Memoir of a campaign with the ottoman army in Egypt, from February to July 1800

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1801
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Page 21 - The view of the camp the morning after my arrival at El-Arish, was to me a very singular sight, as I believe it was original in its kind. The ground upon which it stood was irregular, and a perfect desert of white sand, with no other signs of vegetation than a few date-trees, which stood in a cluster at a small distance.
Page 67 - To this day their skeletons, and the sands steeped with gore, attest the barbarous act.
Page 16 - ... body of men. A loaf of bread, with an onion, is what many of them have always lived upon ; rice is a luxury, and meat a dainty to them. With this abstemious diet they are strangers to many of our diseases, and the hardships of a camp life are habitual to them; because, from their infancy, they have slept upon the ground and in the open air. Discipline would certainly make men who are possessed of such natural advantages very formidable ; whereas, from a want of it, they an despicable enemies.
Page 22 - ... horse-dealers ; and a number of public cryers are constantly employed in describing to the multitude things lost; or in selling divers articles at auction. This scene of confusion is certainly more easily conceived than told ; but a very ingenious definition of it was given by a Turk, who was asked to x describe their manner of encampment. " Thus," said he, pulling from his pocket a handful of paras *, and throwing them carelessly on a table.
Page 15 - ... equal, if not to surpass, any other body of men. A loaf of bread, with an onion, is what many of them have always lived upon ; rice is a luxury, and meat a dainty to them. With this abstemious diet they are strangers to many of our diseases, and the hardships of a camp life are habitual to them j because, from their infancy, they have slept upon the ground and in the open air.
Page 23 - паЦ cated the abode of man were the tents, and about th,cm horses," camels, and asses feeding. The stillness which reigned reminded' me of the wandering but peaceful lives of our forefathers, rather than of the army of a despot moving to conquest. I might have been a spy, or an incendiary ; and I should have escaped with impunity.
Page 21 - ... that moved was conspicuous to the eye, from the' white ground of the landscape. The whole resembled a large fair ; a number of the soldiers who serve without pay carry on a traffic by which they subsist ; there are, besides, tradesmen of all descriptions who follow the camp ; some keep...
Page 91 - Frunce has eftabiiihed the pofiibi'ity of fucceeding. Her failure, in the prefent inftance, may be attributed to the want of proportion between the means employed, and the magnitude of the enterprize ; and when the advantages which...
Page 22 - ... which are distinguished by a red flag ; others are horse-dealers ; and a number of public cryers are constantly employed in describing to the multitude things lost, or in selling divers articles at auction.
Page 69 - July 1800, containing a Description of the Turkish Army ; the Journal of its March ;<from Syria to Egypt; and on the Treaty of El-Arish, with an Account of the Events which followed it.

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