liquors, and in a few moments had dispatched the cordial; he then opened the bottle of rum, and on our refusal to partake with him, he applied it to his own lips, and we were struck with admiration to see,
4 How long, how deep, how zealously, c The precious juice he quaffada-
not, however, untinctured with a degree of apprehension of fatal effects from his debauch.
Perceiving that the mandarin would shortly be unfit to transact business, I hastened to communicate my wishes of being supplied with a pilot, and immediately ascending the river; which he seemed to understand, and shaking his head, drew his hand across his own throat, and then across mine, as if to intimate, that we should both lose our heads, if that request were complied with. I then signified to him, that I would go up in my boat; on this his signs were repeated. I then demanded leave, but with no better success, to proceed to the city in one of their boats. Perceiving my embarrassment at being thus foiled, and in answer to my inquiring looks, he gave me to understand, that he would transmit to Saigon, an account of a strange vessel being in the river, and demand permission for her to come up to the city, and that an answer would be returned in two days. He then gave some orders to an officer in attendance, who immediately retired, and, a6 I understood, for the purpose of dispatching a messenger to Saigon with his communication.