TO M O N S I E U 11
MOTHE LE VAYER
Written at Dehh the first of July l663.
Containing a description of Dehli and Agra, the Capital Cities
of the Empire of the Great Mogol, together with various
details illustrative of the Court Life and the Civilisation
of the Mogols and the People of the Indies.
O N S I E U R,
I know that youri first inquiries on my return to
France will be respecting the capital cities of this empire.
You will be anxious to learn if Dehli and Agra rival
t Fran9ois de la Mothe le Vayer, 1588-1672, was a very voluminous
and able writer on ethnological, geographical, and historical subjects.
He succeeded his father Felix, who died on the 25th September 1625,
in a parliamentary office, but soon abandoned law for letters. Bernier
was one of his most intimate friends, and when he came to see him
as he lay on his death-bed, almost his last utterance was the greeting,
' Eh bien ! quelles nouvelles avez-vous du grand Mogol ?' (Well I
what news have you of the Great Mogul?)