sir john bo wring's journal.
asked about the Second King, and find the same ceremonials have to be gone through, but on another day. The messengers told me that the King would confide the treaty to his ministers, the principal being the Somdetch, uncle of the Phra Kalahom. I said it would be inconvenient to discuss a treaty with many, and that it had better be confided to one, who might consult the others on any points of difficulty. They replied that the Phra Kalahom would be really the person to manage these matters, though the King intended to nominate a council of five.
April 4.aThis morning enjoyed a bath at six o'clock. Before breakfast, Sarruphet Phaedy brought a letter from the King, saying that, having considered the matter of the salute, he thought it best to issue a proclamation, which he sends me, and to allow it to take place and to be answered from the fortifications, which I am glad of on every account. He also suggested a private interview previous to the public reception, so it is arranged I shall go this eveningA This interview Sarruphet desired might be kept secret; but, soon after, Mr. Joseph came and talked publicly about it. It is settled for half-past seven p.m. More presents of flowers and fruits from the Phra Klang.
I am located in the building called the English Factory; but the building has been reconstructed, and
put in good order for my reception. I occupy two apartments aboveaa sitting-room, large and airy, and a bed-room, which has been newly papered, in which I sleep in a bed which is ornamented with drapery of doth of scarlet and gold, and from which garlands ofput in good order for my reception. I occupy two apartments abovea a sitting-room, large and airy, and a bed-room, which has been newly papered, in which I sleep in a bed which is ornamented with drapery of doth of scarlet and gold, and from which garlands of