by Dr. Valentine Ball (1889)
slightly abridged and edited by FWP
JEAN-BAPTISTE TAVERNIER was born in Paris in the year 1605. This has been ascertained from a statement in the volume of his Relations, namely that in 1679 he was seventy-four years old. But there is no direct evidence as to the exact month or day of his birth, and they cannot now be ascertained, owing to the disappearance of the registers of the church at Charenton, where he was baptized.
Not very much is known of the family of his father Gabriel, of whom, however, it is recorded that he fled from Antwerp to Paris in 1575, together with his brothers Melchior and Nicolas, in order to avoid religious persecution, they being Protestants. They readily accepted French nationality, and it is suggested by M. Joret that their ancestors may have originally migrated from France to Belgium. Melchior became famous as an engraver and printer to the King; he was born in 1544, and died in 1641, at the age of ninety-seven years. Of Nicolas the record is more scanty, it being only known that he was married to Claudine Ie Bert, by whom he had a son named Jacques. Of Gabriel it is known that like Melchior he was a geographer, but he appears to have been rather a merchant than an artist. He married Suzanne Tonnelier, by whom he had three sons -- Melchior, baptized in 1594; Jean-Baptiste, who, as already stated, was born in 1605; and Gabriel, born in 1618. As will be seen hereafter, Tavernier mentions a brother Daniel who died at Batavia in the year 1648, and there also appears to have been a brother named Maurice, whose son accompanied Tavernier on his sixth voyage. The possibility of Gabriel being identical with either Daniel or Maurice has been discussed, but there would be no advantage in retailing the various opinions here, as none of them are conclusive. Melchior, like his uncle, became distinguished as a cartographer; he died in 1665, during the last of Jean-Baptiste's voyages to the East.
The geographical surroundings of Jean-Baptiste, and the discussions which learned men held with his father, and to which he listened with avidity, served to inflame in his mind from his earliest years a strong desire to see foreign countries; but minute as are his descriptions of his travels, he, so far as his own autobiographical account is concerned, ignores the events of his early youth; and indeed it may be said that throughout he sinks his personality to such an extent that the actual period at which some of his adventures took place can only be arrived at by the casual mention of incidents and dates which are scattered about through his works, while with regard to others there are no indications whatever, and in reference to some periods of his life we are left in complete darkness as to where and how they were spent.
By the age of twenty-two
he had, he states in his 'Design', seen the best parts
of France, England, Holland, Germany, Switzerland,
Poland,' Hungary, and Italy, and had acquired a fair
knowledge of the most useful European languages. It
would appear from M. Joret's estimate that these
rambles must have commenced when he was only fifteen
years old. It is not necessary to follow the details
of these European travels here, as they are fully set
forth on following pages in 'The Design of the
There are some grounds for supposing that in 1647 he visited Persia, indeed he actually states (Book I, chap. viii) that he was in Ispahan towards the end of that year. Be this as it may, we find him on the 11th of January 1648 at Mingrela, that is to say Vengurla, on the west coast of India, where he had arrived from Surat in a Dutch vessel called the Maestricht. After nine days spent there, during which time he enjoyed the hospitality of the Dutch, who had a factory there, he embarked on an armed vessel for Goa, where he ar!ived on the following day, and was much struck with its decadence since his previous visit in 1641. During the two months which he spent in Goa he was on the most friendly terms with the Viceroy -- the wealthy Dom Filippe de Mascarenhas, -- the Archbishop, and the Inquisitor-General, by all of whom he was treated with much kindness, the latter having first satisfied himself that he had left his Bible behind him at Vengurla. On the 11th of March he returned to Vengurla, where he remained for more than a month, or till the 14th of April, when he embarked Batavia, for the ostensible reasons of seeing so famous a place and of rendering a service to the Dutch by conveying to them information about a new port in Africa which had been discovered by the Portuguese. M. Toret probably rightly concludes that he was anxious to seek for and meet with his brother Daniel, whom he had not seen for ten years.On this voyage Tavernier narrowly escaped shipwreck off the coast of Malabar, but at length succeeded in reaching the harbour of Pointe de Galle in Ceylon, where, as usual, he was well received by the Dutch authorities. On the 25th of June, the merchandise having been transhipped to another vessel. the voyage was continued, and on the 17th of July the coast of Sumatra was sighted, and on the 22nd Tavernier reached Batavia. On the following day he went to pay his respects to the General, Vanderling, and the Director-General, Caron, by whom he was at first well treated. Subsequently, however, he was involved in tedious investigations in reference to his relations with M. Constant, the Commander at Bandar 'Abbas, for whom he had purchased diamonds at the mines. These inquiries suddenly collapsed when Tavernier disclosed the fact that he possessed a very considerable amount of compromising information concerning the illicit transactions' of the members of the Council at Batavia who proposed to try him.
