Obrazy na stronie
PDF
ePub

а

to me,

right and wrong: but, after all, they very much resemble a curious walking-stick, which was sent to me from your Bengal capital. It looked like a stick, and was loaded with-air, but it was in fact a gun.” To a rather tiresome visitor, who commented at somewhat greater length than was convenient on the rapid growth of the plants in his garden, he remarked, “Sir, they have nothing else to do."_“You have lately made three presents to the country,” he one day remarked

“and they all came in with the administration of the Marquis of Hastings: the gout, the choleramorbus, and the supreme court; we never heard of any of them

up

here until he arrived." The figure of the Hakeem is perfectly in keeping with his character. The ample but deeply-furrowed brow, the sarcastic yet smiling expression of the mouth, the ardent and awakened eye, which leaves nothing unnoticed, nothing unexamined. There is even in his dress, always remarkable, nay, studiously neglected, that impress of singularity, and disregard of all form, in a country of forms, which makes his conversation one continued stream of information and intelligence.

The Nawaub is advanced in years, but his mother is a still more remarkable instance of longevity. This lady perfectly recollected the entry of Nadir Shah into Delhi; and the event was still fresh in her recollection after the lapse of ninety years. She had the gratifica

a

tion of seeing five generations united under a roof, which the poorest never entered without a welcome, nor quitted without relief.

The Hakeem, as his title imports, is practised in the medical science of his own country ; and he is fond,

; not only of the theory, but of the practice of medicine: in which, I shall remark in passing, he considers himself something of a Machaon; and consequently rather too much inclined to underrate those modern discoveries in a science, which he says Avicenna, Hippocrates, and Galen, very certainly learnt from his countrymen. Of calomel he always expresses undisguised abhorrence. On the other hand, I went to pay him a visit one day, when he was unwell, and I found him taking an amalgam of pounded pearls, gum arabic and leaf-gold. Observing a smile on my countenance at so unusual a prescription, he asked me if I thought there might not be some virtue in one metal as well as another. Joking with him one day on a new plantation of orange-trees, from which at sixty-five it was scarcely possible for him to expect much fruit, he remarked, “ One of your great poets mentions a people whose eyes were at the back of their heads ; consequently they never saw any thing in front. You must be that people; you never think of what is likely to be hereafter, but what has been already.” He who sent to the distant, and to him unknown valley of Cash

[ocr errors]

meer, the splendid benefaction, which could relieve a whole city desolated by an earthquake ; he who could construct a bridge for our government, and one for that of Persia, at an expense of £30,000; the Mahommedan, who believes that good men of all nations and religions may be saved—that man's character belongs to the history of his period. . If the traveller merits reproach whọ omits the description of a noble building, why should it not be penal alike to pass in silence the far more rare example of worth uncorrupted by wealth, of religion divested of bigotry, and of charity unmixed with ostentation.-Beng. Chron., Aug. 3, 1830.

a

[ocr errors][merged small]

LONDON:
Printed by J. L. Cox and Sons, 75, Great Queen Street,

Lincoln's-Inn-Fields.

PUBLISHED BY

WM. H. ALLEN & Co.,

7, Leadenhall Street.

THE RISE AND PROGRESS of the
BRITISH POWER IN INDIA.

By PETER AUBER, M. R. A.S.,
Late Secretary to the Hon. East-India Company.
Now complete in 2 vols. 8vo.. price £2. 2s. cloth boards.

(A few copies on royal paper, price £3. 3s.) “ This is an admirable book, and one that has long been much wanted. The style of the narrative is simple and perspicuous, and such as well consorts with the dignity of history."- United Service Gazette.

“ The work cannot fail to present matter of great interest to all, but especially to the Indian reader. We shall look forward to the publication of the Second Volume, which is to bring down the history of the Company to the present time, with much interest." -Times.

We give Mr. Auber great credit for the very clear arrangement of his materials, and the able manner in which every portion of his work is executed.” -Naval and Military Gazette.

