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ORIENTAL MEMOIRS.

VOLUME IV.

“ Nations behold, remote from Reason's beams,
Where Indian Ganges rolls his sandy streams,
Of life impatient, rush into the fire,
And, willing victims to their gods, expire!
Persuaded the loos’d soul to regions fies,
Blest with eternal spring and cloudless skies.
Nor is less fam'd the oriental wife
For stedfast virtue and contempt of life :
These heroines mourn not with loud female cries
Their husbands lost, or with o'erflowing eyes;
But, strange to tell their funeral piles ascend,
And in the same sad flames their sorrows end;
In hopes with them beneath the shades to rove,
And there renew their interrupted love. SOAME JENYNS.

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“ Les voyages sur-tout ont un charme particulier à toutes les époques de la vie. Le jeune homme “ y voit s'agrandir à ses yeux ce monde que déjà il embrasse dans son expansive et curieuse inquiétude; “ l'homme d'un age mar, en y contemplant cette variété infinie de peuples, de gouvernemens, de reli“ gions, de mæurs et de climats, se sent élever au-dessus de beaucoup de ces prejugés de nation, de famille “ ou d'individu, qui enfante l'egoïsme et souvent l'inhumanité; il y sourit aux nouvelles découvertes comme " à de nouveaux moyens d'étendre par le commerce, et de resserrer par la civilisation, les rapports qui “ devraient unir les hommes de tous les pays ; le vieillard, pour qui le repos est un besoin, et dont le bon“ heur est presque entièrement negatif, se plait, au soin de ses silencieux foyers, a suivre le voyageur dans “ les terres lointaines, sur des mers inconnues, et s'interesse d'autant plus à ses dangers et à ses fatigues, “ qu'il en éprouva plus lui-même, et qu'il se trouve dans une situation plus paisible.”

ORIENTAL MEMOIRS:

SELECTED AND ABRIDGED FROM

A SERIES OF FAMILIAR LETTERS

WRITTEN DURING

SEVENTEEN YEARS RESIDENCE IN INDIA:

INCLUDING

OBSERVATIONS

ON

PARTS OF AFRICA AND SOUTH AMERICA,

AND

A NARRATIVE OF OCCURRENCES IN FOUR INDIA VOYAGES.

Illustrated by Engravings from Original Drawings.

BY JAMES FORBES, F.R.S. &c.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

VOL. IV.

· LONDON:
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR BY T. BENSLEY, BOLT COURT.
PUBLISHED BY WHITE, COCHRANE, AND CO. HORACE's HEAD,

FLEET-STREET.

1813.

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CONTENTS.

CHAPTER XXXVII.

An officer sent by the governors of Oojen to the embassy.. the gentlemen conducted

to view the city. . river Sepra.. citadel.. magnificent summer-palace at Calloa
Dèh.. public buildings at Oojen.. its great antiquity.. public gardens. .dancing-
girls. . visit from the governors. . departure from Dojen.. Turrana.. Canadraka
Tellow.. Shah-Jehan Poor.. its present decay.. state of the thermometer. . Sarung-
poor, its wretched condition.. an extraordinary set of robbers and murderers..
division of the Malwa province.. Koojneer.. beauty of the country and industry
of the peasants. . Rajeghur. . manufactures. . kindness of the rajah. . meeting with
Devjee Goleh, a Mahratta general. . steril and stony country.. hostile appearance
at Kuchonder.. Ragoghur. . account of the rajah Bulwant Sihng..spirited letter
to Mhadajee Sindia.. brilliant successes of Colonel Camac and Major Popham..
Malwa from its fertility a resource for others during a dreadful famine. . Sasy-Seroy,
a royal Serai.. singularity of the stone-roofed habitations at Sasye Dowlah Gaum..
illness and cure of a native. . approach the iron mines.. ferruginous appearance of
the hills.. solitary fakeer.. pleasant scenery at Berye.. arrival at the iron mines..
particulars of the iron earth, forges, smelting-houses, and price of iron in that
country.. brief history of Gwalier. . arrival there.. description of the city.. mag-
nificent well.. munificence of wealthy individuals. . mausoleum of Akber.. Maho-

VOL. IV.

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