版彩 At length we arrived at Pekin. I had nobody with me but the youthwhom my nephew had given me to attend me as a servant and whoproved very trusty and diligent; and my partner had nobody with himbut one servant, who was a kinsman. As for the Portuguese pilot,he being desirous to see the court, we bore his charges for hiscompany, and for our use of him as an interpreter, for heunderstood the language of the country, and spoke good French and alittle English. Indeed, this old man was most useful to useverywhere; for we had not been above a week at Pekin, when he camelaughing. "Ah, Seignior Inglese," says he, "I have something totell will make your heart glad." - "My heart glad," says I; "whatcan that be? I don't know anything in this country can either giveme joy or grief to any great degree." - "Yes, yes," said the oldman, in broken English, "make you glad, me sorry." - "Why," said I,"will it make you sorry?" - "Because," said he, "you have broughtme here twenty-five days' journey, and will leave me to go backalone; and which way shall I get to my port afterwards, without aship, without a horse, without PECUNE?" so he called money, beinghis broken Latin, of which he had abundance to make us merry with.In short, he told us there was a great caravan of Muscovite andPolish merchants in the city, preparing to set out on their journeyby land to Muscovy, within four or five weeks; and he was sure wewould take the opportunity to go with them, and leave him behind,to go back alone.
票官I come back now to the first part of his objections. When we cameto the Englishmen, I sent for them all together, and after someaccount given them of what I had done for them, viz. what necessarythings I had provided for them, and how they were distributed,which they were very sensible of, and very thankful for, I began totalk to them of the scandalous life they led, and gave them a fullaccount of the notice the clergyman had taken of it; and arguinghow unchristian and irreligious a life it was, I first asked themif they were married men or bachelors? They soon explained theircondition to me, and showed that two of them were widowers, and theother three were single men, or bachelors. I asked them with whatconscience they could take these women, and call them their wives,and have so many children by them, and not be lawfully married tothem? They all gave me the answer I expected, viz. that there wasnobody to marry them; that they agreed before the governor to keepthem as their wives, and to maintain them and own them as theirwives; and they thought, as things stood with them, they were aslegally married as if they had been married by a parson and withall the formalities in the world.106老版彩票官网下载网下
版彩I told them that no doubt they were married in the sight of God,and were bound in conscience to keep them as their wives; but thatthe laws of men being otherwise, they might desert the poor womenand children hereafter; and that their wives, being poor desolatewomen, friendless and moneyless, would have no way to helpthemselves. I therefore told them that unless I was assured oftheir honest intent, I could do nothing for them, but would takecare that what I did should be for the women and children withoutthem; and that, unless they would give me some assurances that theywould marry the women, I could not think it was convenient theyshould continue together as man and wife; for that it was bothscandalous to men and offensive to God, who they could not thinkwould bless them if they went on thus.票官106老版彩票官网下载网下All this went on as I expected; and they told me, especially WillAtkins, who now seemed to speak for the rest, that they loved theirwives as well as if they had been born in their own native country,and would not leave them on any account whatever; and they didverily believe that their wives were as virtuous and as modest, anddid, to the utmost of their skill, as much for them and for theirchildren, as any woman could possibly do: and they would not partwith them on any account. Will Atkins, for his own particular,added that if any man would take him away, and offer to carry himhome to England, and make him captain of the best man-of-war in thenavy, he would not go with him if he might not carry his wife andchildren with him; and if there was a clergyman in the ship, hewould be married to her now with all his heart.版彩票官This was just as I would have it. The priest was not with me atthat moment, but he was not far off; so to try him further, I toldhim I had a clergyman with me, and, if he was sincere, I would havehim married next morning, and bade him consider of it, and talkwith the rest. He said, as for himself, he need not consider of itat all, for he was very ready to do it, and was glad I had aminister with me, and he believed they would be all willing also.I then told him that my friend, the minister, was a Frenchman, andcould not speak English, but I would act the clerk between them.He never so much as asked me whether he was a Papist or Protestant,which was, indeed, what I was afraid of. We then parted, and Iwent back to my clergyman, and Will Atkins went in to talk with hiscompanions. I desired the French gentleman not to say anything tothem till the business was thoroughly ripe; and I told him whatanswer the men had given me.
网下版彩Before I went from their quarter they all came to me and told methey had been considering what I had said; that they were glad tohear I had a clergyman in my company, and they were very willing togive me the satisfaction I desired, and to be formally married assoon as I pleased; for they were far from desiring to part withtheir wives, and that they meant nothing but what was very honestwhen they chose them. So I appointed them to meet me the nextmorning; and, in the meantime, they should let their wives know themeaning of the marriage law; and that it was not only to preventany scandal, but also to oblige them that they should not forsakethem, whatever might happen.票官详情