“ Such a work was greatly wanted; it is a clear, vigorous, and manly performance.”— New Monthly Magazine.

" Mr. Auber's performance will be found a valuable contribution to our historical literature, not only as regards accuracy, but information of a popular and plain character."-Monthly Review.

“ Owing to the great quantity of new material that the author has brought to bear on his subject, his work is indispensable to all those who wish to become acquainted with the history of our Indlan territories.”—Monthly Magazine.

“ One of the most interesting features in Mr. Auber's work, is the copious extracts he has introduced from the early records of the Company, showing the principles which they laid down as the foundation of their incipient empire..'Asiatic Journal.

“ As we conjectured, the official position of the author has given him access to many curious and characteristic documents, relating

to the early

part of the Company's existence. It has also enabled him to throw some new light on several points that have been misunderstood or misrepresented.”-Spectator.

" This is a work of great labour and research, most ably written, and which, we doubt not, will soon be in all respectable public libraries, as well as on the book-shelves of the nobility, gentry, merchant, and others, who are interested in India affairs."-Woolmer's Exeter and Plymouth Gazette.

“We congratulate the public in so valuable an addition to our standard historical literatare."-Surrey Standard.

“ Besides the powerful and conclusive claims to respect to which the author has entitled himself in this work, from its unimpeachable accuracy, founded as it is on the peculiar means of authentication he possesses, it has a further and no less attractive

recommendation in its happy condensation of all that has been so multifariously written on the subject.”--Taunton Courier.

“ This is a work which, being founded almost wholly on official records, compiled with the utmost care, and woven into a continuous narrative, supplies a want that has long been felt by the English public."-Cheltenham Chronicle.

or

HINDOSTAN,

With Sketches of Anglo-Indian Society.

By EMMA ROBERTS, Author of “ Memoirs of the Rival Houses of York and Lancaster,”

“ Oriental Scenes,” &c. Second Edition. 2 vols. post 8vo., price 18s. cloth boards. " To the meagre catalogue of works containing authentic information of European society in India, Miss Roberts has made a very valuable and acceptable addition. Her pictures are all drawn with great spirit and accuracy, and remarkable for the truth of their colouring."-Quarterly Review,

“ The most thorough knowledge of India, that mere descrip:ion can impart, will be found in these volumes.”—Metropolitan Magazine.

“ Amusing ! graphic! good-tempered! effective ! spirited ! original ! and yet we have not conveyed an idea of half the enjoyment we experienced from the perusal of these entertaining volumes,"—New Monthly Magazine.

“ It would be great injustice not to praise the execution of this work. Both young ladies who are going out, and old gentlemen who are coming home, may profit by the perusal of these pages."--Gent.'s Magazine.

“ Being filled with acute observations and conveying much solid nformation, we refer our readders to it with pleasure, convinced that they will thank us for the introduction."- United Service Journal.

“ These volumes form a very agreeable, and a very true and complete picture of India." --Spectator.

“ There is fidelity and character impressed in every one of her pictures.”Monthly Review.

“ We believe that these pages contain the most accurate sketches ever taken of the English in India. Miss Roberts came to the task with unusual advantages, and the result is a most charming work, which only requires to be known to be universally popular.”

."-Literary Gazette. “ This is the work of a lively and clever lady; shrewd in all social and domestic matters, with an eye for the picturesque, and a taste for whatever is striking and peculiar."- Atheneum.

“ Miss Roberts has charmed us by her brilliant and close observing work on India: the evidence of truth and reality is impressed on every page, and connected as English society is with India, the publication of these volumes is a national benefit.”—Lady's Magazine.

“ Never, we think, has British Society in Hindostan, been described with more liveliness and fidelity than by Miss Roberts.”--Tait's Magazine.

“ These pages are full of variety and amusement. The sketches of society are lively and piquant, those of scenery vivid and picturesque ; moreover, there is the stamp of truth upon them all. The writer has obviously felt, seen, and understood-three qualifications in which the generality of travellers are defi. cient."-Court Journal,

« PoprzedniaDalej »