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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...were the greater power. I assured him they were both great; but he had only to remember our power in India to be satisfied of the military character of Britain. " Well, then," added he, " what do you think of my French offi-" cers?" After this, he wished to know if I had heard of his campaigns across the Indus against the " Ghazees," or fanatics of the Mahommedan religion; and said that he owed all his successes to the bravery of his nation, who were very free from prejudice, would carry eight days' provision on their backs, dig a well if water were scarce, and build a fort if circumstances required it; a kind of service which he could not prevail on the natives of Hindostan to perform. " The " bravery of my troops, as you are aware, con-" quered Cashmere for me; and how do you " think," said he, " I dispose of the shawls and " productions of that country in the present glut " of trade? I pay my officers and troops with " them; and as I give a Chief, who may be en-" titled to a balance of 300 rupees, shawls to the " value of 500, he is well pleased, and the state " is benefited." From the shawls of Cashmere, Runjeet passed to the praises of wine and strong drinks, of which he is immoderately fond: he begged to know if I had drank the supply which he had sent me, which, as a recommendation, he assured us was mixed with pearls and precious gems. This, I should mention, is a common beverage in the East; a fashion which probably had its origin in the giver desiring to make the grounds as well as the contents of the bottle acceptable: pearls would form a good glass for the butler. We continued, till it was late, conversing with Runjeet in this desultory manner; when he produced a splendid bow and quiver, as also a horse richly caparisoned, ...

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