Historical Account of the Most Celebrated Voyages, Travels and Discoveries (V. 24); From the the Time of Columbus to the Present Period

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 142 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1801. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... I NT UPPER AND LOWER EGYPT, BY M. SONN1NI. Performed In The Years 1777 And 1778. [continued FROM VOL. XXIU.] AT their sirstmeeting in the Desert, Sonnini had acknowledged to the sheick, or leader of the Bedouins, that he should be unable to pay for the hire of the beasts and the escort, until his return to Cairo. The sheick replied, that, far from being uneasy about the reward, he had money at our traveller's service, and, when the repast was sinished, he took from a chest, which stood in the tent, a bag of money, and presented it to the amazed European, with the following words: "I am not ignorant of your misfortunes. With indignation I witnessed the behaviour of the monastic, at Zaidi el Baramous, and I likewise know that yon will receive every needful assistance from thekiaschef of Ouardan, in consequence of your letters of recommendation; but you would grieve me severely, if yoursh'ould apply to a dog of a Turk, to a Mameluke. I could not poliibly bear, that Vol. XXIV. B a man, with whom I have eaten in friendship, whom I have protected at the hazard of my life, and who is, in fact, become my brother, should have recourse to another. Take, therefore, this money, or otherwise I shall imagine that you despise a friend, because he is an inhabitant of the Desert.' In compliance with this frank and cordial offer, Sonnini accepted of some patackes, for which his Bedouin friend would neither reckon, nor admit the idea of reimbursement at any future period., Our author now proceeded to Ouardan, which is the residence of the commandant of the district, and was politely received by the Mameluke officer, who insisted upon his accepting of accommodations in his own house. Ouardan is a spacious village, at a small distance from the western bank of the Nil...

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