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SEMEDO, P. Alvaro, Relazione della Cina. Roma, 1643.


TIMKowsKI. Travels of the Russian Mission through Mongolia to China, etc. London, 1827.

TURNOUR ; Epitome of the History of Ceylon, etc., and the first twenty chapters of the Mahawanso. Ceylon, Cotta Ch. Mis. Press.

VINCENZO MARIA. Viaggio all' Indie Orientali del P. Fj--- di S. Caterina da Siena, etc. Roma. 1672.

WADDING. Annales Minorum, etc. (History of the Franciscan Order), see p. 37.



P. xxxvii, last line ; Tzinista, a name which no one has questioned to indicate China. This is a mistake ; for Baron Walckenaer maintains Tzinista to be Tenasserim (see N. Ann. des Voyages, vol. 53, 1832, p. 5).

P. xlviii, a little below middle ; Patricius. This appears from Assemani to be the translated name of Mar-Aba, Patriarch of the Nestorian Church, from 536 to 552 (see ii, 412 ; iii, 75-76 ; iii, pt. ii, 406). The same author says that Cosmas, in his expositions of Scripture and his system of the World, closely follows two chief Nestorian Doctors, Theodorus of Mopsuestia and Diodorus of Tarsus (405).

P. 1, and Note 3 ; Taissan. What renders the change of Thiantsé or some similar term into Taissan more probable than it seems at first sight, is the fact that Ssanang Ssetzen calls the title by which the Chinese Emperor, Yngtsong, ascended' the throne for the second time (A.D. 1457) Taissan, the real title being Thianshun, " Favoured by Heaven" (see Schmidt, p. 293, and Chine Ancienne, p. 405).

P. lvi ; Antu. With reference to this name, apparently indicating Antioch, it is curious to read in Mas'udi that, at the time of the Musulman conquest there remained of the original name of the city only the letters Alif, Nücn, and Tic (Ant or Anta, see Prairies d'Or, iii, 409).

P. lxxviii. The facts stated in Sir H. Rawlinson's paper in vol. xxvii of the J.R.G.S., p. 185, seem to throw very great doubt upon the allegation that Hira could have been a haven for eastern trade at the time indicated, if ever it was so.

P. lxxxiii, and Note 2 ; City of Siurhia; see also p. cxxv, Note 1. Some clue to the origin of this name may perhaps lie in the circumstance that the Mongol Ssanang Ssetzen appears to give Daitu or Peking, as the capital of the Great Khan, the appellation of SIRo-Tihaghan. The meaning of the title is not explained by Schmidt (see his work, p. 127).