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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
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
(') Procession of the GRAND SIGNIOR, at the Opening of the Bairam.
Fourteen ditto, more richly dressed, and mounted on superb horses.
12. The TEFTIRDAGH, or Financier of the Realm, on horseback, most magnificently caparisoned.
16. The great body of the Chiaoux, or Constables, with magnificent dresses, and plumes on their heads.
* 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
and studded with gems.