First Englishman in Lhasa

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First Englishman in Lhasa

Post by Anchor Moy » Fri Oct 16, 2015 6:07 pm

A load of letters and notebooks by Thomas Manning discovered recently gives interesting perspective on west meets east in the 19th century.
...Manning himself wondered about what drove his travels and curiosity. In one letter to a friend, he described his “strange power of thought and sentiments that impel me unswervingly to strange things” though he added: “I have nothing, absolutely nothing, in my constitution of what is called crack-brained.”

Instead he described how he was writing while “sitting alone in a room at the very extremity of the earth having nothing but the tones of a Chinese string instrument played on by a Chinese servant … Surrounded on all sides by people whose thoughts, actions, dress and affections have nothing in common with Europe.” ...
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015 ... g-explorer
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Re: First Englishman in Lhasa

Post by vladimir » Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:25 am

Oh dear, this will upset our friend on tof who claims to have travelled widely and been the first white man villagers had seen.

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