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(without typos) from the publisher. 1811. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... from those consecrated pebbles of the Gunduck, known by the
name of Salegrams. Our surprize, however, on this occasion, will be
diminished, if it does not entirely vanish, on considering, that
while the unremitted jealousy with which the administration of the
country had at all times discouraged the free ingress of strangers
deprived us of the means of acquiring accurate information, it was
also calculated in some degree to confirm the impression which had
been received of its natural riches, and which the government of
Nepaul itself has, though most probably not intentionally,
contributed to keep up by occasionally sending specimens of gold
ore to the Governor General of India, by way of presents, or
curiosities. It is now pretty clear, however, that, except the
small quantity sifted out of the sands of certain rivulets, which
pass through, without rising in the Nepaul territories, these
latter produce not a grain of gold. It is true I have heard of a
gold mine in the neighbourhood of Listie, but if any thing more be
meant by the account than the scanty particles of gold dust
sometimes discovered in the beds of the torrents which rush through
the Kuchir in that quarter, I am inclined to believe it is not
situated within the Nepaul limits. It it also true that Summerpa
(the fugitive Lama of Teeshoo Loomboo, or Diggercheh), who, by
taking refuge with the Goorkhali, occasioned the late war between
Nepaul and China, and who appears to have been a person of
considerable science, gave the government of Khatmanda reason to
hope that the precious metals might be discovered in its dominions.
It is equally certain, however, that his researches proved
fruitless, as I have been assured that the produce of his various
experiments did not defray the expenses attending them. ...
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