Some account of the public life, and a selection from the unpublished writings, of the earl of Macartney

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Pagina 182 - O ! wonder ! How many goodly creatures are there here ! How beauteous mankind is ! O brave new world, That has such people in't ! Pro. Tis new to thee.
Pagina 396 - The Empire of China is an old, crazy, first-rate Man of War, which a fortunate succession of able and vigilant officers have contrived to keep afloat for these hundred and fifty years past, and to overawe their neighbours merely by her bulk and appearance. But whenever an insufficient man happens to have the command on deck, adieu to the discipline and safety of the ship. She may, perhaps, not sink outright ; she may...
Pagina 273 - From hence was pointed out to us by the minister a vast enclosure below, which, he said, was not more accessible to him than to us, being never entered but by the emperor, his women, and his eunuchs.
Pagina 259 - The material and distribution of the furniture within at once displayed grandeur and elegance. The tapestry, the curtains, the carpets, the lanterns, the fringes, and the tassels were disposed with such harmony, the colours so artfully varied, and the light and shade so judiciously managed, that the whole assemblage filled the eye with delight, and diffused over the mind a pleasing serenity and repose undisturbed by glitter or affected embellishments. 'The commanding feature of the ceremony was that...
Pagina 272 - ... the regularity of our cavalcade, though the horses are spirited, and all of them unshod. From the great irregularity of the ground and the various heights to which we ascended we had opportunities of catching many magnificent points of view by detached glances, but after wandering for several hours (and yet never wearied with wandering) we at last reached a covered pavilion* open on all sides, and situated on a summit so elevated as perfectly to command the whole surrounding country to a vast...
Pagina 260 - In order to have this gratification (which is considered as an instance of uncommon favour) we arose in the morning at three o'clock, and went to the palace, where we waited, mixed with all the great officers of state, for three hours (such is the etiquette of the place) till the emperor's appearance. At last he came forth, borne in the usual manner by sixteen persons on a high, open palankeen, attended by guards, music, standards, and umbrellas without number, and observing us, as we stood in the...
Pagina 280 - ... besides ships, rocks, shells, sponges, and corals, all performed by concealed actors, who were quite perfect in their parts and performed their characters to admiration. These two marine and land regiments, after separately parading in a circular procession for a considerable time, at last joined together and, forming one body, came to the front of the stage, when, after a few evolutions, they opened to the right and left to give room for the whale, who seemed to be the commanding officer, to...
Pagina 366 - I would not for any consideration that we had not, as by these means we are now masters of the geography of the north-east coasts of China, and have acquired a knowledge of the Yellow. Sea, which was never before navigated by European ships.
Pagina 284 - Chinese have the secret of clothing fire, seems one of the chief merits of their pyrotechny. The whole concluded with a volcano, or general explosion and discharge of suns and stars, squibs, bouncers, crackers, rockets, and grenadoes, which involved the gardens for above an hour after in a cloud of smoke.
Pagina 262 - In every one of the pavilions was a throne, or imperial state ; and a .Eu-jou, or symbol of peace and prosperity, placed at one side of it, resembling that which the Emperor delivered to me yesterday for the king. " It would be an endless task were I to attempt a detail of all the wonders of this charming place. There is no beauty of distribution, no feature of amenity, no reach of fancy, which embellishes our pleasure-grounds in England, that is not to be found here.

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