Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp: Late a Lieutenant in His Majesty's 87th Regiment

J. & J. Harper, 1829
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Pagina 1 - Their dearest action in the tented field, And little of this great world can I speak, More than pertains to feats of broil and battle, And therefore little shall I grace my cause In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience...
Pagina 86 - Between the acting of a dreadful thing And the first motion, all the interim is Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream : The genius, and the mortal instruments, Are then in council; and the state of man, Like to a little kingdom, suffers then The nature of an insurrection.
Pagina 185 - Prepare to move ; " and in one hour after we entered this little gaping cavern, leaving the principal part of our force for the protection ' of our standing tents and baggage. We were equipped as lightly as possible. Two sixpounders were conveyed on elephants, and our march seemed to lie through the bed of this ravine, which was rocky, and watered by a crystal current, that rippled along its flinty bed.) We did not proceed at the rate of more than one or two hundred yards an hour, ascending and...
Pagina 48 - blood' in Bond Street not half so prepossessing in his appearance. We then started him up the hill, though he seemed rather reluctant to leave us. Some of his companions came down to meet him ; but, from the alteration which shaving his head and face had made in him, they did not know him again, and, accordingly, pelted him with stones, and beat him with sticks, in so unmerciful a manner, that poor Father Murphy actually sought protection from his enemies, and he in time became quite domesticated...
Pagina 187 - We were halted in a kind of basin, surrounded by high hills. In the course of a couple of hours, the whole of the 87th /Regiment, with our gallant general (and suite, ascended this difficult ghaut. From this eminence we could see a great distance ; and on 'every hill we could discern signals, which were communicated from post to post] From this we concluded that the enemy had gained...
Pagina 185 - Travels, ii. 86. guns up the steep passes, or ghauts, which are so formidable in the mountainous districts of India. Such a scene will be best described in the words of an eye-witness: — " There was a small ravine branching off from the bed of a dry river, in which our encampment lay, and its entrance looked like the dreary access to some deep cavern. * * * * We entered this little gaping cavern, leaving the principal part of our force for the protection of our standing tents and baggage.
Pagina 188 - My dove,' ' My son,' ' My wife ; ' but all these endearing appellations, of which elephants are so fond, would not induce him to try again. Force was at length resorted to, and the elephant roared terrifically, but would not move. Something was then...
Pagina 47 - ... and screaming; so much so, that we expected a night attack. In the morning, however, we found that all this rioting had been created by disputes about the division of the blanket; for we saw eight or ten of them with pieces of it on their backs, as old women wear their cloaks. Amongst the number strutted Father Murphy. These rascals annoyed us day and night, and we dared not venture out, unless a party of five or six went together.
Pagina 47 - On these hills (says he,) whole regiments of baboons assemble, for which this station is particularly famous. They stand six feet high, and in features and manners approach nearer to the human species than any other quadruped I have ever seen. These rascals, who are most abominable thieves, used to annoy us exceedingly. Our barracks were under the hills, and when we went to parade, we were invariably obliged to leave armed men for the protection of our property; and, even in spite of this, they have...
Pagina 189 - ... round which the younger animal entwined his, and thus reached the summit of the ghaut in safety. Having both accomplished their task, their greeting was as cordial as if they had been long separated from each other, and had just escaped from some perilous achievement. They mutually embraced each other, and stood face to face for a considerable time, as if whispering congratulations.

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