to know the cause of this rejoicing, and asked many
questions concerning it; I was answered that it was
meant as a compliment to me, because I was Grandson
to the King of Bournou.
This account gave me a secret Dleasure; but I was not
suffered long to enjoy this satisfaction, for in the eve¬
ning of the same day, two of the merchant's sons (boy
about my own age) came running to me, and told me,
that the next day I was to die, for the king intended, to
behead me. I replied, that I was sure it could not be
true, for I came there to play with them, and to see
houses walk upon the water with wings to them, and
the white folks; but I was soon informed that their
king imagined I was sent by my father as a spy, and
<vould make such discoveries at my return home, as
would enable them to make war with greater advantage
to ourselves; and for these reasons he had resolved I
should never return to my native country. When I
heard this, I suffered misery that cannot be described.
I wished a thousand times that I had never left my
friends and country. But still the Almighty was plea¬
sed to work miracles for me.
The morning I was to die, I was washed, and all my
gold ornaments made bright and shining, and then carried
to the palace, where the king was to behead me him¬
self (as is the custom of the place). He was seated upon
a throne at the top of an exceeding large yard, or court,
which you must go through to enter the palace; it is as
wide and spacious as a large field in England. I had a
lane of lifeguards to gd through. I guessed it to be
about three hundred paces.
I was conducted by my friend the merchant, about half
way up; then he durst proceed no farther: I went up
to the king alone. I went with an undaunted courage,
and it pleased God to melt the heart of the king, who
sat with his dim iter in his hand ready to behead me;
, being himself so affected, he dropped it out of his
hand, and took me upon his knees, and wept over me.
I put my right hand round his neck, and pressed him
to my heart. He set me down and blessed me; and
added, that he would not kill me, that I should not go
home, but be sold for a slave, so then I was conducted
back again to the merchant's house.