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A Narrative of the Expedition to Dongola and Senna

Produced by Charles Klingman

A

NARRATIVE

OF THE

EXPEDITION

TO

DONGOLA AND SENNAAR,

UNDER THE

COMMAND OF HIS EXCELLENCE ISMAEL PASHA,

UNDERTAKEN BY ORDER OF

HIS HIGHNESS MEHEMMED ALI PASHA, VICEROY OF EGYPT.

BY AN AMERICAN IN THE SERVICE OF THE VICEROY.

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET. 1822.

London: Printed by C. Roworth, Bell Yard Temple Bar

TO

HIS BRITANNIC MAJESTY'S

CONSUL GENERAL IN EGYPT,

HENRY SALT, ESQ.

MY FATHERLY FRIEND IN A FOREIGN LAND, THIS WORK IS DEDICATED, WITH AFFECTIONATE RESPECT, BY

THE AUTHOR:

AND RECOMMENDED TO THE KIND CARE AND PATRONAGE OF

JOHN WILLIAM BANKES, ESQ.

BY HIS OBLIGED FRIEND AND SERVANT,

HENRY SALT.

By George Bethune English, General of Artillery in the U.S. Service

PREFACE

MEHEMMED ALI PASHA, the victorious pacificator of Egypt and Arabia, is already renowned in the civilized world. Egypt, once the home of discord and the headquarters of anarchy, under his administration has long enjoyed peace and prosperity; is permeable in all directions, and in perfect safety to the merchant and the traveler, and is yearly progressing in wealth and improvement.[1]

The Viceroy has been particularly attentive to revive and extend those commercial relations of Egypt with the surrounding countries, which once rendered it the richest and most flourishing territory in the ancient world.

A well chosen library of the best European books on the art military, geography, astronomy, medicine, history, belles-lettres and the fine arts has been purchased from Europe by the Viceroy and placed in the palace of Ismael Pasha, where is also a school, at the Viceroy's expense, for the instruction of the Mussulman youth in the Italian language and the sciences of the Franks. To which establishments has been lately added a printing press, for printing books in the Turkish, Arabic and Persian languages, and a weekly newspaper in Arabic and Italian. The library and the press are under the superintendence of Osman Noureddin Effendi, a young Turk of great good sense, and who is well versed in the literature of Europe, where he has resided for several years, by order of the Viceroy, for his education: he is at present engaged in translating into Turkish some works on tactics, for the use of his countrymen.


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