chapter  VII
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THREE (lays after nlY arrival at Gaffat, I "vas visited by Messrs. Bender and Kienzlen, two of the six German artisans who were sent to Abyssinia by the Bishop of Jerusalem in the hope that by the intro... duction of useful trades, and the exhibition of a pure faith, former prejudices against Europeans might be removed, and the King and his nominal Christian subjects become more favourably disposed towards the reception of an unadulterated Gospel, and the efforts of missionaries, 'I'he visit of two Europeans in that wild and strange land, where I had not a friend or companion beyond parties of pestering, and .importuning native mendicants, was indeed a great relief to Iny mind, in the utter loneliness and solitude to which, till the arrival of my companion, I should otherwise have been hopelessly doomed. My new acquaintances, who had been more than five years in the country, gave me much useful information about Abyssinia and its population. The King

they held in high esteem for his probity of sentiment, purity of life, and singleness of purpose; but in reference to his subjects, they certainly could only re-echo what I had from the first day noticed, that they were a false, treacherous, and insolent raceabsurdly superstitious in their religious belief, and revoltingly obscene in their domestic relations-insolent to an inferior, and cringing and servile to a superiorat one time declaring that they had entirely departed from the faith of the Gospel, and a minute after contending that their creed had the signet of St. Mark for its authenticity, and the example of wonder-working saints for its inviolable defence ;-a nation, in fact, so debased ill mind and vitiated in heart, that notwithstanding their physical and intellectual superiority to every other African tribe, they vie with all in truthlessness, cunning, and moral depravity.