A Narrative of the Expedition to Dongola and Sennaar: Under the Command of His Excellence Ismael Pasha, Undertaken by Order of His Highness Mehemmed Ali Pasha, Viceroy of Egypt

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John Murray, 1822 - Dongola (Anglo-Egyptian Sudan). - 232 pages
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Page 3 - The town resolved to establish four schools, three on the east, and one on the west side of the river.
Page 192 - Adit," or Nile of Bruce, enters the Bahar el Abiud nearly at right angles, but such is the mass of the latter river, that the Nile cannot mingle its waters with those of the Bahar el Abiud for many miles below their junction. The waters of the Adit are almost black during the. season of its augmentation; those of the...
Page 147 - ... about two hundred yards across the point, and drinking of the Nile, the water of which appeared to me hard and tasteless in comparison. ' Nothing of the kind could be easier than to ascend the Bahar el Abiud from the place where we are. A canja, well manned and armed, and accompanied by another boat containing provisions for four or six months, and both furnished with grapnells to enable them at night to anchor in the river, might, in my opinion, ascend and return securely: as the tribes on its...
Page 143 - ... above Halfaia, the latter of which showed no signs of rising till nearly a month afterwards. As we are now upon new and interesting ground we shall give our readers all that Mr. English says of the Bahr el Abiad. . •, ' The Nile is not half as broad as the Bahar el Abiud, which is, from bank to bank, one mile higher than where the Nile joins it, about a mile and a quarter in breadth. It comes, as far as we can see it, from the west-south-west. The Nile of Bruce must, therefore, after the expedition...
Page 118 - ... the stream, by which it is regularly overflowed at the season of the inundation, and rendered very fruitful. The country contains abundance of salt, which the natives find in the hilly ground along the borders of the desert. It is * Narrative of Expedition, p. 112. We are told by Mr. English, that the ordinary price of a virgin wife in Berber is a horse, which Ihe bridegroom is obliged to present to the father of the girl he demands in marriage.
Page 118 - I rememher asking a young peasant of whom I bought provision one day, why he did not marry ? He pointed to a colt in the yard, and told me that when the colt hecame big enough, be should take a Wife."— Narrative, p.
Page 84 - otherwise I should not dare to look upon you. The pasha has treated me as his child, has clothed me as you see, and desires that you would leave war to make peace with him.
Page 155 - ... something resembling a crown, made of the same materials, upon his head. The other was the same young man who had come a few days past to the Pasha. He was dressed today in silks like the other, except that his head was bare of ornament. They were accompanied by a fine lad about sixteen, who was, it is said, the son of the predecessor of the present Sultan. All three were mounted on tall and beautiful horses, and accompanied by about two hundred soldiers...
Page 193 - Shendy the river is straightened, and traverses a deep and gloomy defile fonmed by high rocky hills, between which the Nile 'runs dark, deep, and rapidly for about twelve or fifteen miles. On emerging from this defile the river again spreads itself majestically and flows between immense plains of herbage bounded only by the horizon. About thirty miles above Nousreddin, the head village of Berber, we passed the mouth of the Bahr el Issuood (the Tacazze) on tbe eastern shore; it is the last river that...
Page 82 - ... hearsay what took place at the great battle in the vicinity which decided the fate of the Shageias and the Mamelukes, and opened a free passage to the gates of Sennaar. The fine cavalry of these people, it appears, fought desperately ; and the peasants, whom they had assembled by force or persuasion, with no other arms than lances and shields, threw themselves upon the cannon and were blown to pieces.

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