Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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of a lion and a bull, and close by is the
private sea! of King Amosis. Behind is the
diadem of massive gold, set with coloured
stones; there was also a very fine hatchet,
which has on its blade a curious represen-
tation of Amosis in the act of sacrificing a
barbarian captive, and on the handle is a
curious genealogy of his majesty.
There is also a massive gold chain a
yard long, suspended by golden beetles,
but the most curious article is a golden
boat mounted on four wheels, with twelve
oars, men in silver, and a figure in gold
seated in the midst — probably an effigy
of the dead queen — symbolizing the voy-
age of the soul after death. The most ela-
borate (so uncle called it) of all the orna-
ments is a breast brooch, which represents
King Amosis between two divinities, who
are pouring over him the water of purifi-
cation. One side of this ornament is in
gold, the other in coloured stones, both
beautifully finished. There are also a pro-
fusion of other ornaments and necklaces in
gold which were found on her majesty's
person, all of them made, no doubt, for her
adornment in the coffin. On the other side
of the court is a case which contains a
complete pantheon of Egyptian deities,
among which a figure of Isis is the most
beautiful. Another curious object in this
collection is a sort of mummy-case. By
the side of the body the soul is represent-
ed seated, and on the coffin are prayers,
supposed to be addressed by the body to
the soul, the purport of which we were
told is to let it remain undisturbed until
the day of resurrection, when the two will
be united together again; so, you see, the
resurrection of the dead seems to be a
very old doctrine.
By the time we had got over our inter-
view with Queen Ash-hotch, we began to
fee! very hungry; so uncle, after having
performed his ablutions, and made us do
the same, took us to the refreshment-room.
In the vestibule of each is an American
bar, and uncle asked us if we would like
a 'valle mate,' or a 'stone fence,' or a
'cobbler,' or a 'flash of lightning.' At first
wo did not know what he meant, but he
soon explained to us that these were the
names which the Americans applied to their
favourite beverages. Isn't it very funny?
What a strange people these American
cousins of ours are! Uncle thought we
had better not have a great dinner, for
fear we should not be able to walk about
afterwards, or that we might feel more dis-
posed to lie down than to keep moving;
we, however, had some luncheon and some
claret with it. When we came out of the
'salle a manger' we took another turn round
the building, just to see what would be
best for us to examine to-morrow, and came
away well satisfied with our second day's
Your affectionate brother,
Harry Pogson.
The chief object of interest at Green-
wich is tho hospital. It occupies the site
of the old royal palace called 'Greenwich
House,' which, being in a dilapidated state
at the period of the Restoration, was or-
dered to be taken down and a new one
erected in its place. The architect select-
ed for this new work was Webb, under
whose superintendence the present north-
western wing was built, and became the
occasional residence of Charles 11. No
further progress towards completion was
however made till the reign of William III.,
whose wife, it is said, having suggested
the plan of founding an asylum for dis-
abled seamen belonging to the royal navy,
it was detemined, upon the recommenda-
tion of Sir Christopher Wren, that the
unfinished palace of Greenwich should be
enlarged and adapted to that purpose.
The foundation was laid June 9, 1G96, and
the whole of the superstructure then con-
templated was finished within two years,
though the hospital was not opened for
the reception of pensioners until 1705.
In the year of the foundation an act was
passed, 7 and 8 William III., cap. 21, by
which Qd, per month of the w^ages of all
seamen belonging to the royal navy is ap-
propriated to the benefit of the institution.
Since that time large sums have been be-
queathed by benevolent individuals for the
use of the hospital, and the buildings have
been successively enlarged and improved.
The whole now consists of four quadran-
gular piles, built principally of Portland
stone, and designated by the names of the
kings or queens in whose reigns they were
erected. The architecture is of the Roman
character, rather plain in its general de-
tails, but acquiring great features of magni-
ficence from its large dimensions, from the
material of which it is executed, from its
porticoes, its splendid domes, and its long
colonnades. The whole of the buildings
are open to the river. The Chapel was
erected from a design of James Stuart,
and is highly ornamented. The Hall, a
noble room opposite to the Chapel, con-