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he took out a net almost large enough for a fisherman", but contrived to open and mut like a purse, and served him for the lame use : we found therein several mafl'v pieces of yellow metal, which, if ihey be real gold, must be of immense value.
Having thus, in obedience to your majniy's commands, diligently searched all his pockets, we observed a girdle about his waist, made of the hide of some prodigious animal, from which on the left side hung a sword of the length of five men; and on the right a bag or pouch divided into two cells, each cell capable of holding three of your majesty's subjects. In one of these cell.* were leveral globes, or balls, of a most ponderous metal, about the bigness of our heads, and required a strong hand to lift them; the other cell contain a heap of certain black grains, but of no great bulk or weight, for we could hold above fifty of them in the palms of our hands.
This is an exact inventory of what we found about the body of the Manmountain, who used us with great civility, and due respect to your majesty's commission. Signed and sealed, on the fourth day of the eighty-ninth moon of your majesty's auspicious jeign.
Clefrin Frelock, Marst Fnlock.
When this inventory was read over to the emperor, he directed me, altho' in very gentle terms, to deliver up the several particulars. He first called for mv scymiter, which I took out, scabbard and all. In the mean time he ordered three thousand of his choicest troops (who then attended him) to surround me at a distance, with their bows and arrows just ready to discharge: but I did not observe it, for mine eyes were wholly fixed upon his majesty. He then desired me to draw my scymiter, which, although it had got some rust by the seawater, was in most parts exceeding bright. I did so, and immediately all the troops gave a shout between terror and surprise; for the sun shone clear, and the reflection dazzled their eyes, as I waved the scymiter to and fro in
my hand. His majesty, who is a most « xcccJ six inches.
magnanimous prince*, was less daunt-
* He who does not find himself disposed to honour this magnanimity should reflect, that aright to judge of moral and intellectual excellence is with great absurdity and injustice arrogated by him who admires, in a being six feet high, any qualities that he despises in one whole suture docs not
and silver snuffbox, my handkerchief and journal-book. My scymiter, pistols, and pouch, were conveyed in carriages to his majesty's stores; but the rest of my goods were returned me.
I had, as I before observed, one private pocket, which escaped their search, wherein there was a pair of spectacles (which I sometimes use for the weakness of mine eyes) a pocket perspective, and some other little conveniences; which being of no consequence to the emperor, I did not think myself bound in honour todiscover, and I apprehended they might be lost or spoiled, if I ventured them out os my possession.
The author diverts the emperor and his nubility of both sexes in a very uncommon manner. The diversions of the court of Li Hifut described. The author hath his liberty granted him upon certain conditions.
My gentleness and goodbehaviourhad gained so far on the emperor and his' court, and indeed upon the army, and people in general, that I began to conceive hopes of getting my liberty in a short time. 1 took all possible methods to cultivate this favourable disposition. The natives came by degrees to be less apprehensive of any danger from me. I would sometimes lie down, and let five or six of them dance on my hand: and at last the boys and girls would venture to come and play at hide and seek in my hair. I had now made a good progress in understanding and speaking their language. The emperor had a mind one day to entertain me with several of the country (hows, wherein they exceed all nations I have known both for dexterity and magnificence. 1 was diverted with none so much as that of the rope-dancers, performed upon a slender white thread, extended about two feet, and twelve inches from the ground. Upon which I ihall desire liberty, with the reader's patience, to enlarge a little.
diversion is only practised by ans, who are candidates for Inyrnents, and high savour at iev are trained in tSis art th, ani are not always of
noble birth, or liberal education. "*"&*e a great office is vacant either by death or disgrace (which often happens) five or six of those candidates petition the emperor to entertain his majesty and the court with a dance on the rope, and whoever jumps the highest without falling, .succeeds in the office. Very often the chief ministers themselves are commanded to shew their skill, and to convince the emperor, that they have not lost their faculty. Flimnap, the treasurer, is allowed to cut a caper on the strait rope at least an inch higher than, any other lord in the whole empire. I have seen him do the summerset several times together upon a trencher, fixed on a rope, which is no thicker than a common packthread in England. My friend Reldresal, principal secretary for private affairs, is, in my opinion, if I am not partial, the second after the treasurer; the rest of the great officers are much upon a par.
These diversions are often attended with fatal accidents, whereof great numbers are on record. I myself have seen two or three candidates break a limb. But the dagger is much greater, when the ministers themselves are commanded to Ihew their dexterity; for, by contending to excel themselves and their fellows, they strain so far, that there is hardly one of them, who hath not received a fall, and some of them two or three. I was assured, that a year or two before my arrival Flimnap would have infallibly broke his neck, if one of the king's cushions, that accidentally lay on the ground, had not weakened the force of his fall.
