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five to six hundred maboobs for a strict, and we fear, a long each. (A maboob is about seven quarantine. The terraces and shillings.)

windows fronting the street are A long succession of coffins, to be secured from the servants, purposely kept back for some and the halls prepared for a mode hours, were carried close after of receiving what is wanted with this queen's funeral, to profit by safety to the family. Should it the mass (much grander than · be necessary to change servants, usual) that was to be performed or to take in adılitional ones, it tor her. Fiom the richness of can be done only on condition most of these coffins, they ap- that they relinquish the clothes peared in the bright glare of the they have on ; go into a bath presun, a line of burnished gold, too pared for them in a skitfar or hall dazzling for the sight. The castle of the consular house; and subgates were for the first time mit to remain in one room a fortclosed to-day, allowing only a night to ascertain their not have partial adınittance. Four people ing the playue. Many jars, conwho were perfectly well in the taining several pounds each, are morning were taken ill there prepared with ingredients for fuyesterday afternoon; they were migating the apartments, twobrought out of the castle last thirds of which are bran, and the nisht at ten, and died at mid- rest equal parts of camphire, night. Two of them went raving myrrh and aloes. This perfume, mad, and they were all afflicted and small quantities of gunpowe with large swellings on different der, are burnt daily throughout parts of the body when they the houses. All animals and fowls died.

whatever are sent out of the The symptoms of the plagne at Christian houses, for fi'ar of the present are, that of the person infection being communicated by being seized with a sort of stupor, their hair or feithers. which imme liately increlses to The present moment is the madness, and violent swellings inost dangerous period of the disand excruciating pains in a few order for the Christians. When hours terminated in death.

once the houses are shut, their The Bashaw expresses great safety will depend greatly on the regret at the thought of the Chris. strictness of the quarantine they tians shuiting their houses so keep. No business is now transsoon, as the country is in so fa- actes but with a blaze of straw mished a state ; for, he says, that kept burning betwe'n tie person will declare it in a state of infec- admitted into the house and the tiin, and prevent the arrival of one he is speaking to. A friend grain. The Christians' houses is adınitteil only into a matted will, however, all be closed in apartment, where he retires to about a week, each one hiring a the further end of the room to it set of servants to remain with straw seat, which is not touched them i:np isoneil till the plague after his departure till it is fumiis over. Halls, windows and ter- gated. The keys of all the ways races are undergoing a scrutiny into the house are kept by the



master of the fainily only. If gan before he sailed from the any of the Christian gentlemen harbour of Tripoli, have contiare obliged to go out on bu- nued to the present moment, and siness during this interval, be- are still augmenting from infore the houses are closed, a' creasing deaths. At this awful guard walks before and one be- period, the care of Lilla Amnani, hind, to prevent any person ap

his wife, and his favourite eldest proaching too near; and, un re- daughter', devolves on his brother iurning, the guards are put into Hadyi Mahmute, who is dying in quarantine for some days. Vith- torments unheard of, from the out these precautions, it would singular instance of the plague be impossible to escape this dread- having at first seized him in his ful disorder, the


of which mouth, producing violent tuincieases every hour.

mours, by which he is now stary

ing: he is at times so raring that May 28, 1785.

many people are required to seIt is impossible to give you a cure him. Though none of his just description of this place at family were ill when his brother present; the general horror that sailed for Europe, his wife and

cannot be described. children (one already buried), Halgi Abderrahman sailed froin with many more relations of Ab. the harbour of Tripoli on the derrahman's family, are dying 20th of this month, as ambas- very fast. Lilla Amnani, Abder. sador to Sweden and England. rahman's daughter, and his niece, From the state Tripoli is in, sink- are all the ladies that remain of ing under plague and famine, the his family. Of his slaves and atdeparture of the ambassador from tendants only an old black eunuch his handsome Greek, Amnani, and lives, who is confined with the her children was dreadful. He plague for the third time. In the made up his mind to see but few short space that has elapsed since of them again, anıl with reason : the amia:sador left Tripoli, only the dire infection had entered his eight days, nearly one hundred walls, nor was it to be imagined, persons have died belonging to that even his own suite could em- him; and consequently, it is bark untainte:l with the same. thonght, no: one will remain of If he is so fortunate as not to fall his family to give him an account a victim to the gue before hie · of these sad time3. re:ches Malta, he will perform The plague now depopulating there a hervy quarantine of ninety this place is said to be more sedays it least. They perceived be- vere than has been know at fore they quitted the harbour, one , Constantinople for centuries past, of his people, a Jew broker, se- and is proved by calculation to verely ati acked with the plague; destroy twice the number of peoand they put him on store before ple in proportion to those who they sailesi.

