In The River Beside The Castle, There
Is An Image Of An Elephant In Stone, So Naturally Made, That An Elephant
One Day, Coming To The River To Drink, Ran Against It With All His
Force, And Broke Both His Teeth.
The forehead of this image is painted
red, and many simple Indians worship it.
About two coss from the castle
is a garden belonging to Khan-Khana, called the Loll baug, all the way
between being pleasantly shaded by rows of trees. The garden has many
fine walks, with a beautiful small tank shaded by trees; and at the
entrance is a fine lofty banqueting-house, likewise among trees.
I rested till the 12th under my tent, for the recovery of my health,
which God was pleased to grant. Two days after my arrival, news came
that Ravere and other neighbouring places had been sacked by 1500 Deccan
horse, so that we were thankful to God for our safe arrival, as the way
was not now passable for 1000 horse. I was here informed, by letters
from an Armenian, of a prodigious disaster sustained by the Portuguese
armada on the Malabar coast, consisting of fifty frigates or grabs, and
two gallies, which being dispersed by a storm, was suddenly assailed by
the Malabar pirates issuing from many creeks, who took many of their
fleet and burnt most of the rest. On the 12th I rode out to visit the
prince, and on the 13th I made him a present.
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