The Meantime He Appointed Me To Lodge With A Merchant Who Understood
Turkish, Who Was My Trucheman, Or Interpreter, Being The Captain Of
That Ship Which Was Taken By Sir Edward Michelburn.
In consequence of the great rains and heavy floods it was twenty days
before the messenger returned from Cambaya;
In which interval many of
the merchants entertained me in a very friendly manner, when the weather
was such that I could get out of doors; for, during almost the whole
time of the messenger's absence, it rained almost continually. At the
end of twenty days, the messenger came back from Cambaya with the
answer of Mucrob Khan, giving licence to land my goods, and to buy and
sell for the present voyage; but that he could not grant leave to
establish a factory, or for the settlement of future trade, without the
commands of his king, which he thought might be procured, if I would
take a two months journey to deliver my king's letter to his sovereign.
He likewise sent orders to the customer, that all the goods I might land
were to be kept in the custom-house till the arrival of his brother
Sheck Abder Rachim, who was to make all convenient dispatch, on
purpose to chuse such goods as were fit for the king's use. It may be
noticed, however, that this pretence of taking some part of the goods of
all men for the king, is merely for their own private gain.
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