Travels in the Trans-Caucasian provinces of Russia, and along the southern shore of the lakes of Van and Urumiah, in ... 1837

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John Murray, 1839 - 476 pages
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Page 229 - His figure is commanding, and his countenance striking ; his height is nearly six feet two, and his frame unites symmetry with strength ; his smile is peculiarly fascinating ; but the high forehead, the short and curved upper lip, and the expression of a rather small mouth, impart somewhat of sternness to his features when in repose ; his naturally fair complexion is bronzed by exposure to the sun, but the forehead, where the cap has sheltered it, is white as marble.
Page 190 - the Georgians have the reputation of being the greatest drinkers in the world : the daily allowance, without which the laborer will not work, is four bottles ; and the higher classes generality exceed this quantity ; on grand occasions the consumption is incredible.
Page 229 - The boast of the Russians — that among a thousand men you would not fail to recognise the Emperor — is scarcely exaggerated. His figure is commanding and his countenance striking ; his height must...
Page 98 - Georgia nominally presides over the synod, but a moderator has been appointed by the Russian Government, without whose approval nothing can be done, which makes the Emperor virtually the head of the Armenian Church also — a power which works not the less effectively from its agency being unseen. This moderator is himself an Armenian, but quite
Page 324 - Elders of the tribe enjoy the true otium cum dignitate, seated in front of their huts, where they receive the passing stranger, and smoke with him the pipe of welcome. The black Koordish tent, supported by its many poles, is a very picturesque object ; and when they are grouped together on the margin of some mountain stream, surrounded by their flocks and herds, they form a very pretty picture.
Page 387 - Europeans, and conduct them not only with great quickness of argument, but, not unfrequeutly, with much apparent candour. A missionary should be thorough master of their language, and of his own subject, before he ventures to engage in a controversy in which, if foiled, his want of success will be attributed to the weakness of his cause, and not to his deficiency in advocating that cause. I have frequently heard Persians, boast of having worsted in argument the wellknown missionary Wolff. " The safest...
Page 323 - Eelyaut" encampment, in a cheerful and well-watered country, is one of the most picturesque and happiest scenes imaginable. A patriarchal simplicity stamps their manners, and seems almost to realize the sweet pictures of the poet's Arcadia. Free as the air they breathe, they shift their goats'-hair tents from stream to spring, from valley to mountain, with the changing seasons, and look down with pity and contempt upon the "sitters in houses.
Page 350 - In the latter country more especially they have possessed themselves of every lucrative calling, owing to the pride and indolence of the Turks, who think it derogatory to their dignity to follow any mercantile pursuit. The greatest ambition of an Armenian is to become the banker of a Pasha, which post gives him almost an unlimited control over the revenues of the pashalik. A considerable proportion of the Armenians have returned to the Catholic Church, from which their nation seceded, when, in the...
Page 230 - ... soldier-like appearance. His Majesty wore the full dress of a general officer, distinguished only by his decorations. Passing round the circle, he addressed a few words to each individual as Baron Rosen presented him, and his manner towards the Asiatics was peculiarly gracious. An Armenian officer served as interpreter. It soon came to my turn to be presented. After remarking that I ought to have been at the cavalry review of Vosnesensk, the Emperor asked me several questions concerning the state...
Page 231 - This struck me as rather an arbitrary mode of changing a man's profession, especially when he has for many years been following some other line, and has, perhaps, no inclination for a military life.

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