Japan: An Account, Geographical and Historical, from the Earliest Period at which the Islands Composing this Empire Were Known to Europeans, Down to the Present Time, and the Expedition Fitted Out in the United States, Etc

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G. Routledge & Company, 1852 - Japan - 435 pages
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Page 117 - Captain \ which was the signal for him to draw near and make his obeisance. Accordingly he crawled on his hands and knees to a place showed him between the presents, ranged in due order on one side, and the place where the Emperor sat on the other, and then, kneeling, he bowed his forehead quite down to the ground, and so crawled backwards like a crab, without uttering one single word. So mean and short a thing is the audience we have of this mighty monarch.
Page 52 - So long as the sun shall warm the earth, let no Christian be so bold as to come to Japan; and let all know, that the King of Spain himself, or the Christian's god, or the great God of all, if he violate this command, shall pay for it with his head.
Page 188 - ... perish ; especially as the island afforded no habitations where they could take shelter and refresh themselves. As soon as the gale ceased, and the sea became smooth and calm, the people from the main island of Zipangu came over with a large force, in numerous boats, in order to make prisoners of the shipwrecked Tartars, and having landed, proceeded in search of them ; but in a straggling, disorderly manner.
Page 187 - ... coast of Zipangu. The other ships, which, not being so near to the land, did not suffer from the storm, and in which the two chiefs were embarked, together with the principal officers, or those whose rank entitled them to command a hundred thousand or ten thousand men, directed their course homewards, and returned to the Grand Khan. Those of the Tartars who remained upon the...
Page 275 - ... him to sell to our steamers, — not the manufactures of his artisans or the results of the toil of his husbandmen, — but a gift of Providence, deposited by the Creator of all things in the depths of the Japanese Islands for the benefit of the human family.
Page 358 - On the other hand, it is said that the confidence placed by parents in their children is equally without limit. Parents frequently select their elder sons to be arbitrators in their disputes with others, and submit implicitly to their decisions. It is also a...
Page 122 - I have the honour to inform you, for the information of the Commander-in-Chief, that, in obedience to orders from his Excellency, dated 14th May last, I proceeded in HMS
Page 93 - Exmouth), who had been ordered by Admiral Drury, the head of our fleets in the Eastern Seas, to cruise off the Japanese Islands, for the purpose of intercepting the Dutch traders to Nagasaki. We were at war with Holland, which for some years had been a mere dependency of France. Her troops were fighting in the armies of Bonaparte, her ships were conveying his troops and stores, and her war-ships and privateers were doing us all the mischief they could. After cruising in vain for a month in...
Page 187 - It happened after some time that a north wind began to blow with great force, and the ships of the Tartars, which lay near the shore of the island., were driven foul of each other. It was determined thereupon, in a council of the officers on board, that they ought to disengage themselves from the land ; and accordingly j as soon as the troops were re-embarked, they stood out to sea.
Page 112 - They would be glad that a harbor in your empire should be appointed to which coal might be brought, and where they might always be able to purchase it. " In many other respects, commerce between your empire and our country would be useful to both. Let us consider well what new...

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