Abderrahman is so died of the same disorder lately much beloved, that the people in at Tunis, when five hundred a general participate in his suffer- day were carried out of that city. ings, and the screams for the To-day upwards of two hundred calamity of his family, which be- have passed the town gate. The city of Tripoli contains 14,000 returns the key to his master, inhabitants, and the city of Tunis who has been present during the 30,000.

whole of these proceedings, lest Our house, the last of the any part of them should be nega Christian houses that remained leeted, as on the observance of in part open, on the 14th of this them it may safely be said the life month commenced a complete of every individual in the house quarantine. The hall on enter- depends. ing the house is parted into three Light people in the last seven divisions, and the door learling days, who were employed as proto the street is never unlocked viders for the house, have taken but in the presence of the master the plague and died. He who of the house, who keeps the key was too ill to return with what in his own possession. It is he had brought, consigned the opened but once in the day, when articles to his next neighbour, he

gocs himself as far as the first who faithfully finishing his comhall, and sends a servant to uin- mission, as has always been done, lock and unbolt the door. The of course succreded his unfortuservant returns, and the person nate friend in the same employin the street waits till he is de- ment, if he wished it, or recomsired to enter with the provisions mended another : it has happened he has been commissioned to buy. that Moors, quite above such emHe finds really placed for him a ployment, have with an earnest vessel with vinegar and water to charity delivered the provisions to receive the meat, and another the Christians who had sent for with water for the vegetables them. The Moors perform acts

Among the very few articles of kindness at present, which if which may be brought in with- attended by such dreadful cirout this precaution is cold bread, cumstances, would be very rarely salt in bars, straw ropes, straw met with in most parts of Chrisbaskets, oil poured out of the jar tendom. An instance very lately to prevent contagion from the occurred of their philanthropy. henip with which it is covered, A Christian lay an object of misugar without paperor box. When sery, neglected and forsaken this person has brought in all the self-preservation having taught articles he has, he leaves by them every friend to fly froin her pestithe account, and the change out jential led, even her mother! of the money given him, anı! re- But she found in the barbarian a tiring shuts the door. Straw pre- paternal band : passing by he viously placed in the ha'l is lighted heard her moans, and conclu led at a considerable distance, by she was the last of her family ; means of a lighi at the end of a and finding that not the case, he stick, and no person suffered to beheld her with sentiments of enter the hall till it is thought compassion mixed with horror. sufficiently purified by fire; after He sought for assistance, and till which a servant with a long stick the plague had completed its rapicks up the account and smokes vages and put an end to her suf. it thorouglily over the straw still ferings he did not lose sight of burning, and locking the door her, distajaing ber Christian friends, who left her to his bene- wringing their hands and followvolent care.

friends, thirteen

ing their families. Though a The expense and the danger of great deal of their grief here by burying the dead has become so custom is expressed by action, great, and the boards to make the yet it is dreadful when it procoffins so very scarce, that the ceeds so truly from the heart as body is brought out of the house it does now, while all those we by friends to the door, and the see are friends of the departeil. first man they can prevailon, car- No strangers are called in to add ries it over his shoulder, or in his force to the funeral cries: the arms to the grave, endeavouring father who lears his son to-day, to keep pace with the long range carried his daughter yesterday, of coffins that go to the burying- and his wife the day before: the ground at noon, to take the ad- rest of his family are at home vantage of the great mass. To- languishing with the plague, day the dead amounted to two while his own mother, spared hundred and ninety.

