The Embassy of Sir Thomas Roe to the Court of the Great Mogul, 1615-1619: As Narrated in His Journal and Correspondence

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Hakluyt society, 1899 - India - 586 pages
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Page 120 - The same course hee held with mee. Having looked Curiously and asked many questions of my present, he demanded what I required of him. I answered : Justice : That, on the assurance of his Majesties Firmaen sent into England, the king my Master had not only giuen leaue to many of his subjects to come a dangerous voyadge with their goodes, but had sent mee to Congratulate the amytye so happely begunne betweene two soe mighty Nations, and to Confirme the same: But that I found the English seated at...
Page 116 - Morning sitts out in the same manner as his father, to dispatch his business and to be scene of his followers. He is Proud Naturally, and I feard my entertaynment. But on some occasion he not resoluing to come out, when he heard of my arriuall, sent a Principall Officer to meete mee, who conducted mee into a good Roome (neuer before done to any), and entertayning me with discourse of our own business halfe an hower vntill the Prince was ready; who came abroad on purpose and vsed me better then his...
Page 215 - I am very fond of pictures, and have such discrimination in judging them that I can tell the name of the artist, whether living or dead. If there were similar portraits finished by several artists, I could point out the painter of each.
Page 112 - This sitting out hath soe much affinitye with a Theatre— the manner of the king in his gallery; The great men lifted on a stage as actors; the vulgar below gazing on— that an easy description will informe of the place and fashion.
Page 110 - Commandes, to see, and to bee seene. To digresse a little from my reception,, and declare the Customes of the Court, will enlighten the future discourse. The king hath no man but Eunuchs that Comes within the lodgings or retyring roomes of his house: His weomen watch within, and guard him with manly weapons. They doe Justice on vpon another for offences. He comes every Morning to a wyndow called the Jarruco looking into a playne before his gate, and showes him selfe to the Common People. At noone...
Page xxxiv - ... at sea, wher you are like to gayne as often as to loose. It is the beggering of the Portugall, notwithstanding his many rich residences and territoryes, that hee keepes souldiers that spendes it; yet his garrisons are meane. He never profited by the Indyes since hee defended them. Observe this well. It hath beene also the error of the Dutch, who seeke Plantation heere by the sword. They have a woonderfull stocke, they proule in all Places, they Posses some of the best ; yet ther dead Payes consume...
Page 116 - From an old print. to his woorth: This was the respect of the Merchants, who humbly recommended themselues to his fauour and protection. He receiued all in very good part; and after opening of some greauances and Iniuries suffered at Suratt by vs from his Gouernors, of which, for respect to him, I had forborne to Complayne to the king off, He promised mee speedy and effectuall Justice, and to...
Page lx - Those that knew him well have said that there was nothing wanting in him towards the accomplishment of a scholar, gentleman, or courtier ; that also, as he was learned, so was he a great encourager and promoter of learning and learned men. His spirit was generous and public, and his heart faithful to his prince. He was a great statesman, as good a commonwealth's man and as sound a Christian as our nation hath had in many ages
Page 112 - When I entered within the first rail I made an obeisance; entering in the inward rail another; and when I came under the King a third. The place is a great court, whither resort all sorts of people. The King sits in a little gallery overhead; ambassadors, the great men, and strangers of quality within the...
Page 108 - His notes are already to great for portage : some left at Aleppo, some at Hispan — enough to make any stationer an alderman that shall but serve the printer with paper.

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