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in which new opinions are listened to with most avidity. What M. La Loubere says, fftm his ex-perience of the Siamese, is still more applicable to the races whose history I am writing. " The Orientals," * says he, " have no prejudice for any religion, and it must be confessed, that if the beauty of Christianity has not convinced them, it is principally by reason of the bad opinion which the avarice, treachery, invasions, and tyranny of the Portuguese and some other Christians in the Indies, have implanted and rivetted in them." t
* This observation is much too general, and ought not to be extended to the west of the Bcrhampootr. f Du Royaume de Siam, Tom. I.
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