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to pass.

too much space in the text, it may be deemed unobtrusive, perhaps interesting, as a note.

Our ambassador invited us, on the preceding evening, to be at the British palace before sun-rise; as the procession was to take place the moment the sun appeared. We were punctual in our attendance; and being conveyed, with the ladies of the ambassador's family, and many persons attached to the embassy, in the small boats which ply at Tophana, landed in Constantinople; and were all stationed within the stall of a blacksmith's shop, which looked into one of the dirty narrow streets near the Hippodrome, through which the procession was

It was amusing to see the Representative of the King of Great Britain, with his family and friends, squatted upon little stools, among horse-shoes, anvils, old iron, and horsedung. Upon his first arrival, some cats, taking alarm, brought down a considerable portion of the tiling from the roof; and this, as it embarrassed his party, excited the laughter of the Turks in the neighbourhood, who seemed much amused with the humiliating figure presented by the groupe of Infidels in the smithy.

We had not been long in this situation, before the Janissaries, with their large felt caps and white staves, ranged themselves on each side of the street leading to the mosque; forming an extensive line of sallow-looking objects, as novel to an Englishman's eye as any in the Turkish empire.

About a quarter of an hour before the procession began, the Imâm, or High-Priest, passed, with his attendants, to the mosque, to receive the Sultan. They were in four

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covered waggons, followed by twenty priests on horseback. The procession then began, and continued, according to the order given below'. Afterwards, it returned in the same manner, although not with the same degree of regularity.

When the ceremony concluded, the Grand Signior, , accompanied by the principal officers of State, went to

exhibit

(') Procession of the GRAND SIGNIOR, at the Opening of the Bairam.

1.
A Bostanghy *, on foot, bearing a wand.

9.
Four BALTAGHIES, or Cooks of the Seraglio.

3.
Fifteen Zaïm, or Messengers of State.

4.
Thirteen of the Chiaoux, or Constables, with embroidered turbans.

5.
A party of Servants of the Seraglio.

6.
Thirty CAPIGHY BASHJES, or Porters of the Seraglio, in high white caps, and robes of flowered satin ;
Aanked by Baltaghies, or Cooks, on each side, who were on horseback, with wands.

7.
Baltaghies, on foot, with caps of a conical form, and white wands.

8.

Fourteen ditto, more richly dressed, and mounted on superb horses.

9.
Other Baltaghies, on foot.

10.
Ten of the High Constables, on horseback.

11.
Forty Servants, on foot.

12. The TEFTIRDAGH, or Financier of the Realm, on horseback, most magnificently caparisoned.

13.
Forty Servants, on foot.

14.
The REIS EFFENDY, or Prime Minister, in a rich green pelisse,
on a magnificent charger with most sumptuous housings, &c.

15.
Twenty Servants.

16. The great body of the Chiaoux, or Constables, with magnificent dresses, and plumes on their heads.

17.
The Colonel of the JANISSARIES, with a helmet covered by enormous plumes.

18.
A party of Fifty Constables of the Army, in full uniform, with embroidered turbans.

19.
Ten beautiful Arabian Led Horses, covered with the most costly trappings.

20. The

* The Bostanghies were originally gardeners of the Seraglio, but are now the Sultan's body.guard. Their number amounts to several thousands.

exhibit himself in a kiosk, or tent, near the Seraglio Point, sitting on a sofa of silver. We were enabled to view this singular instance of parade, from a boat stationed near the place; and, after the Sultan retired, were permitted to examine the splendid pageant brought out for the occasion. It was a very large wooden couch, covered with thick

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20.
The CAPUDAN PACHA, on one of the finest horses covered with jewelled housings,
in a rich green pelisse lined with dark fur, and a white turban,

21.
Bostanghies, on foot, with white wands.

22.
Ten Porters belonging to the Grand Vizier.

23.
The KAIMAKAN, on horseback, as Representative of the Grand Vizier,
in a rich crimson pelisse lined with dark fur, and accompanie by the appendages of office,

24.
Twenty Servants, on foot, bearing different articles.

25.
Twenty of the Grooms of State, on horseback, followed by slaves.

26.
The Master of the HORSE, in embroidered satin robes.

27.
Servants on foot.

28.
The Deputy Master of the Horse, in robes of embroidered satin.

29.
Servants on foot.

30.
Inferior Chamberlains of the Seraglio, on horseback.

31.
Bostanghies, with white wands, on foot.

32.
The Sumpter-Horses of the Sultan, laden with the antient Armour taken from the Church of St. Irene
in the Seraglio; among which were antient Grecian bucklers, and shields, magnificently embossed,

and studded with gems.

33.
Forty Bostavghies, bearing two turbans of State, flanked, on each side, by Porters.

34.
An Oificer, with a bottle of water.

35.
Fifteen Bostanghies, in burnished helmets, bearing two stools of State, flanked on each side by Porters.

36.
The GRAND CHAMBERLAIN, most sumptuously mounted.

37.
Bostangbies, in burnished helmets covered by very high plumes.

38.
Lofty waving Plumes, supported hy Chamberlains on foot.

39.
THE GRAND SIGNIOR, on a beautiful managed Arabian horse covered with jewels
and embroidery, in a scarlet pelisse lined with dark fur, and a white turban ;
flanked, on each side, by tall Plumes, supported by Chamberlains.

40. Lofty

Mumes.

Plumes.

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