The Present State of Turkey; Or,: A Description of the Political, Civil, and Religious, Constitution, Government, and Laws of the Ottoman Empire ... Together with the Geographical, Political, and Civil, State of the Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia, Volume 1

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Joseph Mawman, 1809 - Moldavia
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Page ii - The Portuguese traveller, contrary to the general vein of his countrymen, has amused his reader with no romantick absurdity, or incredible fictions; whatever he relates, whether true or not, is at least probable ; and he who tells nothing exceeding the bounds of probability has a right to demand that they should believe him who cannot contradict him.
Page 52 - It is true that many of the eastern figures are common to other nations, but some of them receive a propriety from the manners of the Arabians, who dwell in the plains and woods, which would be lost, if they came from the inhabitants of cities : thus the dew of liberality...
Page 103 - Galen are studied by those who have improved their discoveries and corrected their errors; but if we except the inimitable Lucian, this age of indolence passed away without having produced a single writer of original genius, or who excelled in the arts of elegant composition.
Page 102 - They celebrate the increasing splendour of the cities, the beautiful face of the country, cultivated and adorned like an immense garden ; and the long festival of peace, which was enjoyed by so many nations, forgetful of their ancient animosities, and delivered from the apprehension of future danger.
Page lxvii - Syria, Anatolia, Armenia, and Georgia, without a hope or a desire of preserving those distant provinces. From thence he departed laden with spoil ; but he left behind him neither troops to awe the contumacious, nor magistrates to protect the obedient, natives.
Page ccxxx - Turkish frontier ; the three grand armies, originally separated by a vast extent of country, were rapidly converging to the same point, and threatened, by their united force, to overbear all opposition, and in another campaign to complete the subversion of the Ottoman empire in Europe.
Page 290 - The first is a treatise on the Maritime Jurisprudence of the Athenians, illustrated by five speeches of Demosthenes, in commercial causes ; and the second, a dissertation on the Manners of the Arabians before the time of Mahomet...
Page 67 - Manufa<ig but certainly it cannot surpass, them in several of their manufactures. The satins and silk stuffs, the velvets of Brusa and AleppO, the serges and camelots of Angora, the Crapes and gauzes of Salonica, the printed muslins of Constantinople, the carpets of Smyrna, and the silk, the linen, and the cotton stuffs of Cairo, Scio, Magnesia, Tocat and Castambol, establish a favourable, but not an unfair, criterion of their general skill p.
Page 67 - ... villages, and from the surrounding coasts of both the seas which it commands, all the culinary herbs and fruits of exquisite flavour, which the most fastidious appetite can require; and from the Asiatic coasts of the Black Sea, all materials necessary for fuel, or for the construction of ships and houses.
Page 215 - I have seen," says a writer who was Suleiman's contemporary, "multitudes of Hungarian rustics set fire to their cottages, and fly, with their wives and children, their cattle and instruments of labour, to the Turkish territories, where they knew that, besides the payment of the tenths, they would be subject to no imposts or vexations.

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