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J:C. 1694. It was not in Europe. only that the Ottomans Heg.1105;
& 1106. found enemies this year. The Afiatic bashaws had The emir to fight the emir of Mecca, the sovereign of those of Mecca pillages a vagabonds who inhabit the deserts between the Caravan, and forces prophet's town and Damascus. This horde of to pay him freebooters plundered the caravans of all the pilthe sums that are
grims who went to Mecca. Though these Ara
8 his due.
bians were such miserable wretches, they were become very formidable, as it would have been necessary to keep a numerous army constantly on foot to protect the multitude of pilgrims drawn to Mecca by duty and devotion. The Turkish emperors would rather make a sort of bargain with these vagabonds, than endeavour to bring them under subjection, which in fact would be a difficult matter; for these plunderers, accustomed to live on a little, to inhabit caverns, and to bear the inclemency of the air, easily massacre travelbers and escape the pursuit of regular troops. For eighty purses, which their emir received yearly from the treasures of the mosques, they were not only to discontinue their rapines, but likewise to be answerable for the safety of the roads. The wants of the ftate caused the payment of this debt to be neglected a good while, which the viziers considered, with much reason as disgraceful for such a ftate as the Ottoman empire. The emir of the Arabians thought himself authorised to pillage the caravans anew, which he executed with so much cruelty, that fixty thousand defenceless pilgrims were plun
dered, wounded, and dragged into Navery, whilft :C. 1694
Heg.11052 they thought themselves travelling in safety on $1106." the faith of treaties. The neighbouring fangiacs assembled their troops too late; they were beaten by piece-meal. This disorder did more injury to the empire than a real war could. After a great many men had been lost, government' was obliged to satisfy a creditor who took advantage of circumstances to pay himself with his own hands. The eighty purses were again furnished, as the empire was not then in a state to free itself from this mortifying debt. This affair was scarcely terminated, when the J.C. 1695.
Heg.1106. sultan was attacked with an inflammation of the lungs which carried him off in a few days. This prince, perceiving himself near his end, eagerly asked' to see Mustapha, his nephew, who was to succeed him. Either through insensibility or mistrust, Mustapha obstinately refused the expiring emperor this fatisfaction, who at length desired that his nephew might be told that he
Death of recommended his children to his protection. Achmet Achmec died the 27th of January aged fifty years, of which he had reigned four, if it may be called reigning to give way to every impression, to let good or evil be committed indifferently, and to view with the same eyes great or ill success, which the imbecility of this monarch prevented him from taking any part in.
on the throne.
How Mur- A CHMET being dead, the grand vizier, Ta. tapha gets 11 rabolus Ali, who meant to choose an em.,
peror, ordered the officers of the feraglio who had been prefent at the death of their master, to conceal this event. They renewed public prayers in the mosques for the fultan's recovery; and whilst the creatures of the vizier were publishing that there were great hopes for the emperor, the minister secretly assembled the mufti, the mollacs, the bashaws, and the agas of the different corps, proposing to them to place Ibrahim the son of Achmet on the throne, who was only three years old. “This child," said Tarabolus, " is the “ eldest fon of our sovereign who died emperor " of the Ottomans. Has he not more right to s fucceed his father, than Mustapha his coulin, “ the son of a dethroned emperor?” This pretext, which seemed to satisfy the assembly, covered the true reason which no one said, but which all equally comprehended. Thę mufti and the grand vizier knew Muftapha. to be a prince that would reign himself. They hoped on the contrary to be absolute masters under the name of an emperor of three years old, and there was not a single member of the divan who did
not aim likewise at some part in this government, 1.C. 1695: or who at least flattered himself with finding his na independency in it. Whilst they were deliberating, not any longer on the choice of a sovereign, but how they should proclaim the prince whom they had chosen, the felictar aga and the chiau pachi entered the affembly, and commanded
the mufti and the grand vizier to go instantly - and prostrate themselves at the feet of - Mustapha
II. who was waiting for them on his throne in the
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Declara on which
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confirm them in their dignities, and that he should measure his affection for them by the fidelity of their services. He sent direcily for the defterdar, commanding him to bring an account of all the money then in the public treasury. The emperor, seeing that this sum amounted to no more than fifteen purses, asked what had been done with the rest. On the defterdar's answering
him that his predeceffor had disposed of it:
ti " And I," said he, looking at the grand vizier he makes with a menacing eye, “ will take care to bring acceflion. “ those to a strict account who have diffipated
“.it. But let not the troops expect the present
This sultan, aged at that time thirty-three years, had a manly, noble countenance, and was known to be a prince that would not be trifled with.' His refusal of the present to the janissaries, which had several times occasioned seditions, did not
then produce any effect. One of the first cares of He takes Mustapha was to take his mother from the old feout of the raglio, where she had been languishing ever since
the deposition of Mahoinet IV. and bring her to Adrianople to enjoy all the honors and power