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floor of which was a silver carpet, and in its centre an enormous cabinet of ebony and mother-of-pearl, containing the sacred books of the Buddhists. It was opened ; but the sun was so oppressively hot, and we were so exhausted by the labours of the day, that the succession of extraordinary objects, in the various temples to which our attention was called, palled upon our senses, and we were obliged to discontinue our researches, reserving only a visit to the great Buddhist image at another temple, which we were to reach by our boats. But, by some misunderstanding, we missed the chairs which were to convey us to our boats, and had to walk a long distance from the palace and through the neighbouring streets to the side of the river.
The Great Buddha is about one hundred and forty feet in length. I imagine he must be built of brick, covered with chunam, and then with a thick leaf of gold. He lies in the ordinary state of repose, reclining on his left hand upon richly-decorated pillows. The soles of the feet are made of ebony, covered with mother-of-pearl symbols resembling those which are found in the various impressions which are deemed sacred, such as that on Adam's Peak in Ceylon, and frequently in the temples of the god. King sent to-day a supply of durians and mang^ steens.
April 17.aA message from the King, to ask whether I should like to see a Siamese play. I answered, 44Yes!" and was told I might bring some the officers with me; but I urged the immediate signing of the treaty, to enable the steamer to departApril 17.a A message from the King, to ask whether I should like to see a Siamese play. I answered, 44Yes!" and was told I might bring some the officers with me; but I urged the immediate signing of the treaty, to enable the steamer to depart