for the cruel satisfaction of folJuly 1, 1785.

lowing lier offspring, still conti

nues with her son her wretched The cries of the people for the daily walk. loss of their friends are still as

July 20, 1785. frequent as ever; not a quarter of an hour passing without the owing to the increased ravages of

In the beginning of this month, lamentations of some new alħicted the plague, the events connected mourner. No more masses ai'e

with it assumed a more horrid said in town at present for the character, and instead of shining deixd); but the coffins are collected coffins, Imans and friends, to together and pass through the make up the sad procession, five town-gate exactly at noon, when

or six corpses were bound tothe great mass is performed over all at once, at a mosque out of gether, all of them fistened on the town, in the way to the bury- the grave! Collogees (soldiers)

one animal, anél hurried away to ing ground. The horrors of the melancholy procession increase

were appointed to go through the

town, and clear it of objects who Haily. A Moor of consequence has died in the streets and were passed to-day, who has not missed

lying about.

A female in the this melancholy walk for the fifteen days, in accompanying re

agonies of death they would have

seized upon, while the spark of gularly some relic of his family : he is himself considered in the the frighted victim with great

life was still lingering, had not last stage of the plague, yet sup- exertion extendleil a feeble arm, ported by his blacks. he limpeil and resisted the disturbers of her before his wife and eldest son,

last moments, imploring the palhimself the last of his race.

tience of the colloyees till they Woven, whose persons have

came their next round. hitherto been veiled, are wandering about complete images of de

Sept. 10, 1786. spair, with their hair loose and Since our long quarantine, their baracans open, crying and having been close prisoners for thirteen months, froin the begin- children were wandering alout ning of June 1785 to the end of deserted, without a friend beJuly 1786), we have availed our- longing to them. The town was selves of every opportunity to en- alniost entirely depopulated, and joy our liberty; though it was at rarely two people walked togefirst, with great caution, that we ther. Olie solitary being paced ventured to alight at any of the slowly through the streets, his Moorish gardens, or to enter il mind unoccupied by business, and Moorish house, particularly out lost in painful reflections: if he of town.

lifted his eyes it was with mourn)In the country, the villages are ful surprize to gaze on the empty empty, and those houses shiut that habitations around him: whole have not been opened since the streets he passed without a living plague, and where whole families creature in them; for beside the lay interred. The Moors carried desolation of the plague, before it a great number of their dear to broke out in this city, many of the sea-shore and laid them in one the inhabitant:, with the greatest heap, which seriously affected the inconvenience, left their houses town, till the Christians suggest- and fled to Tunis (where the ed the idea of covering them with plague then raged), to avoid lime, which fortunately the Moors starving in the dreadful famine have adopted, but only from find that preceded it here. ing themselves dangerously an- Amongst those left in this town noyed, as they consider this ex- sone have been spared to acknowpedient a sort of impiety, for ledge the compassion and attenwhich they express great sorrow. tion shewn thein by the English

The abitations in the moun- consul. In the distresses of the tains of Guerriana, inaccessible famine, and in the horrors of the except to the inhabitants, remain plague, maliy a suffering wreich, entirely deserted. The entrances whose days have been spun out to the il wellings are so completely by his timely assistance, bas left covered up with sand as not to be his name on record at this place. discovered by strangers ; but they Persons sveld from perishing in are now repeopling, and the rem- the famine who have remaired nant of those who tleci thence are sole possessors of property before baste, ing back from Tunis, and divi:led among their friends (all the desarts around, to recover now swept off by the plague), possession of these strange l'e- come forward to thank him with trets.

wild expressions of joy, calling The city of Tripoli, after the him boni (father), and praying to pligue, (xhibite: an appearance Malomet to bless him. They say awfully striking. In some of the that besides giving them life he houses were found the last vic- bas preserved them to become tim; that had perished in them, little kings, and swear a faithful who having dieil alone, unpitied attachment to him, which, there and massisteil, lay in a state too is no doubt they will shew, in bid to be removed from the spot, their way, as long as he is in their and were obliged to be buried country" where ihey were; while in others,


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