A New Account of the East Indies: Giving an Exact and Copious Description of the Situation, Product, Manufactures, Laws, Customs, Religion, Trade, &c. of All the Countries and Islands, which Lie Between the Cape of Good Hope and the Island of Japon; Interspersed with an Entertaining Relation Not Only of the Principal Events, which Happened During the Author's Thirty Years Residence in Those Parts; But Also of the Most Remarkable Occurrences and Revolutions in Those Vast Dominions for this Century Past; Comprehending Also Many Curious and Interesting Particulars Relating to Our Commerce with Those Countries, and the Affairs of the East India Company; Illustrated with Maps and Sculptures, Volume 2

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C. Hitch; and A. Millar, 1744

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Page 5 - About fifty yards from Fort William stands the church, built by the pious charity of merchants residing there, and the Christian benevolence of sea-faring men whose affairs called them to trade there ; but ministers of the Gospel being subject to mortality very often young merchants are obliged to officiate, and have a salary of ^50 per annum, added to what the Company allows them for their pains in reading prayers and a sermon on Sundays.
Page viii - Cottrong are on that river, which produce the greatest quantities of the best sugars in Bengal. A little higher up on the east side of Hughly river, is Ponjelly, a village where a corn mart is kept once or twice in a week, it exports more rice than any place on this river ; and five leagues farther up on the other side is Tanna fort, built to protect the trade of the river, at a place convenient enough, where it is not above half a mile from shore to shore ; but it never was of much use, for in anno...
Page 46 - ... might be allured from that abominable Cuftom, and place their Affections on proper Objects ; and according to the ingenious Queen's Conjecture, that Drefs of the Lungee had its defired End, and now the Name of Sodomy is hardly known in that Country. The Women are very courteous and kind to Strangers, and are very fond of marrying with Europeans, and moft Part of the Strangers who trade thither, marry a Wife for the Term they flay.
Page 261 - Son flanding before her, with a charged Trident in his Right Hand, ready to throw at Offenders of the Laws of Humanity and Nature, and alfo at thofe who make no Free-will-offerings to his Mother. The Chinefe who have feen the Roman Catholic Churches and Worfhip, fay that fhe is the Chinefe Virgin Mary.
Page 261 - Chinese had some atheists among them. The Chinese have, however, fallen in with many of the common errors and practices of idolatry. Captain Hamilton in his quaint style and manner thus describes the gods, clergy, and devotion of the Chinese : — Their temples are built all after one form ; but, as in other countries, very different in beauty and magnitude. Their josses, or demi-gods, are some of human shape, some of monstrous figures ; but, in the province of Fokien they are more devoted to the...
Page 9 - George to dispose of what he could there, but, finding no encouragement from that market, carried it to Bengal. On his arrival he complimented Mr. Sheldon with the offer of his pepper and wine, but he declined meddling with that bargain farther than with as much of the pepper, at the current price, as would balance his account of principal and respondentia.
Page 2 - Rajah, only he wanted much of their humanity ; for when any poor ignorant native transgressed his laws, they were sure to undergo a severe whipping for a penalty, and the execution was generally done when he was at dinner, so near his dining-room that the groans and cries- of the poor delinquent served him for musick.
Page 78 - Character of great Sorcerers, -who by their Spells can tame wild Tigers, and make them carry them whither they order them, on their Backs. Once they had a Mind to try their Art on the Town of Malacca, but were unfuccefsful in their Enterprize, according to common Report there. For one of their chief Wizards...
Page 75 - Dutch now ufe for their worfhip, ftands confpicuoufly on the top of the hill, and may be feen up or down the Streights at a good diftance, and a flag-ftaff is placed on the fteeple, on which a flag is hoifted on the fight of any fhip. The fort is both large and ftrong, the fea...
Page 3 - Paganism, and the only part of Christianity that was remarkable in him, was burying her decently, and he built a Tomb over her, where all his Life after her Death, he kept the anniversary Day of her Death by sacrificing a Cock on her Tomb after the Pagan Manner...