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for No. XV. Vol. III. 1731..
Art. XI.THE Life and Astions of Soltán
1 Al-Malec Al-Nafer Salâh'addîn Modhaffer Yusof the Son of Ayûb the
Son of Shâd; by Bahâo'ddin the Son of : : Şhedâd, &C.
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ARTICLE Xİ. Vita & Res geftæ Sultani Almalichi Alna
7obi, F. Sjadsi, autore Bobadino F. Sjeddadi, &c.
That is, The Life and A&tions of Soltâni Al-Malec
Al-Mâfer Salâh'addin Modhaffer Yûsof the Son of Ayûb the Son of Shâd; by
Al-Nâlet f Ayüb the Shedâd, &c.
. Being a Continuation of Art. V. of Numb. XIV,
T E left the Soltân in a Sea of Grief for VV the loss of Ptolemais, from whence our Historian did his best to recover him, by remonftrating the Vanity of grieving for what he could not recal; and by setting forth the neceffity of returning to himself, that the Enemy might not take the advantage of his Inactivity to his farther detriment. He entreated him to think of Jerusalem, and of see, curing the maritime Country, and of releasing those whom the Enemy now held in Captivity. A Council was called, wherein it was NoXV. 1732, .
ting those mari think of decrivantage the Enele
resolved, That it was to no purpose any longer to keep the Franks confined, since the City of Ptolemais was fallen into their hands. The Soltan therefore commanded the Baggage to march off with the gross of the Army, while he himself with a choice Body of light Horse kept his ground, to watch the Enemy's Motions, and to mark what they would do with the captive Garrison ; flattering himself at the same time, that the Franks, puffed up by their good Fortune, might be tempted to make a Sally upon him, and thereby give him an op. portunity of taking some revenge on them. But nothing of this happened ; the Franks, regardless of him, minded nothing but the City they had got.
AFTER a smart skirmish which soon ensued, each side bethought them of the execution of the Treaty which had been a greed on at the Surrender of Ptolemais ; and Messengers went from side to side to examine into and settle Matters pursuant thereto. And particularly, a Maronite and two belonging to the King of England, came to the Sola tân's Camp, and having produced two exact Lifts of their Captives, demanded a sight of the true Cross, that they might know whether it was there, or at Baghdad. It was accordingly produced, and they adored it, proftrating themselves with their Faces in the Duft, and behaving with extraordinary and boundless Devotion towards it. They signified, That their Kings allowed the Soltân three Months for the execution of the Treaty, the Conditions whereof, were to be fulfilled at three different Periods, upon three monthly Days. Accordingly, Preparations were made for the firft de
livery, and all was soon ready, except fome Nobles, whose Names were given in, but could not readily be found; which took up some time.
When the first Term or Period was expired, a dispute arose, The Soltân would make no delivery till the Franks had released their Prisoners, and accepted his Security for the (wo remaining Payments ; or else given him Security to make good what they received of him, 'till they had discharged their Prisoners. The Franks, we are told, were so unreasonable as to agree to neither ; but insisted, that the Solian should make his first Payment, and trust wholly to their Honour; which upon this occasion would not pass current with him. He had no Opinion of their sincerity, and would not trust them so far ; but by sticking out, he brought a great calamity upon the Captives he wanted to release.
FoŘ the King of England (upon whom our Historian here bestows the Epithet of accursed) observing that the Soltán refused to deliver the Money, Captives and Cross, which were to make up his first Payment, resolved to be even with him. Here Babão'ddin takes occasion to blacken our first Richard. He pre-. tends, that the Besieged were promised their Lives, at least, even if the Soltán should not think good to answer their Stipulations. But this accursed Man (says he) broke his Faith,. and perpetrated that which his Heart had determined, even tho' he had received the Sola tan's Payment, as was owned by those even of his own Religion. He drew out three thousand of the obscurest and least useful of the Captives, who being all chained together,