketch of the Discoveries & Settlements of the Europeans in Northern & Western Africa: At the Close of the Eighteenth Century

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J. Moir, 1799 - Africa - 442 pages

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Page 324 - The air was sweet and plaintive, and the words, literally translated, were these. "The winds roared, and the rains fell. The poor white man, faint and weary, came and sat under our tree. He has no mother to bring him milk; no wife to grind his corn.
Page 14 - ... more liable, in general, to err than man, but in general, also, more virtuous, and performing more good actions than he. I never addressed myself in the language of decency and friendship, to a woman, whether civilized or savage, without receiving a decent and friendly answer.
Page 15 - I have known both hunger and nakedness to the utmost extremity of human suffering. I have known what it is to have food given me as charity to a madman ; and I have at times been obliged to shelter myself under the miseries of that character, to avoid a heavier calamity. My distresses have been greater than I have ever owned, or ever will own to any man. Such evils are terrible to bear ; but they never yet had power to turn me from my purpose. If I live, I will faithfully perform, in its utmost extent,...
Page 14 - I never addressed myself in the language of decency and friendship, without receiving a decent and friendly answer. With man it has often been otherwise. In wandering over the barren plains of inhospitable Denmark, through honest Sweden, and frozen Lapland, rude and churlish Finland, unprincipled Russia, and the wide-spread regions of the wandering Tartar — if hungry, dry, cold, wet or sick, the women have ever been friendly to me, and uniformly so : and to add to this virtue, (so worthy the appellation...
Page 202 - A young wife is brought in upon us, who is permitted to abuse us and our children because we are no longer regarded. Can human nature endure such tyranny ? What kindness can we show to our female children, equal to that of relieving them from such oppression, more bitter a thousand times than death ? I say again, would to God that my mother had put me under ground the moment I was born!
Page 331 - Tombuctoo, he took up his lodging at a sort of public inn, the landlord of which, when he conducted him into his hut, spread a mat on the floor, and laid a rope upon it ; saying " if you are a Mussulman, " you are my friend, sit down ; but if you are a Kafir, you are " my slave ; and with this rope, I will lead you to market.
Page 13 - I have always remarked that women in all countries are civil and obliging, tender and humane; that they are ever inclined to be gay and cheerful, timorous and modest ; and that they do not hesitate like men, to perform a generous action. Not haughty, not arrogant, not supercilious, they are full of courtesy; and fond of society ; more liable in general to err than man, but in general also more virtuous, and performing more good notions...
Page 349 - Abdulkader, answer me this question. If the chance of war had placed me in your situation, and you in mine, how would you have treated me?" "I would have thrust my spear into your heart," returned Abdulkader, with great firmness; "and I know that a similar fate awaits me.
Page 349 - Damel coolly told the ambassador that he had no choice to make ; he neither chose to have his head shaved nor his throat cut ; and with this answer the ambassador was civilly dismissed. Abdulkader took his measures accordingly, and with a powerful army invaded Damel's country.
Page 322 - I was anxiously looking around for the river, one of them called out, geo affilli (see the water); and looking forwards, I saw with infinite pleasure the great object of my mission; the long sought for, majestic Niger, glittering to the morning sun, as broad as the Thames at Westminster, and flowing slowly to the eastward.

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