Voyages and travels through the Russian empire, Tartary, and part of the kingdom of Persia

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Page 444 - ... of their fhifts, which are commonly of filk, from a point immediately below the navel, are embroidered down to the bottom with gold or filver figures, forming a large triangle, whofe upper angle is acute. They never cut...
Page 442 - As ihe pafled through, fhe carefully picked up fome barley out of horfe-dung and eat it; at which one of our dragoons would have beaten her, if I had not prevented him. The Prince * having been informed of her diftrefs, caufed feed her and her attendants, as long as we irayed there. She faid, that fhe was well born, and had been married to a Khan ; but that her family happening to fall under the Shach's difpleafure f was utterly extirpated, and that none remained with her but the two girls, who...
Page 443 - I was informed of, which are not worth repeating. Men may marry for life, or for any determined time in Perfia, as well as through: all Tartary. I was allured, that merchants, and other travellers, who intended to flay a month, or longer, in any city, commonly applied to the cadee, or judge, for a wife during the time he propofed to flay. That the cadee, for a dated gratuity, produced a number of girls, whom he declared to be honeft, and free from difeafes, and became furety for them.
Page 444 - ... in them. The Perfian women are all drefled in long gowns of filk or cotton : They all wear filk or cotton drawers, which reach down to their ancles; they wear bracelets of gold, either wrought or fet with precious ftones about their ancles and...
Page 445 - I felt their pulfe: and though frequently it is very neceflary to fee their faces, infome difeafes, the Perfians never would permit them to be unvailed. When they go to the bath, which they do twice or thrice in a week, they are veiled with white linen, but have a piece of net-work before their eyes, which renders every thing vifible to them, but prevents any from feeing them.
Page 444 - It is laid, that, amongft thoufands, there has not been one inftance of their difhonefty, during the time agreed upon. I have been alfo told, that merchants who trade in different cities...
Page 28 - Whereupon the whole aflembly unanimoufly declared, that this change could not be brought about, but by conforming to the laft will of Peter the Great, according to which the Princefs Elizabeth was the fole heirefs to the throne. The...
Page 442 - The women in Perfia are well enough proportioned ; but I was informed they were not very beautiful, having had but few opportunities of feeing them myfelf. At Cura I one day...
Page 443 - I was not miftaken, for they were common to any. * I once faw a few girls who were kept by one of the Generals of the Perfian army, look out of a tent uncovered, as we palled by; but I was told, that if their Lord knew that they had expofed themfelves, he would have punifhed them molt feverely.
Page 442 - Jeave her. This woman never had been a beauty. I have feen many girls, efpecially at Refhd, who were very beautiful; but I was informed that thefe were Georgians. * One day, paffing by a houfe out of the city, five or fix beautiful girls appeared at the door uncovered, and feemed to be very merry : they laughed, and made fome figns, as it were, inviting my comrades and me to go into the houfe ; and I was told by others, that I was...

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