Travels of the Russian Mission Through Mongolia to China: And Residence in Pekin, in the Years L820-l821, Volume 1

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1827 - China - 496 pages
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Page 361 - Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Page 353 - The dress of the women differs but little from that of the Egyptians, except in the face veil, which is generally white. There is an independent bearing about the Yambu' men, strange in the East; they are proud without insolence, and they look manly without blustering.
Page 365 - Pekin, instead of the Roman Catholic missionaries. The Chinese have long been desirous of driving away the latter, who maintain their ground only by virtue of an ordinance of the emperor Kanghi.
Page 355 - While astrology has led in other nations to the study of astronomy, the Chinese, though they have studied astrology for some thousand years, have made no progress in the real knowledge of the stars. Their ancient boasted observations, and the instruments which they make use of, were brought by the learned men whom Koubila'i, the grandson of Gingis Khan, had invited from Balk and Samarcand.
Page 355 - ... but, on account of the general superstition, it must mark in the almanac the lucky and unlucky days, the best days for being married, for undertaking a journey, for making their dresses, for buying, or building, for presenting petitions to the emperor, and for many other cases of ordinary life. By this...
Page 308 - ... gravel. The foundations consist of large unhewn stones ; the rest of the wall is of brick ; its height is twenty-six feet, and its breadth at the top, fourteen. Towers, in which there are many cast iron cannon, are placed at about an hundred paces from each other; the great tower is decayed from age : the gate is much damaged, as well as the adjacent wall. No care is now taken to keep it in repair.
Page 36 - Fokien, the dry, dirty, and damaged leaves and stalks of the tea are thrown aside, they are then mixed with a glutinous substance, pressed into moulds, and dried in ovens. These blocks are called by the Russians, on account of their shape, brick tea.
Page 1 - The Russians shall henceforth occupy at Peking the kouan or court which they now inhabit. According to the desire of the Russian Ambassador, a church shall be built with the assistance of the Chinese government. The priest who now resides there, and the three others who are expected, shall live in the kouan above mentioned.
Page 132 - English, in 181(1; at the head of which was Lord Amherst. The latter was indeed likewise sent back unheard, but from motives very different from those which caused the dismissal of the other. " England is much more favourably situated with respect to China, than the empire of the Czars. It has never been obliged by the Chinese to cede a territory which it had occupied, or to sign a disadvantageous treaty. Its conquests in India, though the court of...
Page iii - This being premised, it is natural to inquire, what advantage literature and science have derived from the Russians having thus possessed for a hundred years an opportunity which no other Christian nation has enjoyed, and which, if allowed to natives of England, France, or Germany, would most probably have long since made us fully acquainted with every thing relating to the history, institutions, government, &c. of this great empire and its extensive dependencies. To this no satisfactory answer can...

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