when we expressed our contempt of their decorations and paraphernalia, they seemed to feel the absurdity of them, and joined us heartily in the laugh which the appearance of them excited. Our Hew acquaintance now waved his hand towards the floor, and we walked with him to his own habitation, at a few paces distant, where some sweatmeats, and c. Were placed before us, some of which we tasted, but with no better relish than at the old chiefas.
We collected by signs from this mandarin and his officers, that he was the chief civil magistrate of the place, and that in his person were concentrated, the offices of municipal judge, collector of customs, and postmaster. After remaining here a few minutes, our demand for permission to proceed up the river Was renewed, and with the same ill success as before; the mandarin informed us, however, that he would prepare the despatch to be sent to Saigon immediately, and minuted down the number of men on board, armament, and c. which items were to be inserted in the document, with an assurance, that in two days the messenger would return. We now Expressed a wish to take leave, when we were informed that he intended to go on board with us, and bad sent orders to prepare a boat for that purpose ;
immediately embarked, and in a short time arrived on board.immediately embarked, and in a short time arrived on board.