Travels In Syria And The Holy Land By John Lewis Burckhardt


























































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two years fighting, during which time a considerable part of the town
was laid in ruins, the Pasha - Page 840
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After Nearly Two Years Fighting, During Which Time A Considerable Part Of The Town Was Laid In Ruins, The Pasha With The Sherifs Were On The Point Of Succeeding, And Compelling The Janissaries To Surrender.

The chiefs of the Janissaries had applied to the European Consuls for their mediation between them and the Pasha,

The conditions of their surrender were already drawn up, and in a few days more their power in Aleppo would probably have been for ever annihilated by a treacherous infraction of the capitulation, when, by a fortunate mistake, a Tartar, sent from Constantinople to Mohammed, entered the town, instead of taking his packet to Sheikh Abou Beker; the Janissaries opened the dispatches, and found them to contain a Firmahn, by which Mohammed Pasha was recalled from his Pashalik of Aleppo. This put an end to the war; Mohammed dismissed the greater part of his troops and retired: the Janissaries came to a compromise with the Sherifs in the castle, and have since that time been absolute masters of the city.

I cannot omit mentioning that during the whole of the civil war, the persons and property of the Franks were rigidly respected. It sometimes happened that parties of Sherifs and Janissaries skirmishing in the Bazars, left off firing by common consent, when a Frank was seen passing, and that the firing from the Minarets ceased, when Franks passed over their flat roofs from one house to another. The Janissaries have this virtue in the eyes of the Franks, that they are not in the smallest degree fanatical; the character of a Sherif is quite the contrary, and whenever religious disputes happen, they are always excited and supported by some greenhead.

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