A voyage to the East Indies: containing authentic accounts of the Mogul government in general, the viceroyalties of the Decan and Bengal, with their several subordinate dependances ... With general reflections on the trade of India, Volume 1

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S. Hooper, 1772 - India
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The author describes the Indian "corruption of religion" in terms of Mosaic historiography (327). Grose also abridges the discourse of Dindimus (332-34).

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Page 135 - ... are now struggling with all their strength; victory seems to be hanging in the balance; now Kalamanik, and now the other man seems to fall to the ground. At last a loud hurrah is heard. Kalamanik has left his opponent sprawling on the earth. In these and other ways do the peasantry amuse themselves in the heat of the day, and in the cool of the afternoon, under umbrageous trees, on a common or by the side of a tank, on the day of the festival of the new rice. As it was drawing towards evening,...
Page 319 - It is nature itself that produces this effect. The Indians have their arts adapted to their manner of living. Our luxury cannot be theirs ; nor theirs our wants. Their climate neither demands, nor permits, hardly any thing which comes from ours.
Page 58 - ... to me a- far more bold attempt than that of the pyramids of Egypt. There is a fair entrance into this subterraneous temple, which is an oblong square, in length about 80 or 90 feet, by 40 broad.
Page 319 - Some general Considerations. Though commerce be subject to great revolutions, yet it is possible that certain physical causes, as the quality of the soil, or the climate, may fix its nature for ever. We at present carry on the trade of the Indies merely by means of the silver which we send thither. The Romans carried annually thither about fifty millions of sesterces;1 and this silver, as ours is at present, was exchanged for merchandise, which was brought to the west.
Page 229 - ... them overboard. Being further asked why he did not keep them in spirits, he replied bluntly he did not think of it. Upon this the governor wrote afresh to Vencajee, and desired him to procure another couple at any rate, as he should grudge no expense to be master of such a curiosity. Vencajee's answer was, he would very willingly oblige him, but that he was afraid it would not be in his power : that these creatures came from a forest about seventy leagues up the country...
Page 58 - ... ten or twelve feet deep, and in length answering to the breadth of the area : this joins to an apartment of the most regular architecture, an oblong...
Page 318 - THE Eaft Indies is a bottomlefs pit for bullion, which can never circulate back to Europe ; and when bullion fails, that trade muft ceafe. That this is the prefent fituation of all the kingdoms of Europe, with refpect to the trade which they carry on with the Eaft Indies, is...
Page 59 - ... cotemporary with the building itfelf. The floor of the apartment is generally full of water, its pavement or ground-work not permitting it to be drawn off, or to be foaked up.
Page 48 - Portuguefe fignifies wild) that bear an infipid kind of fruit, about the bignefs of a common pear : but the chief profit from them is the toddy, or liquor drawn from them by incifions at the top, of which the arrack that is made is reckoned better than that from the coconut- trees.
Page 58 - I had heard of them. About two thirds of the way up . this temple, on each fide, and fronting each other, are two doors or Outlets, into fmaller grots or excavations, and freely open to the air. Near and about the door way, on the right hand, are alfo feveral mutilated images, fingle and in groupes. In one of the...

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