His stay at Batavia was interrupted by two short visits to Bantam, where he was well received by the King, of whom his brother was a boon companion; and he also experienced much kindness from the English Resident, who offered him a free passage to England, which he at first accepted, but subsequently declined in favour of a similar offer made by the Dutch. Thereupon followed a serious contention about certain Dutch pay-bills which he had purchased at a considerable discount, intending to sell them at par in Holland, and so employ his capital during the voyage. This traffic having been prohibited, those who had bought bills were all, with the exception of Tavernier, both compelled to give up what they had purchased, and otherwise severely mulcted and punished. Tavernier held out to the last monient, but finally handed up the bills on promise of an order for payment of his outlay in Holland. Ultimately he sailed without this promise being fulfilled, and it was only after several years and the institution of an action against the Company in Holland that he, or rather his brother for him. received part of the sum due. From all these circumstances he, perhaps naturally enough, became a bitter enemy of the Dutch, and availed himself of every opportunity for manifesting his hostility.
After his second return to Batavia from Bantam he was about to visit certain Kings in Sumatra, when his brother Daniel arrived in a dying state from Bantam; and shortly afterwards died, in spite of all that could be done to cure him.
Somewhere about the month of October, according to M. Joret's estimate, Tavernier sailed for Holland in a ship called the Provinces, which having passed the Sunda Straits, and failing to make the Cocos Islands, steered for the Cape of Good Hope, where it arrived in fifty-five days; and the fleet, after remaining there twenty-two days for the recovery of the sick, &c., proceeded to St. Helena, which was reached in eighteen days; and then halted for a further twenty-two days, when the crews and passengers of the several vessels in the port entertained one another. Ultimately, after some delays on account of contrary winds, the fleet reached Holland, where the Directors treated Tavernier with much politeness and hospitality; as regards his claim against them, they denied all knowledge of it at first, but finally offered to give him a free passage back to Batavia in order that he might get it paid there: this offer he declined to accept.
There is no precise
intimation in the text as to when he arrived in
Holland. M. Joret concludes that the voyage must have
taken six months, and that, allowing for delays in
Holland, he could not have reached Paris till the
spring of 1649.
On the 22nd of the same month he started by the valley of the Penner River for Gandikot, which he might have reached from Masulipatam by a more direct and shorter route had he not desired to visit Madras. On the 1st of September he reached Gandikot, which Mir Jumla, on behalf of the King of Golkonda, had just captured. As Mir Jumla was not only the Genera] of the troops but also Prime Minister, Tavernier had gone to him in order to show him -- as he was bound to do, not merely as an act of courtesy but because it was the custom -- the pearls and precious stones which he proposed to sell to the King. Several interviews which he had with Mir Jumla served to impress him with a high opinion of that General's abilities. On the 15th Tavernier took leave after receiving his assurance that he had recommended him to his son at the Golkonda court. His march northwards lasted till the 2nd of October, when he reached Golkonda. After some delay negotiations were opened with reference to the sa1e of the precious stones, but in consequence of a remark by a eunuch that the prices asked by Tavernier were too high, he took offence, and, together with M. du Jardin, left at once for Surat, following the same route as he had come by to Golkonda in 1648.
In some of the editions the date of his showing the precious stones is given as the 25th (of October), but in the 1676 edition the 15th is mentioned; and as he started on the following day, and the distance was twenty-one days' journey, or five days less than by the Aurangabad route which was twenty-six days, he reached Surat either on the 5th or the 15th of November. Shortly afterwards his companion, M. du Jardin, died, and Tavernier then set out for Ahmadabad, where he had been invited to bring his jewels by Shaista Khan, who was then Governor of Gujarat. Thence he returned to Surat, and set out for Golkonda on the 6th of March 1658 by the Aurangabad route, arriving at Golkonda on the 1st of April. He then paid another visit to the mines, regarding which, as he gives no details, we must only conclude that any observations of importance made by him on this occasion are incorporated in the account of his previous visit in 1645, which has been above alluded to. He appears to have returned to Surat during the same year, as in Book III, chap. xiii, he refers to having, in the year 1658, when on the return journey from Golkonda to Surat, encountered a troop of pilgrims. He says M. d'Ardiliere was with him, to which M. Joret objects that he had died in 1652. But had he? We know his father, M. du Jardin, had, but of himself there is, so far as I know, no such record.
