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Francis Younghusband


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'My instinct first led me to Dharmsala [sic], for many years the home of my uncle Robert Shaw who [...] was the first Englishman to push his way way right through the Himalayas to the plains of Turkestan beyond. Here [in his house] I found [...] books [...] and maps and old manuscripts. I was among the relics of an explorer,at the very house in which he had planned his explorations[...]. I pored over the old books and maps, and talked for hours with the old servants, till the spirit of exploration gradually entered my soul, and I rushed off on a preliminary tour on foot in the direction of Tibet, and planned a great journey into that country for the following year.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Francis Younghusband      Print: Book, manuscripts also mentioned


 : Peking Gazette

'I had an opportunity once of reading, side by side,the despatches of the Chinese commander (published in the "Peking Gazette") and the despatches of the French general (published by the French Government) about the same battles. It was most instructive reading.The Chinese reported to the emperor [...] that the French had from ten to twenty times the number they really had ; and the slaughter these gallant Chinese soldiers effected beats everything previously recorded in history. Accirding to the "Peking Gazette", no les than 1,800,000 Frenchmen were actually killed in the Tonquin [sic] war: and according to the same authority Admiral Courbet was killed on forty-six occasions.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Francis Younghusband      Print: Newspaper


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'Any one can imagine the fearful monotony of those long dreary marches seated on the back of a slow and silently moving camel. While it was light I would read and even write; but soon the sun would set before us, the stars would appear one by one, and through the long dark hours we would go silently on [...].'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Francis Younghusband      Print: Unknown


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