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executed. Indeed, the temple, it may be said, has little to recommend it to notice, but its enormous bulk. The marble slab alone is perhaps an exception: it is well polished, and, where there is no writing, richly carved: its height above the ground is eight feet five inches ; its breadth, five feet seven inches and a half; and it is rather more than eleven inches in thickness. Considering the expense lavished by the Burmans on royal and religious edifices, foe abundance of fine white marble which the country affords, and that white is a favourite colour, it seems extraordinary that this material should not be in more general use. No edifice, as far as I had hitherto observed, was constructed of it, either in whole or part ; no floors or terraces were formed of it ; and with the exception of the statues of Gautama, a few small coarse pillars, and now and then a slab with an inscription, it was nowhere to be seen in a -Wurman building. The temple, as I have said, is close to the banks of a small Picturesque lake about two miles long, and half as broad. A little to the north-west of this, is a much more considerable sheet of water, which is reckoned be twelve miles in length, by two in breadth. This last is called R-myak-gyi, or the "lake abounding with grass." Both of them afford fisheries of some value.
In going out this morning we met a number of carts, each drawn by four bullocks, and carrying a load of salt of 300 viss (1095lbs.) each: they had come from the distance of Ti-tug, which lies about twenty miles to the north of Sagaing, and in the neighbourhood of which is produced a large quantity of the salt consumed at the capital. This is obtained by lixiviating and boil-ing the earth, which is strongly impregnated with salt at Ti-tug and many other situations in the neighbourhood.
The conferences were renewed at one o'clock. The Burman negotiators ^gan by producing a Burman draft of the Commercial Treaty, with a few Vertal alterations, leaving a blank for the second article, concerning the free exPortation of gold and silver. In reading the article respecting shipwrecks, the following conversation took place :a
aB. With reference to the subject of assistance being afforded in case of
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