A narrative of a visit to the court of Sinde: a sketch of the history of Cutch, from its first connexion with the British government in India till the conclusion of the treaty of 1819; and some remarks on the medical topography of Bhooj

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J. Stark, 1831 - Bhuj (India) - 253 pages
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Page 146 - You will also be pleased to express to Dr Burnes the real satisfaction with which government observes public officers devote their leisure to such objects of useful research, and to acquaint him that his clear and concise account of Cutch will be brought to the notice of the Honourable the Court of Directors. — I have the honour to be, &c. (Signed) T. WILLIAMSON, Secretary to Government.
Page 94 - Persian goldsmiths are engaged at court, where they work in enamel, and contrive expedients to display the jewellery of their masters to advantage. The art of enlaying letters of gold on steel has also been brought to the greatest perfection by these artisans. The Ameers have agents in Persia, Turkey, and Palestine, for the purchase of swords and gun-barrels, and they possess a more valuable collection of these articles than is probably to be met with in any other part of the world. I have had in...
Page 230 - In every species of native society in-Gutch, the influence of opium is apparent. The character of the people has even acquired a dull phlegmatic cast from its effects, though it must be remarked that these may bear no proportion to the immense quantity of the drug that is used. With the exception of an unwillingness on the part of the opium-eaters to exert themselves, which probably arises partly from natural laziness, the use of this powerful narcotic does not appear to destroy the powers of the...
Page 114 - ... and despotism are debasing it more and more every day. There is no zeal but for the propagation of the faith ; no spirit but in celebrating the Eed ; no liberality but in feeding lazy Seyuds ; and no taste but in ornamenting old tombs.
Page 11 - Bannis war, and as the Russians had entered Persia, the Mirs had taken this mode of prudently making friendly advances to our government. Few gave them credit for sincerity in the reason assigned ; and several of my friends were strongly of opinion that I ought not to venture into Sindh without some specific assurance of protection. " For my own part I had ever felt a feverish anxiety to cross the forbidden frontier, and particularly to view the classic river Indus.
Page 69 - They are utterly lost who have slain their children foolishly/ without knowledge;' and have forbidden that which GOD hath given them for food, devising a lie against GOD.
Page 157 - Ven at once weak and odious, he successfully intrigued with the troops, with the ministers by whom the civil business of the Government was still conducted, and with some of the leading Jadejas ; until, in the year 1792, he was enabled to expel Dosal Ven and his colleagues, and to transfer the reins of Government into his own hands. He conducted the affairs of Cutch with firmness and ability for ten years, until...
Page 199 - ... Shah Mahmood, 401 a letter more explicit to Capt. McMurdo, the Political Agent. This demand did not alarm the mind of the Govr. Genl. (Marquis of Hastings), who wrote a reply, treating it as a forgery ; at the same time, in express terms, informing the king that the British Government, while it did not " misuse its strength by wantonly trespassing on its neighbours, it has never been attacked without destroying those who unjustly assailed it.
Page 80 - I perceived amongst them, I now proceed to finish the sketch of the Belooche character, by describing those points in which they all appeared to me to correspond. With regard to religion, they are, with a very few exceptions to the westward, Soonee Moosulmans, and inveterate in their hatred and enmity against the Sheeas *, under which persuasion, I am convinced, it would be more dangerous to appear in Beloochistan, than even as a Christian.
Page 79 - Khan, on one occasion, depopulated, at a loss to his revenue of between two and three lacs of rupees annually, one of the most fertile spots in the neighbourhood of Hyderabad, because it was frequented by a species of hog deer...

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