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Of this De Seixas,* Joo de Barros, the old chronicler, says that he was supposed to have been a captive, but he was discovered to be the commander of a large body of men employed to subdue the mountain tribes : and he reports that the Siamese army in his day (the beginning of the sixteenth century) consisted of twenty thousand cavalry, two hundred and fi% thousand infantry, and ten thousand war elephants; and that this army was raised without depopulating the country in any respect.f
In the Portuguese records, one De Mello is mentioned as having rendered signal services to the Siamese. He was put to death by a Pegu nobleman, called "Xenim of the Tuft;" and it is said that the Nobleman, being himself convicted of treason and cAademned to death, exclaimed, on the way to the place of execution, while passing the dwelling which 1)6 Mello had occupied, " I deserve this death, ^cause I ordered Diogo de Mello to be killed, without reason, and on false information." J
The Portuguese have continued to nominate a cAasul at Bangkok. As they have no trade, the
Aome of the reports which Seixas made of the religious belief of the %Qrj*re bonzes of his time (1540) are curious. They taught that the six th WaS Con^nue Posent state for eight thousand years, of which -^ousand had passed ; that it had its origin in a deluge, and would be t7ed ^ 5 ^at the next phase of the world would be the produce ^hose eon^a*ning the masculine and the feminine principle, out of
the Procreation a new world would be born, freed from the miseries of ferti]j1".esen*' ' ocean would be converted into fresh and
.ZlnA streams, and the earth produce spontaneous harvests, and a ^rnor race- of human beings would be freed from all evils and anxieties. f^v.167. J Joo de Barros, v., 160.
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