Over The Crimean Battle-Grounds With Kinglake's Glorious Books
For Reference In My Hand.
I dined with the widow of General
Liprandi at Odessa.
I saw the Arabian traveller Palgrave at
Trebizond, and Baron Nicolay, the Civil Governor of the Caucasus,
at Tiflis. I lived with the Russian Ambassador while at Teheran,
and wherever I went through Persia I received the most hospitable
welcome from the gentlemen of the Indo-European Telegraph Company;
and following the examples of many illustrious men, I wrote my
name upon one of the Persepolitan monuments. In the month of
August, 1870, I arrived in India.
On the 12th of October I sailed on the barque 'Polly' from
Bombay to Mauritius. As the 'Polly' was a slow sailer, the
passage lasted thirty-seven days. On board this barque was
a William Lawrence Farquhar - hailing from Leith, Scotland -
in the capacity of first-mate. He was an excellent navigator,
and thinking he might be useful to me, I employed him; his pay
to begin from the date we should leave Zanzibar for Bagamoyo.
As there was no opportunity of getting, to Zanzibar direct,
I took ship to Seychelles. Three or four days after arriving
at Mahe, one of the Seychelles group, I was fortunate enough
to get a passage for myself, William Lawrence Farquhar, and
an Arab boy from Jerusalem, who was to act as interpreter -
on board an American whaling vessel, bound for Zanzibar;
at which port we arrived on the 6th of January, 1871.
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