The History of Ceylon from the Earliest Period to the Present Time: With an Appendix, Containing an Account of Its Present Condition

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Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1845 - Sri Lanka - 399 pages
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Page 211 - Egypt was fixed to the months of December or January ; and as soon as their rich cargo had been transported on the backs of camels from the Red Sea to the Nile, and had descended that river as far as Alexandria, it was poured, without delay, into the capital of the empire. The objects of Oriental traffic...
Page 117 - The superior prerogative of birth, when it has obtained the sanction of time and popular opinion, is the plainest and least invidious of all distinctions among mankimi.
Page 289 - Carpenters, or house-builders, unless some few noble-men, but each one buildeth his own dwelling. In building whereof there is not so much as a nail used ; but instead of them every thing which might be nailed, is tyed with rattans and other strings, which grow in the woods in abundance ; whence the builder hath his Timber for cutting. The Country being warm, many of them will not take pains to clay their walls, but make them of boughs and leaves of Trees. The poorest sort have not above one room...
Page 323 - British nation, which has cut off the most ancient and noble families in his kingdom, deluged the land with the blood of his subjects, and, by the violation of every religious and moral law, become an object of abhorrence to mankind.
Page 274 - The Dutch, knowing his proud spirit, make their advantage of it, by flattering him with their ambassadors, telling him that they are his majesty's humble subjects and servants ; and that it is out of their loyalty to him that they build forts, and keep watches round about his country, to prevent foreign nations and enemies from coming ; and that, as they are thus employed in his majesty's service, so it is for sustenance, which they want, that occasioned their coining up into his majesty's country.
Page 287 - Portuguese ; in understanding, quick and apprehensive; in design, subtle and crafty; in discourse, courteous but full of flatteries; naturally inclined to temperance both in meat and drink, but not to chastity ; near and provident in their families, commending good husbandry. In their dispositions, not passionate ; neither hard to be reconciled again when angry. In their promises, very unfaithful ; approving lying in themselves, but misliking it in others : delighting in sloth, deferring labour till...
Page 62 - Kings have since reigned there successively, where by the ruins that still remain, it appears they spared not for pains and labour to build Temples and high Monuments to the honour of this God, as if they had been born only to hew Rocks, and great Stones, and lay them up in heaps. These Kings are now happy Spirits, having merited it by these their labours.
Page 310 - Y if the consent of the King were previously obtained to his carrying with him a sufficient military force to maintain his independence. It was at the same time proposed that, if the King should approve of it, he should transport his person and his court, for greater safety, into the British territories, there to enjoy all his royal rights, and to depute to...
Page 271 - ... took possession of it, were rather warriors than merchants. Their continual wars with the natives contributed to keep up the same spirit, and their principal attention seems to have...
Page 292 - How they and burn them with wood, which makes them more soft mate lronand fitter for the Furnace. When they have so done they have a kind of Furnace, made with a white sort of Clay, wherein they put a quantity of Charcoal, and then these Stones on them, and on the top more Charcoal. There is a back to the Furnace, like as there is to a Smith's Forge, behind which the man stands that blows, the use of which back is to keep the heat of the fire from him. Behind...

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