By Degrees, However, Their Apprehensions Subsided, And When The
Blacksmith Assured Them That I Was Perfectly Inoffensive, And Would
Nobody, some of them ventured so far as to examine the texture
of my clothes; but many of them were
Still very suspicious; and when
by accident I happened to move myself, or look at the young
children, their mothers would scamper off with them with the
greatest precipitations. In a few hours, however, they all because
reconciled to me.
With these worthy people I spent the remainder of that and the whole
of the ensuing day, in feasting and merriment; and the blacksmith
declared he would not quit me during my stay at Kooniakary - for
which place we set out early on the morning of the 14th of January,
and arrived about the middle of the day at Soolo, a small village
three miles to the south of it.
As this place was somewhat out of the direct road, it is necessary
to observe that I went thither to visit a slatee or Gambia trader,
of great note and reputation, named Salim Daucari. He was well
known to Dr. Laidley, who had trusted him with effects to the value
of five slaves, and had given me an order for the whole of the debt.
We luckily found him at home, and he received me with great kindness
It is remarkable, however, that the king of Kasson was by some means
immediately apprised of my motions; for I had been at Soolo but a
few hours before Sambo Sego, his second son, came thither with a
party of horse, to inquire what had prevented me from proceeding to
Kooniakary, and waiting immediately upon the king, who, he said, was
impatient to see me.
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