Five Years in India: Comprising a Narrative of Travels in the Presidency of Bengal, a Visit to the Court of Runjeet Sing, Residence in the Himalayah Mountains, an Account of the Late Expedition to Cabul and Affghanistan, Voyage Down the Indus, and Journey Overland to England, Volume 1

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Page 132 - The next morning the party went to call on Ran jit Singh, who was staying in a house outside the city. The Maharajah came on his elephant to receive his guests. Fane's picture of Ranjit is not flattering. 'The lion of the Punjab is a very small, infirm-looking old man of fifty-five (looking ten years older), but still more hale and stout than I expected to have seen him from what we had previously heard. He was dressed very plainly in green cashmere turban, coat and gloves, with single rows of large...
Page 182 - ... ever reigned in India. As evidence of his being a really good and amiable man, may be cited his kindness to children (two or three of whom he has crawling about the durbar), and the fact of his never having, since he conquered the country, put a man to death for even the most heinous crimes.
Page 134 - ... formed of beautiful Cashmere shawls, inlaid with silver, and with silver poles to support it. The floor was also covered with shawls. The dresses and jewels of the Rajah's court were the most superb that can be conceived ; the whole scene can only be compared to a gala night at the Opera. The minister's son in particular, the reigning favourite of the day, was literally one mass of jewels ; his neck, arms, and legs, were covered with necklaces, armlets, and bangles, formed of pearls, diamonds,...
Page 161 - Court has brought his artillery and musketry to great perfection, the latter being quite as good as those of the Company, with the advantage of being lighter.
Page 173 - ... butter-boat kind of article, filled with the said saffron, and poured it on Sir Henry's bald head ; while, at the same time, the prime minister rubbed him all over with gold and silver leaf, mixed with red powder. We were all holding our sides with laughter at the chief bowing to all this, wondering the meaning of it, when our mirth (or rather mine) was changed into grief, at having one eye nearly put out by a long-bearded gentleman opposite, who deliberately threw a ball, filled with red powder,...
Page 142 - The Rajah sent round the intoxicating liquor which he drinks, at such a rate (particularly to the General, whose cup he always looked into to see that he really drank) that we were all right glad to get away, and retire to our beds, after one of the most fatiguing days I have ever experienced. The liquor he drinks would kill most people in a week, being, I should imagine, considerably stronger than spirits or wine; so much so as to bring tears into our eyes, even with the smallest quantity; and yet,...
Page 163 - ... bounty to the soldiers ; and directly they got home he sent them 11,000 rupees, to be divided amongst them ; which is a fine opportunity for all the Irishmen in the regiment to celebrate St. Patrick's day. The Rajah said, among other things, that " His French officers and others had told him that English discipline was nothing ; and that though so much was talked about it, still it. was only outward show, and that where they came before an enemy the thing would bear a very different aspect. But...
Page 150 - Singh," continues the writer, " has no regular residence where he constantly lives, but. instead, is continually on the move, either in the wars in which he is constantly engaged, or moving from one part of his territory to another. For this purpose he has single rooms, built along the lines of the great roads, so that, in case the heat is too great for tents, a cooler place is always at hand.
Page 175 - The battle raged for more than an hour, during which neither the Commander-inchief nor the Amazons came off scot free ; and by the time we all got up to return home, the honourable company of London chimney-sweeps would have turned us out as too dirty for their society.
Page 172 - This corps is one formed of ladies, and which has been often previously mentioned in other works on India, but till this occasion they never made their appearance in our presence. Whether in presence of an enemy they would be found equally bold, I know not, but in that of the old chieftain they dared to do and say in a way that none of his most favourite courtiers ventured to attempt.

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