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toms of Europeans were different from those of the Burmans ; that such a proposal as that which he made would be considered an affront, and must never again be hinted at. He went away disappointed, but. by no means feeling ashamed of the proposition he had made ; for the practice of bribery seems to be nearly universal among all ranks of the Burman officers, and no discredit whatever is attached to it, unless when the party is silly enough, or unlucky enough, to be detected.
JVov. 6.aThe sixth conference took place this morning. The amended draft of a Commercial Treaty, to all appearance agreed upon on both sides, was read. The following is a translation. Notwithstanding the prolixity and amplification with which some of its provisions are worded, I made no hesitation in assenting to it in its present form, imagining that this compliance would obviate some difficulties.
" Article 1.aPeace being made between the great country governed by the English Ruler, the India Company Baren, and the great country of tta-ta-n-p-ra, which rules over Thu-na-para, Tampa-di-pa, and many other great countries ; when merchants, with an English certified pass, from the country of the English Ruler, and merchants from the kingdom of Burma, Pass from one country to the other, selling and buying merchandise, the sentinels at the passes and entrances, the established gate-keepers of the countyA shall make inquiry as usual, but without demanding any money ; and aU merchants coming truly for the purpose of trade, with merchandise, shall be suffered to pass without hinderance or molestation. The Governments Af both countries also shall permit ships with cargoes to enter ports, and ^rry on trade, giving them the utmost protection and security.
" Art. 2.aThe transportation of gold and silver from one country to the Ather shall not be prohibited, nor shall duties be taken on those articles. In regard to this subject, when goods are imported from one country to another, they are to be sold for gold and silver, or exchanged for other goods. The exportation of gold and silver from the Burman kingdom has indeed ^n hitherto prohibited ; but in consideration of the friendship subsisting
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