Tavernier next refers to
being back at Surat, where he heard that war had been
declared between the English and Dutch. On the 8th of
January 1654 he sailed in one of a fleet of five Dutch
vessels of war which were dispatched from Surat to
intercept the English fleet, which was then expected
to be on its way back from Hormuz. After a naval
engagement in which the English were beaten, and
various delays, the Dutch fleet proceeded to Bandar
'Abbas, arriving there on the 7th of March. Tavernier
then started for Ispahan, visiting Kerman en route,
where he purchased a large quantity of the beautiful
wool of that country for transport to France. After a
protracted stay in Persia, where he visited many
places which he had not previously seen, he returned
to Paris apparently in the autumn of the year 1655,
but the information he gives on this point is very
Owing to the accounts which reached him of the disturbed condition of India, in connexion with the usurpation by Aurangzeb of his father's throne, Tavernier appears to have prolonged his stay in Ispahan till the beginning of 1659; but before starting for Surat, which his letter addressed to Shaista Khan proves him to have reached in May of that year, he dispatched to Masulipatam, in charge of one of his servants for safety, and perhaps to evade dues, the bulk of the beautiful objects and rare curiosities which he had collected for Shaista Khan in Europe. Shaista Khan's reply to his letter was an invitation to visit him at Jahanabad, sending him a passport to enable him to do so with ease and safety. Delayed by the rains, Tavernier had not started before he received other letters, first asking him to come to Burhanpur, and then to Aurangabad. When he went to take leave of the Governor of Surat, named Mirza Arab, he was informed by him that until instructions came from Aurangzeb, who had been informed of his arrival, he would not be allowed to depart. He then wrote to Shaista Khan, asking him to send an order to the Governor to let him go; this was done, and at length, after six months' delay at Surat, he set out and found Shaista Khan laying siege to Chakan (Choupar) in the Deccan. As has been seen on pp. 27 and 825, vol. i, there are some discrepancies in Tavernier's two accounts of the sale of and payment for his goods.
It is inferred from.a
casual statement that, having concluded this
transaction, he pursued his course farther southwards
in order to visit the diamond mines at Golkonda again,
from whence probably he returned to Surat about the
end of 1660 or beginning of 1661. In his Persian
Travels he says (Book V, chap. ii) that he was
in Persia in 1662, and during the same year he
returned to Paris, his age being then fifty-six years.
It was thought that, as he had by this time amassed a
considerable fortune, and was married in the same year
for the first time in his life, he would settle down
and rest from his travels, which, as we have seen,
commenced when he was only fifteen years of age. His
wife waa named Madeleine Goisse, a daughter of Jean
Goisse, a jeweller, with whom he had had some business
transactions, and who was a connexion by marriage of
his brother Melchior.
On the 22nd of November, having before-hand dispatched his principal goods, he left with a small party for Ispahan, and arrived there on the 14th of December. Three days afterwards the King, Shah 'Abbas II, who in 1657 had bought a quantity of jewels from him, summoned him to his palace, where he went In state accompanied by all the Franks, and bearing with him his most precious treasures, Father Raphael acting as interpreter. The Shah first inquired to whom he had sold the jewels which he had with him on the occasion of his last voyage, and he informed him that it was to Shaista Khan, and that the price he received was 120,000 rupees, though he mentions no sum in the account of the transaction itself.
His present to the Shah consisted of a large metallic mirror, which distorted the face of anyone looking into it. All the jewels, with the exception of the pearls, were bought, after prolonged negotiation, at the high prices which Tavernier demanded. The Shah being, however, well pleased, Tavernier besought his protection for his nephew, and requested that he himself should be allowed to sell his goods in Persia, free of duty, both of which requests were granted, and he was further complimented by the bestowal of a robe of honour, and by being appointed jeweller in ordinary. Further, out of regard for him a good reception was promised to all Franks arriving in Persia. A portrait of Tavernier prefixed to the Receueil, published in 1679, and reproduced as a frontispiece to this volume, represents him clothed in this robe, with the addition of the mantle which was further conferred upon him by the express order of the Shah. The total value of the saIes made on this occasion was 8,900 tomans, or £18,455, allowing £8 9s. for the toman. The Shih gave him several designs for ornaments, made by himself, which he desired to have executed in gold, enamel, and precious stones. Curiously enough, Chardin relates that a similar order was given to himself in 1666.
