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another occasion for only looking indignant at a fat lady who spat upon me . "P . 95 *
" At noon on our return we had an adventure of rather a perilous description , and one which illustrates the brutality of the people towards . Christians , however unoffending . ** We approached the door of a Khan , buUt by Hassan Pacha , to request permission to repose for half an hour ; and our request was answered by opening the
door of the court yard , and letting out a pack of savage dogs on us : in a moment we had from twenty to five and twenty famished mongrels springing at our throats ; our boots luckily preserved our feet and legs , but our apparel was soon in flitters . My friend , the consul , unfortunately ran , and had the worst of
the attack ; I defended myself as well as I could—sometimes , like the heroes of Homer , pelting with stones ; sometimes , more unelassically , kicking right and left , and ultimately exhibiting , pocket pistols , on which the Turks ( who had been all this time enjoying our distress ) made a threatening signal to ine to refrain from firing .
" I entreated them repeatedly to call off the dogs ; but the more I entreated the more they were amused ; and one fellow said ' it was fitting that one dog should fatten on another . ' Had we been mangled before them , joint by joint , they would have esteemed it a good joke ; and I really at one time thought we were likely to afford them that
amusement . Luckily for us , a young man at last interfered , and prevailed on his inhuman companions , many of whom were advanced in years , to take off our ferocious assailants ; and 1 assure you it was high time , for we were completely worried . I endeavoured to get these ruffians punished ; but , as usual , the complaint of a Christian was laughed at /'—Pp . 141 , 142 .
Religious Sincerity of the Turks . " The caravan consisted chiefly of pilgrims going to the Holy City , and a vast number of public wo me u , professed Alme ; of these I counted fourteen , and I did not see them all . 1 thought their licentious dances and conversation likely to inspire , a very different sort of devotiou from that which pious pilgrims ought to feel ; but religion is made the pander of the vilest passions in Turkey ; . aud the devotee who abandons his wife and family , and hazards his existence to visit the shrine of bis prophet , scruples not
to make a prostitute the companion of his pilgrimage . "—Vol . II . p . 211 . Many other passages occur in the two
volumes , difficult to be extracted , which shew it to be Mr . Mad den ' s opinion , that what he says of the Turkish religious character at Cairo , may be considered . as applicable to the Turks generally : " The name of the Prophet is in every man ' s mouth , and the fear of God in few men ' s hearts . "—Vol . I . p . 307 . That Mr . Madden was not blind to
the moral or religious excellence of the Turks , because it happened to be connected with the religion of an impostor , is shewn by the following brief sketch of the Arab character , and which has evidently left a different impression on his mind :
" The more I see of the Arabs , the more I am convinced they are naturally the kindest-hearted people iu the world . Travellers generally , who pass hastily through the country , have reason , I grant , to complain of their rapacity ; but travellers , 1 believe , in every country ,
not excepting England , are doomed to be the victims of extortion . The misery of the Arabs , too , often obliges them to be knaves ; but their dishonesty is on so small a scale , that I never knew an Arab servant extend a larceny beyond the theft of a few piastres , or the appropriation of his master ' s tobacco to his own use .
The freedom they take with a traveller ' s provisions they account not theft , for they are liberal of their own ; it is only the abuse of hospitality which renders an Arab ' profusus sui , appetens alien ! . ' " —Vol . I . p . 369 . With regard to the " steady patriotism" of the Turks , even their warmest advocates cau , 1 presume , say but little when they reflect upon the . disastrous issue of their late war with Russia . If it farmed a feature in their character
when Tournefort wrote , they gave no evidence of its existence when the armies of Nicolas were overrunning their territories .
Miscellaneous Correspondence . 60
On the Rev . F Knowles ' s Appeal to the English Unitarians on the Marriage Question To the Editor .
Sir , fVarrington , Oct . 6 , 1830 . This is an admirable little tract , and demands the serious attention of the Unitarian public It is evidently written with a pure conscience , aud a heart that would dread to offend a righteous God
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1831, page 63, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2593/page/63/