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

Robert Kerr (writer)
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On Whitsunday I was called into the presence of the khan, and before I went in, the goldsmiths son, who was my interpreter, informed me that it was determined I was to return to my own country, and advised me to say nothing against it.  When I came before the khan I kneeled, and he asked me whether I said to his secretaries that he was a Tuinian.  To this I answered, “My lord, I said not so; but if it please your highness I will repeat what I then said;” and I recited what I had spoken, as mentioned before, and he answered:  “I thought well you said not so, for it was a word you ought not to have spoken; but your interpreter hath ill rendered your words.”  Then, reaching forth the staff on which, he leaned towards me, he said, “be not afraid.”  To which I answered smiling, that if I had feared I should not have come hither.  He then said, as if confessing his faith:  “We Moals believe that there is but one God, and we have an upright heart towards him.”  “Then,” said I, “may God grant you this mind, for without his gift it cannot be.”  He then added, “God hath given to the hand divers fingers, and hath given many ways to man.  He hath given the Scriptures to you, yet you keep them not.  You certainly find not in the Scriptures that one of you should dispraise another?” “No,” said I; “and I signified unto your highness from the beginning, that I would not contend with any one.”  “I speak not,” said he, “respecting you.  In like manner, you find not in your Scriptures, that a man ought to swerve from justice for the sake of money?” To this I answered, “That our Scriptures taught no such evil doctrine, neither had I come into, these parts to get money, having even refused that which was freely offered to me.”  And one of the secretaries, then present, certified, that I had refused a jascot and a piece of silk.  “I speak not of that,” said the khan; “God hath given you the Scriptures and you keep them not; but he hath given to us soothsayers, and we do what they bid us, and live in peace.”  He drank four times, as I think, before he disclosed these things; and, while I waited attentively in expectation that he might disclose any thing farther respecting his faith, he began another subject, saying:  “You have stayed a long time here, and it is my pleasure that you return.  You have said that you dared not to carry my ambassadors with you; will you carry my messenger, or my letters?” To this I answered, “If he would make me understand his words, and that they were put in writing, I would willingly carry them, to the best of my power.”  He then asked if I would have gold or silver, or costly garments?  I answered, that we received no such things; but not having wherewith to bear our expences, we could not get out of his country without his help.  He then said, that he would provide us in all necessaries through his country, and demanded how far we would be brought.  I said it were sufficient if he gave us a pass into Armenia.  To this he answered:  “I will cause you to be carried thither, after

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