Letters from an Armenian in Ireland, to His Friends at Trebisond, &c. Translated in the Year 1756

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Page 99 - ... of subordination and quantities of land ; at last it is broken into small portions among the poor peasants, whose sweat is to support the idleness, perhaps, of twenty superiors ; while all the poor remains of their labour hardly yield bread for themselves. Their food is barely sufficient to support the day's fatigue, and their habitations will not defend from rain the straw on which they repose ; while their unkind lords are wasting life in riot and luxury regardless of the hand that supplies...
Page 98 - BM 8145.66.6. of it ; his ample estate is divided into a few parts, and hired by a few who are puny lords and servile imitators of him ; each of these subdivides his part, and sets it to as many more ; all these have a profit from it, proportionable to their degrees of subordination and quantities of land ; at last it is broken into small portions among the poor peasants, whose sweat is to support the idleness...
Page 242 - I was, observing my despondence, ordered me to be set free, though I had killed one of his men ; and when I informed him, by a Maltese interpreter, of my unhappy story, and my resolutions to go in quest of Zaida, he gave me 100 guineas, and advised me to sail for England, where, though I am unhappily exiled from it, said he, you will be generously treated, and will hear the fate of the French privateer.
Page 99 - Repofej while their unkind Lords are wafting Life in Riot and Luxury, regardlefs of the Hand that fupplies them with the Means. Such is the Condition of more than two third Parts of the immediate Land-holders in this Kingdom. If...
Page 98 - Trade would have made as complete a change here, if this island had been ripe for it, more civilized, and equally unconfined in exerting its natural advantages: but it was still barbarous, the years of its lordly slavery were not compleated, and England was jealous of its rising to greatness.
Page 241 - I was made a prisoner, and my fair Moor left a prey to all the wretchedness of despair. After several vain attempts to board each other, the two ships parted ; the French steered towards France, and I was carried into Malta. . . . The good captain whose prisoner I was, observing my...
Page 97 - Men mould have Liberty to alienate their Eftates : This opened a Way through Induftry to Property, and from Property to Power, and with all the other Laws of England, this was brought in the fame Reign into Ireland. But Circumflances concurred to aid the Law in England, which Ireland hath not yet enjoyed...
Page 100 - Spirit; it fupplies them with Money, and Money enables them to purchafe Lands from the Lords, who, by Extravagance, become needy, and loofe the Means before the Appetite of Pleafure : This has produced an Independance there, unrivalled by any other Part of the Ifland.
Page 18 - ... is not the character of the people, for they feem very mindful of thofe who have governed them wifely and generoufly, and there is one ChclK-rrk-kl whom they fometiines remember with pleafurc at their feafts.
Page 144 - Friend says, it would be no difficult Task to take any City of this Kingdom by Surprize, two Hours after the time of dining, as Half of the People are at that time usually mad

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