虎扑Having resolved upon this, we agreed that if our Portuguese pilotwould go with us, we would bear his charges to Moscow, or toEngland, if he pleased; nor, indeed, were we to be esteemed over-generous in that either, if we had not rewarded him further, theservice he had done us being really worth more than that; for hehad not only been a pilot to us at sea, but he had been like abroker for us on shore; and his procuring for us a Japan merchantwas some hundreds of pounds in our pockets. So, being willing togratify him, which was but doing him justice, and very willing alsoto have him with us besides, for he was a most necessary man on alloccasions, we agreed to give him a quantity of coined gold, which,as I computed it, was worth one hundred and seventy-five poundssterling, between us, and to bear all his charges, both for himselfand horse, except only a horse to carry his goods. Having settledthis between ourselves, we called him to let him know what we hadresolved. I told him he had complained of our being willing to lethim go back alone, and I was now about to tell him we designed heshould not go back at all. That as we had resolved to go to Europewith the caravan, we were very willing he should go with us; andthat we called him to know his mind. He shook his head and said itwas a long journey, and that he had no PECUNE to carry him thither,or to subsist himself when he came there. We told him we believedit was so, and therefore we had resolved to do something for himthat should let him see how sensible we were of the service he haddone us, and also how agreeable he was to us: and then I told himwhat we had resolved to give him here, which he might lay out as wewould do our own; and that as for his charges, if he would go withus we would set him safe on shore (life and casualties excepted),either in Muscovy or England, as he would choose, at our owncharge, except only the carriage of his goods. He received theproposal like a man transported, and told us he would go with usover all the whole world; and so we all prepared for our journey.However, as it was with us, so it was with the other merchants:they had many things to do, and instead of being ready in fiveweeks, it was four months and some days before all things were gottogether.手机虎扑网手机
虎扑CHAPTER XIV - ATTACKED BY TARTARS手机手机虎扑网虎扑IT was the beginning of February, new style, when we set out fromPekin. My partner and the old pilot had gone express back to theport where we had first put in, to dispose of some goods which wehad left there; and I, with a Chinese merchant whom I had someknowledge of at Nankin, and who came to Pekin on his own affairs,went to Nankin, where I bought ninety pieces of fine damasks, withabout two hundred pieces of other very fine silk of several sorts,some mixed with gold, and had all these brought to Pekin against mypartners return. Besides this, we bought a large quantity of rawsilk, and some other goods, our cargo amounting, in these goodsonly, to about three thousand five hundred pounds sterling; which,together with tea and some fine calicoes, and three camels loadsof nutmegs and cloves, loaded in all eighteen camels for our share,besides those we rode upon; these, with two or three spare horses,and two horses loaded with provisions, made together twenty-sixcamels and horses in our retinue.手机虎扑The company was very great, and, as near as I can remember, madebetween three and four hundred horses, and upwards of one hundredand twenty men, very well armed and provided for all events; for asthe Eastern caravans are subject to be attacked by the Arabs, soare these by the Tartars. The company consisted of people ofseveral nations, but there were above sixty of them merchants orinhabitants of Moscow, though of them some were Livonians; and toour particular satisfaction, five of them were Scots, who appearedalso to be men of great experience in business, and of very goodsubstance.
手机虎扑When we had travelled one days journey, the guides, who were fivein number, called all the passengers, except the servants, to agreat council, as they called it. At this council every onedeposited a certain quantity of money to a common stock, for thenecessary expense of buying forage on the way, where it was nototherwise to be had, and for satisfying the guides, getting horses,and the like. Here, too, they constituted the journey, as theycall it, viz. they named captains and officers to draw us all up,and give the word of command, in case of an attack, and give everyone their turn of command; nor was this forming us into order anymore than what we afterwards found needful on the way.手机详情