Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Volume 3 ;Volumes 1858 à 1859

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Page 241 - Earl Grey offered him, in 1830, the post of First Lord of the Admiralty, with a seat in the cabinet. He...
Page 241 - Smith served at the capture of the Danish Islands of Santa Cruz, St. Thomas, and St. John, in 1807; at the siege of Fort Bourbon and capture of Martinique (wounded), in 1809. Senior engineer in charge of Cadiz and its environs in the operations connected with the battle of Barrosa, in 1811. Commanding engineer in the defence of Tarifa, and in the field operations which led to that event.
Page 295 - At dinner to-day Sir John gave us a pleasant account of his expectations of being able to get through the ice on the coast of America, and his disbelief in the idea that there is open sea to the northward.
Page 311 - ... are to be removed in order to give place to colossal edifices, in which the cultivators of art and science are to have their meeting-places, galleries, and museums, let us confidently hope that a Society so useful and so popular as our own will receive some share of the patronage of the Government "I must here express my sincere satisfaction, that one of the results to which I have looked with deep interest for many years has been attained since I last addressed you. We have obtained a Royal...
Page 184 - Mecca henceforth assured and facilitated to all Mussulmans ; an immense impulse given to steam navigation and to distant voyages ; the countries on the coasts of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Persia ; the eastern coast of Africa, India, the Kingdom of Siam, Cochin China, Japan ; the vast empire of China, with its more than 300,000,000 of inhabitants ; the...
Page 182 - They ascertained that there was no difference of level between the two seas, and that consequently a canal capable of being scoured by the waters of either was impracticable.
Page 178 - The captain, starting up, reached the deck in an instant, and almost as quickly putting the ship in stays, she went about. Every seaman on board thought she would be stranded. As she came about, all the surface of the water exhibited a thick black mud : this extended so widely, that the appearance resembled an island. At the same time, no land was really visible, not even from the masthead, nor was there any notice of such a shallow in any chart on board. The fact is, as we learned afterwards, that...
Page 178 - As we were sitting down to dinner, the voice of a sailor employed in heaving the lead was suddenly heard calling " half four .'" The Captain, starting up, reached the deck in an instant ; and almost as quickly putting the ship in stays, she went about. Every seaman on board thought she would be stranded. As she came about, all the surface of the water exhibited a thick black mud : this extended so widely, that the appearance resembled an island. At the same time, no land was really visible, not even...
Page 241 - But his own principal literary labours were in the field of biblical and philological research. In 1829 he prepared a new edition of Home Tooke's ' Diversions of Purley,' which he enriched with many valuable notes, and which he re-edited in 1840. In the same year (1840), Warton's ' History of English Poetry' having been placed in his hands by Mr.
Page 158 - Take the case of one of our wild quadrupeds, — suppose a fox or wild cat ; they make their nest, they have their litter. Suppose it should happen that they must travel one or two hundred miles to get a drink of water, impelled by the peculiar thirsty condition of a nursing mother, but obliged to leave the little family at home; where would this family be when the parent returned from its hundredmile journey, — the poor litUe blind, deserted litter?

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