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The Worm Ouroboros

E. R. Eddison


The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Hugh Lofting


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Anonymous


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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Thomas Carlyle, Rudolf Steiner


A survey of the Turkish empire

by William Eton

Excerpt:

A

S U R V E Y

OF THE

TURKISH EMPIRE.

IN WHICH ARE CONSIDERED, .
I. ■

ITS GOVERNMENT,
FINANCES, MILITARY AND NAVAL FORCE,

Religion, History, Arts, Sciences, Manners, Commerce, and Population.

II.

THE STATE OF THE PROVINOES,
Including the ancient Government of the CRIM TATARS,
The Subjection of the GREEKS,

Their Efforts Toward Emancipation,

And the Interest of other Nations,
Particularly of GREAT BRITAIN, in their Success.

III.

THE CAUSES OF THE DECLINE OF TURKEY,

And those which tend to the PROLONGATION of its EXISTENCE,
With a Developement of the Political System of the late
EMPRESS OF RUSSIA.

IV.

THE BRITISH COMMERCE WITH TURKLT,
The Necessity of abolishing the LEVANT COMPANY,
And the Danger of our QUARANTINE REGULATIONS'

WITH MANY OTHER IMPORTANT PARTICULARS.

Bv W. ETON, Esq;

MANY YEARS RESIDENT IN TURKEY AND IN RUSSIA.

THE SECOND, EDITION.

LONDON:

Frinted for T. Cadell, jun. and W. Davies, in the Strand.
»79 9» ,

PREFACE

TO THE FIRST EDITION.

IDo not offer to the Public a complete Treatise; I have indeed materials, of which I could have formed a much larger work; but these outlines will, I hope, represent in its true character the object to which I more immediately wish to six the attention of my readers.

As I reason only from facts, I trust the impartial Reader will draw the fame conclusions ; and as I speak of countries in which I have been long resident, and of events, to many of which I was witness, I hope my testimony may have some weight. To mow that I have had opportunities of being acquainted with the matters of which I treat, I will only observe, that in Turkey I have been a consul; that I have had. indirect concerns in trade; and that, as a traveller, I have visited most parts of that empire ; that in Russia I was, for several years, in the considence of the late Prince Potemkin, and in a situation to know more of the secrets of the cabinet than most foreigners ; and that for sive years I did the business of secretary to his.

.a 2 Majesty's

Majesty's mission at St. Peterfburgh-: at the fame time I am convinced that I expose myself to the censure of not being better informed, and, to the risk of incurring, though I am conscious of not meriting, the blame of betraying a considence put in me ; so far, however, from this being the cafe, I rather apprehend that the delicacy of my situation, with respect to the two countries, and particularly to my own, may have operated too restrictively on my pen.

Many writers and travellers have seen things in a different light; and I am sensible . that I may be accused of treating the Turks too. severely, and particularly by those who admire Lady Wortley Montagu's elegant descriptions, and similar productions of a warm imagination*. I draw conclusions from facts recorded in their own history. Indeed there cannot be a more horrible picture than that

* The best authors who have written on this subject are, Bujbec, Leunclav, Montetuculli, Marfigli, and Ricaut; they siiow what the Turks were in their days. As to Cantemir, though he had found an asylum in the very heart of the Rusiian empire, he wrote as if he still had been at Constantinople. . Other more modern authors are, Boscovisch, Busmello, Guys, Le Bret, Sir James Porter, Riedesel with Dohjn's notes, Ludeke, Stœvers, Ferrieres, and Volney, and their picture of the Turks is not more favourable than mine. There are others, who have composed in their closets excellent histories, &c. of this people.


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