At length Tavernier left Ispahan for India on the 24th of February 1665, and reached Bandar 'Abbas about the end of the first week of April, having made several halts on the road. On the 5th of May we find him once more at Surat. On the occasion of this voyage an injury happened to him at the hands of the Dutch, which, added to what had previously been done to him in Batavia, served to perpetuate his enmity and contempt. Having been entrusted by the English Resident with an important packet of letters for Surat, which it was believed contained information of the outbreak of war in Europe, it was stolen by the Dutch, a parcel of blanks being put in its place. The English in Surat were naturally indignant when, instead of their letters, they received these blanks, and it is said that Tavernier was threatened with assassination, in consequence of which all the plans he had made for his Indian tour were thrown into confusion. He sent a strong protest against this scandalous treachery to the General at Batavia, and stated that if satisfaction were not rendered, he would, on his return to France, carry the matter further, and would also inform the Saih of Persia. He does not appear to have received any direct satisfaction, and this probably led him to write his exposures contained in The History of the Conduct of the Dutch in Asia.
On arrival at Surat, the Governor told him that Aurangzeb wished to be the first to see his jewels; and he further learnt that Shaista Khan was in Bengal, so that although, in pursuance of his promise given on the last occasion, he desired to visit him first, he was compelled to go to Jahanabad, travelling probably by Burhanpur, Sironj, Gwalior, and Agra, and arriving at Jahanabad in September. On the 12th of the same month he went to salute the Great Mogul, to whom, as well as to the nobles of the Court and others, he made presents amounting in all to the value of 28,187 livres. He then sold to the Great Mogul, Aurangzeb, a number of his most precious. stones; and Ja'far Khan, the Mogul's uncle, bought several, but disputed the price of a large pearl, which he sought to buy at 10,000 rupees less than Tavernier demanded. Subsequently, it was bought by Shaista Khan, who was then in Dacca, but with him too it became the subject of a serious dispute.
Tavernier remained two months at Jahanabad, and on the 1st of November, when he went to take leave, Aurangzeb pressed him. to remain in order to witness his annual festival which was then close at hand, promising him, if he would do so, that he would allow him to see all his jewels after it was over. So tempting an offer was at once accepted by Tavernier, and to this we owe some of the most interesting chapters in the whole of his travels.
The fete having concluded on the 9th of November, he was on the following day shown the jewels, including the great Mogul diamond. Shortly afterwards he left for Agra, and on the 25th (not the 15th, as an obvious though frequently repeated misprint has it in various editions) he started for Bengal, being accompanied by the celebrated French physician named Bernier and another friend named Rachepot. They reached Allahabad on the 7th of December, where they found Claude Maillé of Bourges instaIIed as physician and surgeon to the Governor, but no hint is given as to whether he was the same person or not whom Tavernier mentions under the same name in the capacity of gun-founder at Gandikot for Mir JumIa. Having obtained permission to cross the Ganges, they followed its left bank and arrived at Benares on the 11th, where they remained for two days, and then proceeded along the right bank to Patna, which they reached on the 20th. It is clear that on this occasion Tavernier did not turn down the valley ot the Son to Rohtas and the diamond mine at Soumelpur, and it is uncertain whether he ever went there; but he may have done so on his return and prolonged visit to Patna and its neighbourhood, which is mentioned below, or during his first journey to Dacca in 1640.
After eight days spent at Patna he embarked on the 29th December (not January, as by an obvious misprint it is given in several ofthe editions), and passed down the Ganges; reaching Rajmahal on the 4th of January 1666. On the 6th M. Bernier left him to go to Kasimbazar, while he proceeded to Dacca,which he reached on the 18th, and on the following day went to visit the Nawab, Shaista Khan, to whom he made a valuable present. After selling him the goods which he had brought for him, and having received an order for payment on Kasimbazar, he started for that place on the 29th, and reached it on the 12th of February, being well received by Van Wachtendonk, the Director of all the Dutch factories in Bengal. On presenting his order for payment to the Mogul's Treasurer, he was informed by him that three days previously he had received an order not to pay it. Subsequently this Treasurer, acting under Shaista Khan's instructions, offered to pay him the debt less by 20,000 rupees. Tavernier enlarges on the causes which led to this treatment, attributing it to the machinations of Aurangzeb's officers to spite him for not having sold the jewels to them, in order that they might resell them to their master at an enhanced rate. There is no direct record of his subsequent movements, but he appears to have spent June and July in Patna, where, on the second day of the last-named month, he witnessed an eclipse of the sun. In August he probably reached Agra, where he seems to have met the representatives of the French company 'for establishing commerce in Persia and India'.
