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0499 Cathay and the Way Thither : vol.1
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OF MISSIONARY FRIARS.

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at liberty to preach without let or hindrance. Of the Jews and Saracens there are indeed no converts, but many of the idolaters are baptised ; though in sooth many of the baptised walk not rightly in the path of Christianity.

Four of our brethren have suffered martyrdom in India, at the hands of the Saracens ; and one of them was twice cast into a great blazing fire, but came out unhurt. And yet in spite of so stupendous a miracle not one of the Saracens was converted from his misbelief !1

All these things I have briefly jotted down for your information, reverend father, and that through you they may be communicated to others. I do not write to my spiritual brethren or private friends, because I know not which of them are alive, and which departed, so I beg them to have me excused. But I send my salutation to all, and desire to be remembered to all as cordially as possible, and I pray you, father Warden, to commend me to the Minister and Custos of Perugia, and to all the other brethren. All the suffragan bishops appointed to Cambaliech and elsewhere by our lord Pope Clement have departed in peace to the Lord, and I alone remain. Friar Nicholas of Banthera, Friar Andrutius of Assisi, and another bishop, died on their first arrival in Lower India, in a most cruelly fatal country, where many others also have died and been buried.'

Farewell in the Lord, father, now and ever. Dated at Zayton, A.D. 1326, in the month of January.

NO. V. LETTER OF FRIAR JORDAN 0 S OF THE ORDER OF
PREACHERS.

To the reverend fathers in Christ, the Preaching and Minorite Friars dwelling in TAunTs, DIAGORGAN, and MAROGA,

1 No doubt Odoric had brought this history to Zayton with the bones of the martyrs a year or two before.

° Probably Ulrich Sayfusstorf (see p. 170).

Probably at Hormuz.   1J