The life of Sir Stamford Raffles

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H. Marshall, 1897 - 403 pages
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Page 309 - The fashion of this world passeth away. use this world so as not to abuse it, is one of the most important, and at the same time one of the most difficult lessons which religion teaches.
Page 133 - Scarba's isle, whose tortured shore Still rings to Corrievreken's roar, And lonely Colonsay ; — Scenes sung by him who sings no more ! His bright and' brief career is o'er, And mute his tuneful strains ; Quenched is his lamp of varied lore That loved the light of song to pour ; A distant and a deadly shore Has LEYDEN'S cold remains ! XII.
Page 343 - As we approached, we perceived that the people from on board were getting into another boat on the opposite side : she pushed off — we hailed her : ' Have you all on board ? — Yes, all, save one — Who is he ? — Johnson, sick in his cot — Can we save him ? — No, impossible;' — the flames were issuing from the hatchway.
Page 134 - An Empire, which for two centuries has contributed greatly to the power, prosperity, and grandeur of one of the principal and most respected States of Europe, has been thus wrested from the short usurpation of the French Government, added to the dominion of the British Crown ; and converted from a seat of hostile machination and commercial competition, into an augmentation of British power and prosperity.
Page 343 - The loss I have to regret, beyond all, is my papers and drawings ; all my notes and observations, with memoirs and collections, sufficient for a full and ample history, not only of Sumatra, but of Borneo, and almost every other island of note in these seas...
Page 303 - I much fear the Dutch have hardly left us an inch of ground to stand upon. My attention is principally turned to Johore, and you must not be surprised if my next letter to you is dated from the site of the ancient city of...
Page 267 - It is highly desirable that the court of directors should receive early and constant information of the proceedings of the Dutch and other European nations, as well as of the Americans, in the Eastern Archipelago. The court therefore desire that you will direct your attention to the object of regularly obtaining such information, and that you will transmit the same to them by every convenient opportunity, accompanied by such observations as may occur to you, whether of a political or commercial nature.
Page 342 - ... satisfaction, it was one of the happiest days of my life. We were, perhaps, too happy ; for in the evening came a sad reverse. Sophia had just gone to bed, and I had thrown off half my clothes, when a cry of fire, fire ! roused us from our calm content, and in five minutes the whole ship was in flames ! I ran to examine whence the flames principally issued, and found that the fire had its origin immediately under our cabin. Down with the boats. Where is Sophia ? — Here. The children? — Here....
Page 344 - Jack ; and, to conclude, I will merely notice,, that there was scarce an unknown animal, bird, beast, or fish, or an interesting plant, which we had not on hoard.
Page 309 - I will therefore only add, that if my plans are confirmed at home, it is my intention to make this my principal residence, and to devote the remaining years of my stay in the East to the advancement of a colony which, in every way in which it can be viewed, bids fair to be one of the most important, and at the same time, one of the least expensive and troublesome, which we possess. Our object is not territory, but trade ; a great commercial emporium, and a fulcrum, whence we may extend our influence...

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