He ultimately reached
Surat on the 1st of November, and met there M.
Thévenot, who was returning from Madras and
Golkonda, and of whose travels the published account
serves to elucidate some points in Tavernier's
narratives. Early in the year 1667 Tavernier left
Surat -- probably, as ingeniously calculated by M.
Joret, in the month of February -- for Bandar 'Abbis,
where he met, among other Europeans, the famous
traveller Chardin. At Ispahan he remained for some
months, probably till the end of 1667. In the early
part of the year 1668 he reached Constantinople, and
made a prolonged stay there, finally reaching Paris on
the 6th of December; and being then sixty-three years
old, he resolved to enjoy the riches he had acquired
and rest from his labours. His first care, he tells
us, was to render thanks to God, who had protected him
through all perils by sea and land during the. space
of forty years. His life after this period for sixteen
years cannot be
Chappuzeau, who had obtained considerable reputation as an historian and writer of theatrical plays, was prevailed on to edit Tavernier's notes, or, as he afterwards described it, to give form to the chaos, as the confused memoirs of the six voyages might be called. The statement made by Chappuzeau and quoted by Bayle, that the only written portions were by Father Gabriel de Chinon, Capuchin, seems to be somewhat inconsistent with this. Chappuzeau states that it was with the greatest repugnance he undertook the work, and then only in consequence of Tavernier's having used his interest to get the King to prevail upon him to do so. His friendship for Tavernier was completely broken under the 'mortification if not martyrdom' which he suffered, as he says, for the space of a year, while exposed to the rough humour of Tavernier and the ridicule of his wife. I agree completely with M. Joret in the opinion that the internal evidence is too strong to admit of the supposition that Tavernier was not personally the author of the larger part of the memoirs, and that from their very nature they could not have been written from mere verbal dictation. Chappuzeau doubtless edited them, and did his work very badly, as the numerous omissions and contradictions prove.
In the year 1675 Tavernier's first publication appeared under the title, Nouvelle Relation du Serrail du Grand Signior. His magnum opus, the Six Voyages, appeared in the following year; and the 'Design of the Author' which is prefixed conveys the idea that the whole was his own handiwork. The interest aroused in these works was considerable, and the number of editions (see Bibliography) which appeared in rapid succession amply attest the popularity of the work. In 1679 he published another volume, the Recueil de plusieurs Relations. In the preparation of this work he received the assistance of M. de la Chapelle, Secretary to M. de Lamoignon, M. Chappuzeau having refused to aid him further; but to what extent this assistance went it is impossible to say. This latter volume contains two portraits of Tavernier, one a bust, which is a work of high art (frontispiece to vol. ii), as also are the dedicatory verses by Boileau printed underneath it. The other is a full figure representing Tavernier in the robe of honour given him by the Shah of Persia, to which reference has aIready been made on a previous page. Translations of these works soon appeared in English, German, and Italian, as will be seen in the Bibliography.
Some who were jealous of Tavernier's success did not hesitate to contrast his works with those of Thévenot, Bernier, and Chardin -- who were perhaps better educated men and of a more philosophical turn of mind than he was, but it cannot be maintained that their works met with equal success; and it is apparent that the reading public preferred his facts and personaI observations to the philosophic speculations which were added to the facts recorded by.his rivals. Voltaire and others, though they wrote somewhat contemptuously of the value of Tavernier's work, did not influence the tide of opinion which had set strongly in his favour. It is noteworthy, however, that Tavernier, in his references to the above-named travellers, speaks of them all with the utmost courtesy, when referring to his having met them, while they are either silent about him, or, like Chardin, mention him only to abuse him.
In the footnotes to the present work it will be seen that while obscurity and contradiction are not absent from the text, and the effects of careless editing of the original are much to be deplored, the general accuracy ot the recorded facts, when submitted to critical examination in the light of our modem knowledge of India, is much greater than it was ever believed to be, even by his greatest admirers, who supposed them to be beyond the reach of elucidation or confirmation....
