New Russia: Journey from Riga to the Crimea, by Way of Kiev; with Some Account of the Colonization and the Manners and Customs of the Colonists of New Russia. To which are Added, Notes Relating to the Crim Tatars

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Sherwood, Jones and Company, 1823 - Crimean Tatars - 316 pages
 

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Page 51 - O'er all the palace a fictitious day ; From space to space the torch wide-beaming burns, And sprightly damsels trim the rays by turns. To whom the king : " I1I suits your sex to stay Alone with men ! ye modest maids, away ! Go, with the queen ; the spindle guide ; or cull (The partners of her cares) the silver wool...
Page 120 - Crimea was a subject of joyful expectation before it took place ; and the mild and conciliating manners of this most powerful monarch, won the hearts of the humblest of his subjects : few there are who do not boast of having seen the Emperor Alexander, and not a few who had the honour to converse with him.
Page 189 - ... population, while the wants and excesses of luxury, among polished nations, strike at its very root. In fact, it is observed, that the people are less numerous under the roofs of the Crimea, and the province of Boodjack, than in the tents of the Noguais. The best calculation we can make, is from a view of the military forces which the cham is able to assemble. We shall soon see this prince raising three armies at the same time ; one of a hundred thousand men, which he commanded in person ; another...
Page 232 - This occupies much time, and during the whole of it, the carriage which contains the bride waits at the distance of nearly half a mile. It is never brought nearer to the party, but the lady's father, or one of her brothers, attends it, in order to see the charge safely executed of delivering her unseen into the house of her husband. The better to effect this, the carriage is hung round with curtains inside, and if the party arrive somewhat early at the village, the vehicle is detained at the entrance...
Page 64 - Antonio, and wear his cap, which is frequently the undoubted means of restoring health, though not in the way that enthusiasm and credulity imagine, but by the simple process of being the cause of their taking unusual exercise in the open air, and exercising also a temperance not habitual to them. I should not omit to mention that St. Antonio...
Page 233 - All these are distributed around the room ; even the shifts, being new for the occasion, are hung up with the rest, along the walls of the apartment, forming an extraordinary sort of tapestry. While this arrangement is taking place, the bridegroom, having parted with most of his guests, begins to prepare for a visit to his bride. Being now washed, shaven, and gaily drest, he is allowed about midnight to see his wife for an hour, at the expiration of which, he is summoned to retire. Throughout the...
Page 189 - Crim : he, however, has not yet succeeded to his wish. Besides the furnishing the two regiments, which is their quota in the peace establishment, the supply of wood is required ; and they are also subject to the quartering of troops in their marches and counter marches through the peninsula, which is sometimes their route for Georgia, when detachments are marched from Moldavia, or Bessarabia, or the western part of the empire, beside the interchange of those stationed in the peninsula. In 1789, the...
Page 221 - Tartars are a good-natured race, and unhappy marriages are said to be rare among them, but the domestic despot keeps up the forms of state to a greater degree than we were aware of. When a Murza visits the apartments of his women, they all rise on his entrance, and again when he leaves It, although he comes and goes very frequently. This ceremonious mark of respect is never omitted even by the wife, or by any other of the females, except they be very old women, who, on account of their age, are excused.

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