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OF THE RIGHT HON.
LORD KEEPER OF THE GREAT SEAL,
UNDER KING CHARLES II. AND KING JAMES II.
THE HON. SIR DUDLEY NORTH,
AND AFTERWARDS OF THE TREASURY, To KING CHARLEs il.
THE HON. AND REV. DR. JOHN NORTH,
MASTER OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
AND CLERK OF THE CLOSET TO KING CHARLES II.
THE HON. ROGER NORTH.
A NEW EDITION.
WITH NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS, HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL.
L O N DO N : -
HONOURABLE SIR DUDLEY NORTH.
A Continuation of the farther Proceedings in the Avanious Demand of the Tunis Basha, and its final Conclusion; with an Account of another Avania, and the Lawsuit about the Misteria Privilege; with some Passages following upon the Defeat at Vienna; all which matters, being of like nature with the former, are here added, as they were extracted from other correspondencies from the same house at Constantinople.
"The Vizier Azem having made his demand of fifteen purses, to determine that demand in favour of the English; which sum the Turks thought little, to free so great a demand; and the English thought it too much to give on so false a pretence; and the Turks, finding they could
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fasten nothing certain on us, but good words, ‘that the business being done, we would not be ungrateful; the vizier again calls the ambassador to justice, with intention, to all appearance, really to condemn us in some very considerable sum, which, between him and the grand signor, should have been eaten up, and the basha get but little. “When we were come to justice in the vizier's house, the basha makes a double demand against us of a thousand purses of money, specifying the particulars, till the vizier cried, ‘Hold ! it is enough ;’ and yet the basha cried, he had yet farther demands. The vizier demands the ambassador's answer; which was, in short, to deny all, and to argue that we were not liable to answer so unjust a demand. But, after all we could say, we had certainly been condemned, but that the ambassador found out an expedient to demand time to acquaint the king of England therewith ; for which end a convenient time was granted. “The demanding time, in Turkey, is commonly, by the Turkish officers, understood as if the party had a mind to compound with them. And certainly so the grand vizier understood it; which made him grant it so easily: but afterwards, finding soon how he was frustrated, I believe he heartily repented of it. Soon after, came advices to Constantinople of Sir John Finch's being recalled,