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THE SOURCE OF THE NILE
Reception at Gondar—Triumphal Entry of the King—The Author's first Audience.
We were much surprised at arriving on the Angrab, that no person had come to us from Petros, Janni's Brother. We found afterwards, indeed, that he had taken fright upon some menacing words from the priests at hearing a Frank was on his way to Gondar, and that he had, soon after, set out for Ibaba, where the Ras was, to receive his directions concerning us. This was the most disagreeable accident could have happened to me. I had not a singer person to whom I could address myself for any thing. My letters were for the king and Ras Michael, and could be of no use as bothe were absent; and though I had others for Petros and the Greeks, they, too, were out of town.