Historical Account of Discoveries and Travels in Africa: From the Earliest Ages to the Present Time; Including the Substance of Dr. Leyden's Work on that Subject, Volume 1

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A. Constable, 1818

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Page 481 - I shall only observe that no event which took place during the journey, ever threw the smallest gloom over my mind, till I laid Mr. Anderson in the grave. I then felt myself, as if left a second time lonely and friendless amidst the wilds of Africa.
Page 378 - The winds roared, and the rains fell. The poor white man, faint and weary, came and sat under our tree. He has no mother to bring him milk; no wife to grind his corn.
Page 309 - Not haughty, nor arrogant, not supercilious, they are full of courtesy, and fond of society; more liable, in general, to err, than man ; but in general, also, more virtuous, and performing more good actions than he.
Page 485 - ... threw every thing they had in the canoe into the river, and kept firing; but being overpowered by numbers and fatigue, and unable to keep up the canoe against the current, and no probability of escaping, Mr. Park took hold of one of the white men, and jumped into the water; Martyn did the same, and they were drowned in the stream in attempting to escape.
Page 391 - ... though the whole plant was not larger than the top of one of my fingers, I could not contemplate the delicate conformation of its roots, leaves, and capsula, without admiration. Can that Being (thought I), who planted, watered, and brought to perfection, in this obscure part of the world, a thing which appears of so small importance, look with unconcern upon the situation and sufferings of creatures formed after his own image? Surely not!
Page 310 - I have known both hunger and nakedness to the utmost extremity of human suffering. I have known what it is to have food given me as charity to a madman ; and I have at times been obliged to shelter myself under the miseries of that character, to avoid a heavier calamity. My distresses have been greater than I have owned, or ever will own, to any man. Such evils are terrible to bear ; but they never yet had power to turn me from my purpose.
Page 303 - Before I had learned from the note the name and business of my visitor, I was struck with the manliness of his person, the breadth of his chest, the openness of his countenance, and the inquietude of his eye.
Page 309 - Sweden, frozen Lapland, rude and churlish Finland, unprincipled Russia, and the wide-spread regions of the wandering Tartar, if hungry, dry, cold, wet, or sick, woman has ever been friendly to me, and uniformly so ; and to add to this virtue, so worthy of the appellation of benevolence, these actions have been performed in so free and so kind a manner, that if I was dry I drank the sweet draught, and if hungry ate the coarse morsel, with a double relish.
Page 473 - ... M'Keal appears to be slightly delirious). We kept ascending the mountains to the south of Toniba till three o'clock, at which time, having gained the summit of the ridge which separates the Niger from the remote branches of the Senegal, I went on a little before ; and coming to the brow of the hill, I once more saw the Niger rolling its immense stream along the plain!
Page 484 - The king immediately ordered me to be put in irons ; which was accordingly done, and every thing I had taken from me : some were for killing me, and some for preserving my life. The next morning early, the King sent an army to a village called Boussa, near the river side There is before this village a rock across the whole breadth of the river.

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