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the ceremonials of the procession of to-morrow. I expressed great anger at being thus trifled with; altered altogether my tone ; said I should not remove the steamer if matters continued in so unsatisfactory a state, and that my position would be altogether changed ; that, of course, I could not attend to-morrow's ceremonials. All this may be a device on the part of the hostile officials to try me, and may not ultimately thwart my purposes. It teaches me, however (if teaching were necessary), that not one step must be taken in confidence, but all in distrust. If the Kalahom's game have been treacherous, then, indeed, he is a very master in the art of dissimulation and dishonesty. I am disposed to think there are real difficulties, and I can only take the position of firmness and decision. I waited till nearly one a.m. for the return of P. and B., whom I sent off to the Phra Kalahom at nine o'clock, and was delighted to find that they had made progressathat the articles of the treaty, subject to my revision, were arranged, except the commercial article, and that the tone taken was likely to assist the more speedy settlement of the whole affair.
April 12.aI had the greatest satisfaction this morning in giving instructions to Captain Mellersh to drop down in the steamer, and to request preparations might be made for our official appearance at the grand ceremonies of to-day, when we are to be present at the visit of the King to one of the principal wats, or temples.
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