锦海国际锦海国际锦海国际As this is the only excursion of the kind which I have made in allthe accounts I have given of my travels, so I shall make no moresuch. It is none of my business, nor any part of my design; but togive an account of my own adventures through a life of inimitablewanderings, and a long variety of changes, which, perhaps, few thatcome after me will have heard the like of: I shall, therefore, sayvery little of all the mighty places, desert countries, andnumerous people I have yet to pass through, more than relates to myown story, and which my concern among them will make necessary.
锦海国际锦海国际I was now, as near as I can compute, in the heart of China, aboutthirty degrees north of the line, for we were returned from Nankin.I had indeed a mind to see the city of Pekin, which I had heard somuch of, and Father Simon importuned me daily to do it. At lengthhis time of going away being set, and the other missionary who wasto go with him being arrived from Macao, it was necessary that weshould resolve either to go or not; so I referred it to my partner,and left it wholly to his choice, who at length resolved it in theaffirmative, and we prepared for our journey. We set out with verygood advantage as to finding the way; for we got leave to travel inthe retinue of one of their mandarins, a kind of viceroy orprincipal magistrate in the province where they reside, and whotake great state upon them, travelling with great attendance, andgreat homage from the people, who are sometimes greatlyimpoverished by them, being obliged to furnish provisions for themand all their attendants in their journeys. I particularlyobserved in our travelling with his baggage, that though wereceived sufficient provisions both for ourselves and our horsesfrom the country, as belonging to the mandarin, yet we were obligedto pay for everything we had, after the market price of thecountry, and the mandarins steward collected it duly from us.Thus our travelling in the retinue of the mandarin, though it was agreat act of kindness, was not such a mighty favour to us, but wasa great advantage to him, considering there were above thirty otherpeople travelled in the same manner besides us, under theprotection of his retinue; for the country furnished all theprovisions for nothing to him, and yet he took our money for them.锦海国际锦海国际锦海国际We were twenty-five days travelling to Pekin, through a countryexceeding populous, but I think badly cultivated; the husbandry,the economy, and the way of living miserable, though they boast somuch of the industry of the people: I say miserable, if comparedwith our own, but not so to these poor wretches, who know no other.The pride of the poor people is infinitely great, and exceeded bynothing but their poverty, in some parts, which adds to that whichI call their misery; and I must needs think the savages of Americalive much more happy than the poorer sort of these, because as theyhave nothing, so they desire nothing; whereas these are proud andinsolent and in the main are in many parts mere beggars anddrudges. Their ostentation is inexpressible; and, if they can,they love to keep multitudes of servants or slaves, which is to thelast degree ridiculous, as well as their contempt of all the worldbut themselves.锦海国际
锦海国际I must confess I travelled more pleasantly afterwards in thedeserts and vast wildernesses of Grand Tartary than here, and yetthe roads here are well paved and well kept, and very convenientfor travellers; but nothing was more awkward to me than to see sucha haughty, imperious, insolent people, in the midst of the grossestsimplicity and ignorance; and my friend Father Simon and I used tobe very merry upon these occasions, to see their beggarly pride.For example, coming by the house of a country gentleman, as FatherSimon called him, about ten leagues off the city of Nankin, we hadfirst of all the honour to ride with the master of the house abouttwo miles; the state he rode in was a perfect Don Quixotism, beinga mixture of pomp and poverty. His habit was very proper for amerry-andrew, being a dirty calico, with hanging sleeves, tassels,and cuts and slashes almost on every side: it covered a taffetyvest, so greasy as to testify that his honour must be a mostexquisite sloven. His horse was a poor, starved, hobblingcreature, and two slaves followed him on foot to drive the poorcreature along; he had a whip in his hand, and he belaboured thebeast as fast about the head as his slaves did about the tail; andthus he rode by us, with about ten or twelve servants, going fromthe city to his country seat, about half a league before us. Wetravelled on gently, but this figure of a gentleman rode awaybefore us; and as we stopped at a village about an hour to refreshus, when we came by the country seat of this great man, we saw himin a little place before his door, eating a repast. It was a kindof garden, but he was easy to be seen; and we were given tounderstand that the more we looked at him the better he would bepleased. He sat under a tree, something like the palmetto, whicheffectually shaded him over the head, and on the south side; butunder the tree was placed a large umbrella, which made that partlook well enough. He sat lolling back in a great elbow-chair,being a heavy corpulent man, and had his meat brought him by twowomen slaves. He had two more, one of whom fed the squire with aspoon, and the other held the dish with one hand, and scraped offwhat he let fall upon his worships beard and taffety vest.锦海国际锦海国际详情