A Narrative of the Operations of Captain Little's Detachment, and of the Mahratta Army, Commanded by Purseram Bhow: During the Late Confederacy in India, Againt the Nawab Tippoo Sultan Bahadur

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author, 1794 - India - 524 pages

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Page 439 - The fig-tree, not that kind for fruit renown'd, But such as, at this day, to Indians known, In Malabar or Decan spreads her arms, Branching so broad and long, that in the ground The bended twigs take root, and daughters grow About the mother tree, a pillar'd shade, High overarch'd, and echoing walks between...
Page 405 - ... given to him, he will fly down with amazing celerity, catch the ring before it touches the water, and bring it up to his master with apparent exultation ; and...
Page 405 - It is an attested fact that, if a ring be dropped into a deep well, and a signal given to him, he will fly down with amazing celerity, catch the ring before it touches the water...
Page 405 - ... bottle, suspending it firmly on the branches, but so as to rock with the wind, and placing it with its entrance downwards to secure it from birds of prey.
Page 393 - But the forms and ceremonials of a religion are not always to be understood in their direct and obvious sense ; but are to be considered as symbolical representations of some hidden meaning...
Page 201 - When a person," says Lieutenant Moore, "travelling through a strange country, finds it well cultivated, populous with industrious inhabitants, cities newly founded, commerce extending, towns increasing, and every thing flourishing, so as to indicate happiness, he will naturally conclude it to be under a form of government congenial to the minds of the people. This is a picture of Tipu's country; and this is our conclusion respecting its government.
Page 405 - His nest usually consists of two or three chambers ; and it is the popular belief that he lights them with fireflies, which he catches alive at night and confines with moist clay, or with cow-dung.
Page 456 - ... of one half the country, and the releafe of the prifoners, in cafe the amount of the three inftalments be paid by Tippoo Sultaun to the three powers prior to the expiration of the period ftipulated for it, the faid fons of Tippoo Sultaun mall be immediately dilmifled, and all pecuniary demands between the contrafting parties ihall ceafe and be at an end.
Page 406 - His flesh is warm and drying, of easy digestion, and recommended in medical books as a solvent of stone in the bladder or kidneys ; but of that virtue there is no sufficient proof.
Page 405 - In' a state of nature, he generally builds his nest on the highest tree that he can find, especially on the palmyra, or on the Indian figtree, and he prefers that which happens to overhang a well or a rivulet ; he makes it of...

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