This learned dissertator, however valuable for his industry and erudition, is yet more to be esteemed for having dared so freely in the midst of France to declare his disapprobation of the Patriarch Oviedo's sanguinary zeal, who was continually importuning the Portuguese to beat up their drums for missionaries, who might preach the gospel with swords in their hands, and propagate by desolation and slaughter the true worship of the God of Peace.
He has made no scruple of preferring the testimony of Father du Bernat to the writings of all the Portuguese Jesuits, to whom he allows great zeal, but little learning, without giving any other reason than that his favourite was a Frenchman.
The islands belong to Portugal, and everything in Fayal has Portuguese characteristics about it.
The Portuguese pennies, or reis (pronounced rays), are prodigious.
How was it the Portuguese ran up the price of lend?
But just the same it's the Portuguese that gave it its price, and they make things go on it--send their children to school.
Well," said I, "Seignior Portuguese, but that is not our business now; the great question is, if you can carry us up to the city of Nankin, from whence we can travel to Pekin afterwards?
The name of the port I may perhaps spell wrong, having lost this, together with the names of many other places set down in a little pocket-book, which was spoiled by the water by an accident; but this I remember, that the Chinese merchants we corresponded with called it by a different name from that which our Portuguese pilot gave it, who pronounced it Quinchang.
One of the seamen, in Portuguese
, bid me rise, and asked who I was.
God knows how we made Madeira; we painted the old name out and a new name in, on the way; and we shipped a Portuguese
crew, not a man of whom could speak English.
Listen: my ancestor, a political refugee from Lisbon, and one of the first Portuguese
who landed on these shores, wrote that when he was dying on those mountains which no white foot ever pressed before or since.
They asked me what I was, in Portuguese
, and in Spanish, and in French, but I understood none of them; but at last a Scotch sailor, who was on board, called to me: and I answered him, and told him I was an Englishman, that I had made my escape out of slavery from the Moors, at Sallee; they then bade me come on board, and very kindly took me in, and all my goods.