The Travels and Controversies of Friar Domingo Navarrete, 1618-1686 - Vol. 2

The Travels and Controversies of Friar Domingo Navarrete, 1618-1686 - Vol. 2

The Travels and Controversies of Friar Domingo Navarrete, 1618-1686 - Vol. 2

The Travels and Controversies of Friar Domingo Navarrete, 1618-1686 - Vol. 2

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During the forty days I travel'd, I never saw any more than three Women, either in Towns, upon the Road, or at the Inns. One as I went through a Village, another on the Road, and another at a distance from me near a Town. Among us it will seem incredible, among them it will seem too much that I saw three.

2. The Town, or as others call it, City, of Fo Ngan, is very renown'd in the Province of Fo Kien; it suffer'd much upon the coming in of the Tartars, twice they took it, and twice the Chineses beat them out, the third time the latter submitted. The Tartars capitulated to hurt no Man, drew up their Army, and then order'd all that bore Arms to appear; they did so, and 14000 of them were destroy'd. The first of them was a good Christian, and very Learned Man, who was a Commander. The Tartar had a good opinion of him, and he would have been prefer'd had he submitted at the first. A Soldier as he was going to make his appearance before the Tartars, had some business, and said to a Townsman 'I am busy at present, do you appear for me, and here is a Ryal (six Pence) for you to drink.' He did so and was put to death, the other escap'd; it was very fortunate for the one, and very unlucky in the other.

3. Liu Chung Zao [Liu Chung-tsao; d. 1649 ], the Chinese General, a Man of great Learning, and brave, finding himself in distress during the Siege resolv'd to poison himself and he invited some Friends to do' the same, among them the Christian I spoke of above, whose name was John Mieu. They all excus'd themselves, and he took the Poison alone, dy'd in his Chair of State, where the Tartars found him sitting, and leaning against a Table.

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