There is likewise another diversion, which is only shewn bf*rore the emperor and empress, and first minister, upon particular occasions. The emperor lays on the table three fine iilken threads of six inches long; one is blue, the other red, and the third green. These threads are proposed as prizes for those persons, whom the emperor hath a mind to distinguifli by a peculiar mark of his favour. The ceremony is performed in his majesty's great chamber of state, where the candidates are to undergo a trial of dexterity very different from the former, and such as I have not ob
3 G 4 served served the least resemblance of in any other country of the old or new world. The emperor holds a stick in his hands, both ends parallel to the horizon, while the candidates advancing, one by one, sometimes leap over the stick, some times creep under it backwards and forwards several times, according as the stick is advanced or depressed. Sometimes the emperor holds one end of the stick, and his first minister the other; sometimes the minister has it entirely to himself. Whoever performs his part with most agility, and holds out the longest in leaping and creeping, is rewarded with the blue-coloured silk ; the red is given to the next, and tin green to the third; which they all wear girt twice round about the midoie; and you fee few great persons about this court, who are not adorned with one of these girdles.
The horses of the army, and those os the royal stables, having been daily led before me, were no longer shy, but would come up to my verv feet without starting. The riders would leap them over my hand, as I held it on the gioand; and one of the emperor's huntsmen upon a large courser took rny scot, shoe and all; which was indeed a prodigious leap. I had the good fortune to divert the emperor one day after a very extraordinary manner. I desired he would order several sticks of two feet high, and the thickness of an ordinary cane, to be brought me ; whereupon his majelly commanded the master of his woods to give directions accordingly, and the next morning six woodmen arrived with as many carriages, drawn by eight horses to each. I took nine of these sticks, and fixing them firmly in the ground in a quadrangular figure, two seer and a half square, I took sour other sticks, and tied them parallel at each corner about two feet from the ground; then I fastened my handkerchief to the nine sticks that stood erect ; and extended it on all sides, fill it was tight as the top of a drum; and the four parallel sticks, riling about five inches higher than the handkerchief, served as ledges on Cach side. When I had finiflied my work, I desired
horse, twenty-sour in number, come and exercise upon this plain. His majesty approved of the proposal, and I took them up one by one in my hands, ready mounted and armed, with the proper officers to exercise them. As soon as they got into order, they divided into two parties, performed mock fleirmisties, discharged biunt arrows, drew their swords, fled and pursued, attacked and retired, and in fliort discovered the best military discipline [ ever beheld. The parallel sticks secured them and their horses from falling over the stage; and the emperor was so much delighted, that he ordered this entertainment to be repeated several days, and once was pleased to be lifted up, and give the word of command ; and, with great difficulty, persuaded even the empress herself to let me hold her in her close chair within two yards of the stage, from whence (he was able to take a full view of the whole performance. It was my good fortune, that no ill accident happened in these entertainments, only once a fiery horse, that belonged to one of the captains, pawing with his hoof, struck a hole in mv handkerchief, and his foot flipping he overthrew his rider and himself; but T immediately relieved them both, and covering the hole with one hand, I set down the troop with the other, in the same manner as I took them up. The horse that fell was strained in the left moulder, but the rider got no hurt, and I repaired my handkerchief as well as I could; however, I would not trust to the strength of it any more in such dangerous enterprizes.
About two or three days before I was set at liberty, as I was entertaining the court with this kind of scats, there arrived an express to inform his majesty, that some of his subjects, riding near the place where I was first taken up, had seen a great black substance lying on the ground, very oddly sliaped, extending its edges round as wide as his majesty's bedchamber, and rising up in, the middle as high as a man ; that it was no living creature, as they at first apprehended, for it lay on the grafs without motion ; and some of them had by mounting up on each other's shoulders, they had got to the top, which was flat and even, and, stamping upon it, they found it was hollow within; that they humbly conceived it might be something belonging to the Man-mountain ; and if his majesty pleased, they would undertake to bring it with only five horses. I presently knew what they meant, and was glad at heart to receive this intelligence. It seems, upon my first reaching the shore after our shipwreck, I was in such confusion, that, before I came to the place where I went to sleep, my hat, whichl hadfastened withastring to my h-ad while I was rowing, and had stuck on all the time I was swimming, fell off after I came to land; the string, as I conjecture, breaking by some accident, which I never observed, but thought my hat had been lost at sea. I entreated his imperial majesty to give orders, it might be brought to me as soon as postjble, describing to him the use and the nature of it: and the next day the waggoners arrived with it, but not in a very good condition; they had bored two holes in the brim within an inch and a half of the edge, and fastened two hooks in the holes; these hooks were tied by a long cord to the harness and thus my hat was dragged along for above half an English mile; but, the ground in that country being extremely smooth and level, it received less damage than I expected.
she emperor to let a troop of his best walked round it several times; that,
Two days after this adventure, the emperor having ordered that part of his army, which quarters in and about his metropolis, to be in readiness, took a fancy of diverting himself in a very singular manner. He defired I would stand like a colossus, with my legs as far asunder as I conveniently could. He then commanded his general (who was an old experienced leader, and a great patron of mine) to draw up the troops in close order, and march them under me ; the foot by twenty-four in a breast, and the horse by fixteen, with drums seating, colours Hying, and pikes adanced. This body consisted of three foot, and a thousand horse. :sty gave orders, upon pain of • ery soldier in his march
fliould observe the strictest decency with regard to my person; which however could not prevent some of the younger officers from turning up their eyes, as they pasted under me: and, to confess the truth, my breeches were at that time in so ill a condition, that they afforded some opportunities for laughter and admiration.
