A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 01 eBook

Robert Kerr (writer)
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we trusted in the help of a just God.”  At this they seemed all astonished, constantly exclaiming, “Did you not come to make peace?” For they are so puffed up with pride, that they think the whole world should make peace with them; but if I might be suffered, I would preach war against them to the utmost of my power.  I dared not deliver the true cause of my journey, lest, in so doing, I might contradict what had been written by Baatu, and therefore always said we came because he sent us.

The day following I went to the court barefooted, at which the people stared; but a Hungarian boy, who was among diem, knew our order, and told them the reason; on which a Nestorian, who was chief secretary, asked many questions at the Hungarian, and we went back to our lodgings.  On our return, at the end of the court, towards the east, I saw a small house, with a little cross at top, at which I greatly rejoiced, supposing there might be some Christians there.  I went in boldly, and found an altar well furnished, having a golden cloth, adorned with images of Christ, the Virgin, St John the Baptist, and two angels; the lines of their body and garments being formed with small pearls.  On the altar was a large silver cross, ornamented with precious stones, and many other embroiderings; and a lamp with eight lights burned before the altar.  Sitting beside the altar I saw an Armenian monk, somewhat black and lean, clad in a rough hairy coat to the middle of his leg, above which was a coarse black cloak, furred with spotted skins, and he was girded with iron under his haircloth.  Before saluting the monk, we fell flat on the earth, singing Ave regina and other hymns, and the monk joined in our prayers.  These being finished, we sat down beside the monk, who had a small fire before him in a pan.  He told us that he had come a month before us, being a hermit in the territories of Jerusalem, who had been warned by God in a vision, to go to the prince of the Tartars.  After some conversation, we went to our lodgings.  Having eaten nothing that day, we made a little broth of flesh and millet for our supper.  Our guide and his companions were made drunk at the court, and very little care was taken of us.  Next morning the ends of my toes were so frostbit by the extreme cold of the country, that I could no longer go barefooted.  From the time when the frost begins, it never ceases till May, and even then it freezes every night and morning, but thaws with the heat of the sun during the day.  If they had much wind in that country during winter, as we have, nothing could live there; but they have always mild weather till April, and then the winds rise; and at that season, while we were there, the cold rising with the wind, killed multitudes of animals.  In the winter little snow fell there; but about Easter, which was that year in the latter end of April, there fell so great a snow, that the streets of Caracarum were so full, it had to be carried out in carts.

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