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vantage of their tardinefs, had rendered the firft and gre^ fcheme impofFiblc.
Carlo Rozetti, a Venetian merchant, a young man of capacity and intrigue, had for fome years governed the Bey abfolutely. Had fuch a man been on board the fleet with a commiflion, after receiving initruc'tions from Peter(burgh a . the Ottoman empire in Egypt was at an end.'
The Bey, with all his good fenfe and understanding, was flill a mamaluke, and had the principles of a Have. . Three men of different religions pofTefTed his confidence and go- verned his councils all at a time. The one was a Greek, the other a Jew, and the third an Egyptian Copht, his fecre- tary. It would have required a great deal of difcernment and penetration to have determined which of thefe was the moil worthlefs, or rnoft likely to betray him,
The fecretary, whofe name was Rifk, had tiie addrefs to fupplant the other two at the time they thought themfelves at the pinnacle of their glory; over-awing every Turk, and robbing every Chri-ilian, the Greek was banifhed from Egypt, and the Jew baftinadoed to death. Such is the tenure of Egyptian miniflers.
Risk profeiTed aftrology, and the Bey, like all other Turks, . believed in it implicit ely,. and to this folly he facrificed his- own goodunderftanding ; and Rifk, probably in pay to Con- ftantinople, led him from one wild fcheme to another, till he undid him — by the fears.