conversation with the king-a funeral. 273
In the course of conversation, the King spoke of the Catholic Bishop as his very particular friend. I asked him who spoke Siamese best, of the foreigners here. He said that Captain Joseph spoke very well, and so did some of the American missionaries. The King asked me if there were any medical men in the ships. I said there were, and that their services would be at his Majesty's disposal. He said the names of the apartments of his palace were taken from the Sanscrit, and that he would show me the Buddha of which he had sent me the picture. He said he would see me whenever I wished ; and I answered that I was always at his Majesty's orders, and should be delighted to see him as often as was convenient. The interview with the King lasted a little more than two hours.
I received a letter from the Second King, sent before dinner, with a profuse supply of fruit, and answered the King that I hoped to see him immediately after my audience with the First King, or before, if privately.
April 5._A funeral procession passed up the river
this morning. It consisted of a number of boats, whose masts were ornamented with tufts of yellow flowers; and the music of the tom-tom and of wind instruments accompanied their progress. Two larger boats, of the more ornamented sort, closed the march.
the last, and by far the largest, was the corpse, on its way to the burning. There must have been from fifty to sixty rowers : about the centre was an elevated as usual.
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