Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah (Complete) by Sir Richard Francis Burton

Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah (Complete)

bySir Richard Francis Burton

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IN the autumn of 1852, through the medium of my excellent friend, the
late General Monteith, I offered my services to the Royal Geographical
Society of London, for the purpose of removing that opprobrium to
modern adventure, the huge white blot which in our maps still notes the
Eastern and the Central regions of Arabia. Sir Roderick I. Murchison,
Colonel P. Yorke and Dr. Shaw, a deputation from that distinguished
body, with their usual zeal for discovery and readiness to encourage
the discoverer, honoured me by warmly supporting, in a personal
interview with the then Chairman of the then Court of Directors to the
then Honourable East India Company, my application for three years'
leave of absence on special duty from India to Maskat. But they were
unable to prevail upon the said Chairman, the late Sir James Hogg,
who, remembering the fatalities which of late years have befallen
sundry soldier-travellers in the East, refused his sanction, alleging
as a reason that the contemplated journey was of too dangerous a nature. In
compensation, however, for the disappointment, I was allowed the
additional furlough of a year, in order to pursue my Arabic studies in
lands where the language is best learned.


Title:Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah (Complete)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 28, 2015Publisher:Consumer Oriented Ebooks PublisherLanguage:English

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