Travels and adventures in the Persian provinces on the southern banks of the Caspian Sea: With an appendix, containing short notices on the geology and commerce of Persia

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1826 - Iran - 384 pages
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Page 324 - Whilst deeply engaged in his labours, the epidemic cholera began to rage in the city : he was seized with it, and died under the rough remedies prescribed by the native physicians. Near the sources of the Tigris, Mr. Fraser says, dwell the remains of the numerous Christian population which inhabited all this part of the country in the times of the Greek emperors, and who were forced by their Mahomedan enemies to take refuge in these inaccessible regions. They now consist of four tribes : the Teearees,...
Page 83 - Itesht, the capital of Ghilan, also a place of very extensive trade .... The whole town is built in and surrounded by a forest of high trees, and none of the streets being straight, there is no one spot from whence a spectator can see to any distance. The buildings are indeed so screened and separated by foliage, that, except when passing through the bazaars, a stranger would never suspect that he was in the midst of a populous city.
Page 60 - They call me nazir of the zenanah *; but I do not " act, nor does the prince care that I should. He has plenty of " new and more favourite servants, and dislikes the sight of one " whom he has so deeply injured, and from whom he can now hope " for no advantage. I have no more money, nor do I wish to ob
Page 325 - He acts both as priest and general, leading the people to church or to war; and they all pay him implicit obedience. They are of the Nestorian creed, and hate Roman Catholics even more than Mahometans, putting to death, without mercy, all that fall into their hands.
Page 324 - They live under the rule of a sort of prelatical chief, whose dignity is hereditary in the family, although the chief himself, being set apart for the church, cannot marry. He acts both as priest and general, leading the people to church or to war ; and they all pay him implicit obedience. They are of the...
Page 83 - The rich and extensive plain in which Barfarosh is placed affording very considerable supplies of those articles produced in Mazanderan, constitutes this spot a mart for those commodities ; besides which, it is centrically placed with regard to Kasvin, Tehran, Shahrood, and the interior of Persia (being near two principal passes through the Elburz) as well as to Resht, the capital of Ghilan, also a place of very extensive trade...
Page 325 - Mahomedans; putting to death, without mercy, all that fall into their hands. Indeed they behave little less cruelly to any others who unfortunately come in their way. They can bring into the field fourteen thousand capital matchlock-men.
Page 60 - I am disgusted at seeing my substance constantly devoured by those who neither cared for me nor were even invited by me, and have pulled down my stables, and disposed of my horses. I have also given .up all my houses except this small one, and permanently reduced my establishment, which I could no longer afford to maintain. And now my heart is cold ; I have done with the world ; I neither seek nor will accept of service. They call me nazir of the zenanah ; but I do not act, nor does the Prince...
Page 86 - The sugar-cane in Mazanderan requires twelve months to ripen, but the canes are small and poor, few being ever found thicker than a man's finger, and the produce is of very inferior quality, being dark and moist. Both these defects, in all probability, arise from want of skill in the cultivation and preparation of this valuable plant. The sugar is mostly consumed in the province, a considerable portion, however, is exported to Gilan and some to Russia.
Page 67 - I began to tremble for my sketches: — but his own brilliantlycoloured prints fortunately carried the day, and mine were returned. In viewing this show, the company, one and all, seemed to forget themselves in the delight which it produced. The prince got up nimbly from his musnud, and placed himself in the middle of the room, in order to show it in the best light — the others, physicians, ministers, servants, all squatted round him promiscuously, roaring out their various opinions and applause,...

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