sir john bo wring's journal.
rude boat and one or more pariah dogs. As we approached Bangkok, floating houses became more and more numerous. They are raised on piles of bamboos and moored to the shores: they are the shops and bazaars as well as the dwellings of the inhabitants. In front of some of the superior edifices we observed a great number of ladies waiting to see the procession, among whom the wives of the Phra Klang were pointed out to us. Many of the priests (talapoins) sat upon the rafts and wharves before their temples. We had remarked one solitary tala-poin steering a miserable boat.
At Praklan we were struck by the enormous and formidable chains and wood-work which had been made to protect the river, and which at one time, we were informed, might be used to stop our progress : but, instead of an impediment, we found a major-general, wearing gold and silver flowers on the side of his round hat, he being clad in a jacket of purple silk with gold ornaments, and telling us he spoke Portuguese, and was descended from Portuguese ancestry, but he had never left Siam. He says there are a thousand Portuguese settled in the country* Roasted pigs, ducks, and a great variety of meats and sweetmeats, fruits in profusionafine mangoes, plantains, oranges, licliisadried dates from China, with tea and other appliances, arrested us on our way, and we had all the embarrassments of superfluous table luxuries around us. After being detained about half an hour, we proceeded up the river in great glee-
We arrived at about six o'clock. The fire-flies were visible in sparkling multitudes. The almostWe arrived at about six o'clock. The fire-flies were visible in sparkling multitudes. The almost