Memoir of a Campaign with the Ottoman Army in Egypt, from February to July 1800: Containing a Description of the Turkish Army, the Journal of Its March from Syria to Egypt, General Observations on the Arabs, and on the Treaty of El-Arish, with an Account of the Event which Followed it

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J. Debrett, 1801 - Egypt - 100 pages

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Page 20 - 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 66 - ... fixed, were drawn up before them : the order was given to charge, and in an inftant four thoufand five hundred men were murdered.
Page 21 - ... keep coffee-houses, 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 15 - 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 17 - Catičh, which- amiifed me much. The Albanian troops, to the number of 7000, were encamped near the Grand Vizier ; foon after dark they became merry, and, as their only demonftrations of minh confift in (homing, and firing off their muikets with ball, they very foon became troublefome.
Page 14 - U, perhaps, a fortunate circumstance for Europe, that the efforts which have been made at different times, and which are still making, by European officers, to introduce a discipline among the Turks, have proved ineffectual ; for, if they are considered in regard to their personal courage, their bodily strength, or their military habits, they will be found to 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,...
Page 92 - 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 20 - ... 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 68 - 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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