Memoirs of Baron de Tott: Containing the State of the Turkish Empire & the Crimea, During the Late War with Russia. With Numerous Anecdotes, Facts, & Observations, on the Manners & Customs of the Turks & Tartars, Volume 2

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Page 131 - Asiatics, whose peaceable intentions were at least doubtful." " I took care to cover my escort with my small troop of Europeans ; and we continued to march on, in this order, which had no very hostile appearance, when we perceived a motion in the enemy's camp, from which several of the Turcomen advanced to meet us, and I soon had the musicians of the different hordes, playing and dancing before me all the time we were passing by the side of their camp.
Page 70 - Riches are not there deftructive to the Lives of Men, The Refearches I have carefully made, concerning the Plague, which I once believed to originate in Egypt, have convinced me, that it would not be fo much as known there, were not the Seeds of it conveyed thither by the commercial Intercourfe between Conftantinople and Alexandria.
Page 131 - The commander of the detachment then showed me the tents of the Turcomen, pitched on the banks of the lake, near which we were to pass. It was no easy task to keep my company in good spirits, within sight of six or seven thousand Asiatics, whose peaceable intentions were at least doubtful.
Page 4 - A. having been almost forgotten, from the long peace which preceded the war abovementioned, the Christians imprudently crowded to witness the exhibition; the emir, who preceded the holy standard, cried with a loud voice, " Let no infidel profane with his presence the banner of the prophet; and let every Mussulman, who perceives an unbeliever, make it known under pain of reprobation.
Page 132 - Tott ascribes the honours paid him by these Asiatics to the hope of a reward. " I took leave of them by presenting them with that reward the hope of which had brought them to attend us, and with which they were very civil to go away contented.
Page 42 - Nature not having furnifhed this part of Egypt with a ridge of Rocks, like that which runs parallel with the Nile, above Delta, the ancient Inhabitants of Alexandria could ( n) The City of the dead : this name is formed from the two Greek words, Nex^, dead ; and n^i,-, a City.
Page 201 - Then opening his pelisse, and spreading it on the sopha, " sit down," said he, " on that fur; that is your proper place: though you have forgotten, it ought not to escape my memory." The multitude, says De Tott, who always act from first impressions, immediately exclaimed, with a kind of enthusiasm, " long live our new master*." Mr. Eton, pleasantly and accurately enough, compares the general behaviour of a Turk to a Christian with that of a German baron to his...
Page 74 - Their Clothing is only a blue Shirt, which but indifferently conceals the Pudency of the Women ; the Men gird it round them, for convenience, while they labour; the Children always go naked ; and I have feen Girls, eighteen years old, ftill Children, in that refpect. Mahometanifm is the principal Religion of the Egyptians ; but they have added to it an infinity of Ceremonies, derived more from their own love of Shew than the Precepts of the Prophet. Fraternities of Penitents, nocturnal...
Page 4 - ... ceremony, found the Turks ready and eager to let windows and house-tops at high prices to the unbelievers, who accordingly mustered strong on the line of the procession to gratify their curiosity. A few minutes, however, before the starting of the banner, an emir appeared in the streets, crying : " Let no infidel dare to profane with his presence the holy standard of the prophet ; and exaggerated representation of the Doseh ceremony.
Page 205 - Those who are aggrieved stand before the gate of the seraglio : each carries on his head a kind of match, or wick, lighted and smoking, which is considered as the allegorical emblem of the fire that consumes his soul.

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