Conversations and Journals in Egypt and Malta, Volume 2

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S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1882 - Egypt
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Page 158 - of February 18, 1856. The principal provisions of this imperial order are as follows : — ' Full liberty of worship is guaranteed to every religious profession. No one can be forced to change his religion. No legal documents shall acknowledge any inferiority of one class of Turkish subjects to another, in consequence of difference in religion, race, or language. All foreigners may possess landed property, while obeying the laws, and paying the taxes.
Page 176 - Principe,' and begged me to translate it for him. I set to work, and gave him the first day ten pages, and the next day ten pages, and ten more the third, but on the fourth he stopped me. " I have read," he said, " all that you have given me of Machiavelli. I did not find much that was new in your first ten pages, but I hoped that it might improve ; but the next ten pages were not better, and the last are mere common-place. I see clearly that I have nothing to learn from Machiavelli. I know many...
Page 63 - ... children of the poor cannot be confined. They live in the fields. As soon as you quit the city, you see in every clover field a group, of which the centre is a tethered buffalo, and round it are the children of its owner, with their provision of bread and water, sent thither at sunrise and to remain there till sunset, basking in the sun, and breathing the air from the desert. The Fellah children enter their hovels only to sleep, and that only in the winter. In summer, their days and nights are...
Page 98 - For both commercial and military purposes we are nearer to India than any European nation except...
Page 251 - ... service, and no one would think of leaving the battery untried till war was declared. Many army surgeons did not know anything of the equipment of a field hospital except from their books. A major of horse artillery would be considered rather incompetent who had nothing but book knowledge. They wanted to be put on the same footing as the rest of the army. Was not that a fair demand ? They were not, however, likely to have their demands granted unless they were backed up by public opinion. This...
Page 227 - and his brother Mustapha, when they were in Paris, used to buy whatever they saw ; they were like children, nothing was fine enough for them ; they bought carriages and horses like those of Queen Victoria or the Emperor, and let them spoil for want of shelter and cleaning. . . . The people he liked best to talk to were his servants, the lads who brought him his pipes and stood before him with their arms crossed. He sometimes sat on his sofa and smoked, and talked to them for hours, all about women...
Page 214 - ... for education came back, like myself and young Stephan, Anglomaniacs ; while all whom he sent to France returned disgusted with Europe. . . . Clot (the founder of the Egyptian School of Medicine). I have made the same remark. . . . Our students see only bad company in Paris, and are disgusted with it. In London they get, if not into the fashionable world, at least into a respectable world, infinitely superior in morals, knowledge, and intelligence to anything in the East.
Page 161 - ... documents shall acknowledge any inferiority of one class of Ottoman subjects to another, in consequence of difference in religion, race, or language. 15. All foreigners may possess property, obeying the laws and paying the taxes ; for this purpose arrangements shall be made with foreign powers. 24. Banks and similar institutions shall be created as means to reform the monetary and financial systems of the Empire, and to create capital and wealth.
Page 200 - He has ordained it, according to some teachers, from all eternity ; according to others, pro re natd ; and that, on either hypothesis, it occurs, not in obedience to a general rule, but in consequence of God's volition that it shall occur. Under such a theory nothing is to be gained by bringing yourself under the operation of a general rule. There cannot be a more universal rule than that a man...
Page 240 - Commissioners for inquiring into the grievances of the natives of Malta. " It cannot be disputed," says a Maltese newspaper, " that the inhabitants of this island are greatly advanced in the scale of civilisation, both politically and socially, and rendered more essentially British in civil polity and institutions by the measures adopted on the recommendation of the Commission presided over by Mr. Austin.

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