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the embassy, with its reduced equipment, left Agra on the 21st of July, to cross the Doaub, the Mesopotamia of India, for Caunpore, the nearest military station belonging to the East India Company under the Bengal government. From Surat to Agra, Sir Charles and his party had travelled entirely on horseback; from hence to Caunpore they intended proceeding in palanquins.

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CHAPTER XXXIX.

CONCLUSION OF THE JOURNEY FROM SURAT TO CALCUTTA,
CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE COUNTRY CALLED
THE DOUAB, FROM AGRA TO CAWNPORE:
WITH A DESCRIPTION OF ALLAHABAD, BENARES, AND THE
PRINCIPAL PLACES ON THE BANKS OF THE GANGES
FROM CAWNPORE TO CALCUTTA.

1785.

"Thrice happy, blest Britannia's bounded kings!
"To clothe the naked, feed the hungry, wipe
"The guiltless tear from lone Affliction's eye;
"To raise hid Merit, set the alluring light
"Of Virtue high to view; to nourish Arts,
"Direct the thunder of an injur'd state,
"Make a whole glorious people sing for joy,
"Bless human kind, and through the downward depth

Of future times to spread that better sun
"Which lights up British soul: for deeds like these,
"The dazzling fair career unbounded lies;
"While (still superior bliss) the dark abrupt
"Is kindly barr'd, the precipice of ill.
"O luxury divine! O poor to this
"Ye giddy glories of despotic thrones!
"By this, by this indeed, is imag'd Heaven,

"The boundless Good, without the pow'r of 111." Thomson.

Departure of the embassy from Agra for Calcuttarainy season in

that part of Hindostan-FerozabadShakuabadJesswant-nug-
ghur-EttayaAdjut-Mheldancing-girls at Auriahdelightful
scenery at Akberpore-Caunpore-country called Douab described
-fine character of its inhabitants-country fertilė, villages populous
-description of Cawnpore-British hospitality and friendship-
Nautchesbeauty of Cachemirian dancing-girlsdreadful ferocity
of the wolves at Cawnpore-anecdotes of their carnage-Budge-
rows, boats on the Gangesembark at Caunpore for Calcutta-
Allahabad, description of that fortress, the abode of God-Hindoo
temple and sacred pepel-tree-palace-grand mosque-remarkable
trees tomb of Kusroe-junction of the Jumna and Ganges-Chu-

narmausoleum-stone quarriesRamnaghurarrival at Benares

-description of that city, observatory, pilgrims, and beggars

Hindoo astronomy, a most extraordinary systemBuxarbattle of

Burar-affectionate recollection of Bombay-Chuprahoverflow

of the Ganges-Dinahpore- Monheer-Banquepore-Gola, or

public granary-Patna-monument in commemoration of the mas-

sacre-bird-sellers at Patna--snowy mountainshot wells-Ming-

heer-rich countrybeneficial improvements by Mr. Cleveland

chief of Bhangulpore-high character of that gentleman--monu-

VOL. IV.

: I.

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