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Visit to Madras free pdf Excerpt from Visit to Madras: Being a Sketch of the Local and Characteristic Peculiarities of That Presidency in the Year 1811 A Visit to Madras, The trusty Mercury of the float, who had no other covering than a rag round his middle and another twisted round his head, in the form of a turban, after a variety of salams, or salutations of the head nearly down to the deck, drew from the folds of his head-dress, a dispatch, announcing the death of Admiral Drury, and the sailing of the expedition against Java, under Sir Samuel Auchmuty and Commodore Brougbton- Lord Minto, it appears, likewise accompanied it. A violent hurricane or typhon came on two days afterwards, far exceeding in violence any that has occurred here since 1782, when the fleet of Sir Edward Hughes was nearly destroyed. Great fears, therefore, are entertained for the safety of the armament. Before the storm came on in the evening, nearly a hundred sail of vessels, principally coasters, lay at anchor in the roads- in the morning, the greater part of these, including his Majesty's ships Dover and Chichester, were strewed in fragments on the beach. The horrors of the night are said to have been indescribable. Many of the native vessels, at all times ill-calculated to encounter tempests, foundered at their anchors- others snapped their cables and became engulphed in the surf- while the cries of the sufferers, now and then heard in the darkness, amid the howling of winds and waves, produced the most poignant distress, with scarcely the possibility of rendering them the least assistance. On shore, large trees were torn up by the roots, doors and window-shutters dashed with violence from their hinges, palings, sentry-boxes, every thing in short capable of being seized by the wind, overturned and carried away. The whole appearance of the roads offering a wide and wild expanse of sea, well accords with the rudeness of the surf, scarcely relieved by the view of the fort, the snowy whiteness of the buildings, an extensive town, and a serene blue sky. To a nautical eye there is no shelter- every breeze and flitting cloud is dreaded, by the seaman, as a disguised enemy. Having remained on-board during the night, I was roused sometime about the hour of six, next morning, by a loud clattering of voices in the gun-room, in an unknown language. One of the officers, it appeared, was amusing himself with a group of natives, who had ventured off thus early, on various errands- as merchants, dubashes, servants, mechanics, and beggars- some knew not what they wanted, and others, by their own account, had merely come to enquire after the "health of master," their common term for Europeans. The group would have amused you. The figure generally did not exceed the middle size, slim in its form, enveloped in a long white dress and turban, the features mild and handsome, though grounded on a black face, the ears ornamented with rings, and the whole appearance feminine. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : Unknown Author
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 133153268X
EAN : 9781331532682
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Number of Pages : 52 pages
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Language : English
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