In a certain sense, to a limited degree, Tavernier may have been a plagiarist, but he openly avowed his endeavours to obtain information wherever he could. His historical chapters for instance, may have been derived from Bernier's writings, or, what is more probable, from conversations with him when they travelled together down the Ganges; while the cbapters on places he had not himself visited were, of course, founded on information collected from various sources, but principally from persons who gave him their own personal experiences. Thus, probably, is to be explained the resemblance noted by Dr. Hyde between a passage by Tavernier and one by Louis Morera in a work published at Lyons in 1671, which was founded on papers by Father Gabriel de Chinon. We know that Tavernier saw much of Father Gabriel in Persia, and he may' have learned the facts from him if he did not himself observe them....
During the period which elapsed from the publication in 1619 of his last volume up to 1684, there is reason for believing that Tavernier lived an active, commercial, though somewhat retired life. In 1684 he started from Paris for Berlin, being called thither by Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg, to advise with him on his projects of colonization.and commercial enterprise in the East, and to undertake to open up negotiations on his behalf with the Great Mogul. M. Joret maintains that there is no foundation for the view that Tavernier had been ruined at this time by the misconduct of his nephew, to whom he entrusted a valuable cargo for the East. On the contrary, he went to Berlin, en véritable grand seigneur, at the age of seventy-nine years, attracted by the offer of becoming the Elector's ambassador to India, being still full of bodily energy and possessing an enterprising spirit.
M. Joret, by means of an unpublished manuscript, has been enabled to trace his circuitous journey through the principal countries of Europe. Many interviews took place with the Elector, at which the arrangements for the Embassy and the formation of the trading company were discussed. Three armed vessels were to convey it, and Tavernier, besides being nominated Ambassador, was appointed to the honorary offices of Chamberlain to the Elector and Counsellor of Marine. Soon afterwards he resolved to sell his estate at Aubonne, probably to obtain capital for his own speculations.
After six weeks spent in Berlin, he left on the 15th of August for Hamburg, and then paid a number of visits to different towns in Germany, Holland, &c., finally returning to Aubonne in November. In January 1685 he was again in Paris, when he sold the land and barony of Aubonne to the Marquis Henri du Quesne for 188,000 livres of French money, with 8,000 livres more for the horses and carriages, the actual transfer being made by his wife Madeline Goisse, as he himself was at the time still in Paris. This sale completed, he would have been free to go to Brandenburg, but was delayed, as M. Joret suggests, in order to realize the 46,000 écus provided for in the letters patent constituting the Company, and which were to cover the costs of equipment of the vessels required for the first voyage. The prejudice which existed against Protestants before the revocation of the Edict of Nantes accounts for some of the difficulties he experienced in settling his affairs. M. Joret is disposed to treat as unfounded the story that Tavernier was at this time imprisoned in the Bastille as one of those who suffered from the oppression practised on the Protestants. It is proved, however, by the manuscript archives of the Bastile, which M. Joret quotes, that some one of the name of Tavernier was incarcerated there on the 18th of January 1686.
If he was not there he
was probably somewhere in Paris, for by that time the
projected company of the Elector had come to naught,
and Tavernier's home at Aubonne in Switzerland had
been sold. At upwards of eighty years of age his
commercial instincts had led him to entrust a valuable
cargo for India, worth 222,000 francs, to his nephew,
Pierre Tavernier, son of the goldsmith of Uzès,
who, as we have seen, was left by him at Tabriz in the
year 1664, in charge of the Superior of the Capuchin
Convent, in order to learn the Persian language. It is
commonly said that this nephew settled in Persia and
defrauded him of his profits, which should have
amounted to a million of livres.
Traces of his having been in Copenhagen in 1689 (or more probably in 1688) were discovered by Prof. Steenstrup, to whom inquiries were addressed by M. Joret. In the Russian review, La Bibliographie, for the month of February 1885, M. T. Tokmakof has described how, in the year 1876, when visiting an old Protestant cemetery near Moscow, he discovered the tomb of Tavernier, as M. Guerrier described it in a letter to M. Joret, with the name still preserved in full, and a fragment of the obliterated date, 16-. Moreover, M. Tolonakof discovered documents proving that Tavernier, carrying with him the passport of the King of Sweden, arrived in Russia early in February 1689, and that instructions were sent to the frontier to facilitate the journey of the illustrious visitor to Moscow.
M. Joret concludes his
sketch with a well merited panegyric on the subject of
his biography... To the testimony thus given, and to
that which is afforded by the popularity of
Tavernier's worke in the last century, the present
writer confidently expects that readers of the
following pages will accord a liberal and hearty
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