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The Edinburgh annual register Volume 11, pts. 1-2.

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Pages: 374

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: RareBooksClub.com (6 Mar. 2012)

By: Books Group (Author)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1821 Excerpt: ... the other of the Caillas mountain. The water it clear, unencumbered by weeds, and frequented by vast numbers of grey wildgeese, and by aquatic eagles. All the rocks are studded with convents, which appeared to be the abode of recluses of both sexes, and derived a picturesque appearance, from the sti earners of various coloured cloth and hair which floated from poles fixed to the rooft and corners of the buildings. After the most diligent examination and inquiry, Mr Moorcroft was convinced that no river flowed out of this lake. As ill health, however, prevented him from making the entire circuit himself, some uncertainty still hangs on the question. There appears even to be an opposite report prevalent in the country: and it seems scarcely probable, that a mountain-lake, fed by such vast snows, should dispose of all its waters by mere evaporation. Mr M. could only see at a distance the blue waters of the Rawanhrad, reported at a lake four times larger than the other, and enclosing some lofty mountains in the form of an island. After this, as. the season was advancing, he lost no time in rccrossing to Himmaleh. That part of the world where a cluster of immense islands forms a species of continent, under the name of Australusia, acquired, about this time, a greater importance than formerly. Only a corner of New Holland had been selected by Britain as a receptacle for the secondary class of her convicts: and this very destination pointed it out as a forlorn and desolate region, whither no European would voluntarily repair. Now, however, when commerce had bound so closely the most distant regions, and when the pressure of want was felt so severely at home, no part of the globe where good unoccupied land could be had, was considered too distant to go in search o...

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