I had sent so many memorials and petitions for my liberty, that his majesty at length mentioned the matter first in the cabinet, nnd then in a full council; where it was opposed by none, except Skyresti Bolgolam, who was pleased, without any provocation, to be my mortal enemy. But it was carried against him by the whole board, and confirmed by the emperor. That minister was galbet, or admiral of the realm, very much in his master's confidence, and a person well versed in affairs, but of a morose and sour complexion. However he was at length persuaded to comply; but prevailed that the articles and conditions upon ,which I should be set free, and to which I must swear, should be drawn up by himself. These articles were brought to me by Skyresti Bolgolam in person, attended by two under-secretaries, and several persons of distinction. After they were read, I was demanded to swear to the performance of them; first in the manner of my own country, and afterwards in the method prescribed by their laws, which was to hold my right foot in my left hand, and to place the middle finger of my right hand on the crown of my head, and my thumb on the tip of my right ear. But because the reader may be curious to have some idea of the style and manner of expression peculiar to that people, as well as to know the articles upon which I recorded my liberty, I have made a translation of the whole instrument word for word, as near as I was able, which I here offer to the public.
Golbasto Momaren Evlame Gurdilo Shefin Mully Ully Gue, most mighty emperor of Lilliput, delight and terroc of the universe, whose dominions extend five thousand hlustrugs (about
twelye twelve miles in circumference) to the extremities of the globe; monarch of all monarchs, taller than the sons of men; whose feet press down to the centre, and whose head strikes against the fun; at whose nod the princes of the earth shake their knees; pleasant as the spring, comfortable as the summer, fruitful as autumn, dreadful as winter. His most sublime majesty proposeth to the Man-mountain, lately arrived at our celestial dominions, the following articles, which by a solemn oath he shall be obliged to perform.
ist. The Man-mountain shall not depart from our dominions without our licence under our great seal.
2d. He shall not presume to come into our metropolis without our express order; at which time the inhabitants shall have two hours warning to keep within doors.
3d. The said Man-mountain shall confine his walks to our principal high roads, and not offer to walk or lie slown in a meadow or field of corn.
4th. As he walks the said roads, he shall take the utmost care not to trample upon the bodies of any of our loving subjects, their horses, or carriages, nor take any of our subjects into his hands without their own consent.
5th. If an express requires extraordinary dispatch, the Man-mountain shall be obliged to carry in his pocket the messenger and horse a fix days journey once in every moon, and return the said messenger b.ick (if so required) safe to our imperial presence.
6th. He shall be our ally against our enemies in the island of Blesuscu *, and do his utmost to destroy their fleet, which is now preparing to invade us.
7th. That the said Man-mountain shall, at his times of leisure, be aiding and .iffisting to our workmen, in helping to raise certain great stones, towards covering the wall of the principal park and other our royal buildings.
8th. That the said Man-mountain shall, in two moons time, deliver in an exact survey of the circumference of our
* Iq his description os I.illiput he seems to have had England more immediately in view. In his description of Blesuscu, he seema to intend the fe ipir- lacTkiugiom os France, Oh K Iky.
dominions by a computation of his own paces round the coast.
Lastly, That, upon his solemn oath to observe all the above articles, the said Man-mountain fhall'have a daily allowance of meat and drink sufficient for the support of 1724 of our subjects, with free access to our royal person, and other marks of our favour.'Given at our palace at Belfaborac, the twelfth day of the ninety-first moon of oar reign.
I swore and subscribed to these articles with great chearfulnefs and content, although some of them were not so honourable as I could have wished; which proceeded wholly from the malice of Skyresh Bolgolam, the high admiral; whereupon my chains were immediately unlocked, and I was at full liberty. The emperor himself in person did me the honour to be by at the whole ceremony. I made my acknowledgments by prostrating myself at his majesty's feet: but he command, ed me to rise; and after many gracious expressions, which, to avoid the censure of vanity, I shall not repeat, he added, that he hoped I should prove a useful servant, and well deserve all the favours he had already conferred upon me, or might do for the future.
The reader may please to observe, that, in the last article for the recovery of my liberty,the emperor stipulates to allow me a quantity of meat and drink sufficient for the support of 1724 Lilliputians. Some time afterafking a friend at court, how they e,ame to fix on that determinate number; he told me, that his majesty's mathematicians havifig taken the height of my body by the help of a quadrant, and finding it to exceed theirs in the proportion of twelve to one, they concluded, from, the similarity of their bodies, that mine must contain at least 1724. of theirs, and consequently would require as much food as was necessary to support that number of Lilliputians. By which the reader may conceive an idea of the ingenuity of that people, as well as the prudent and exact œconomy of so great a prince.