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1822 Excerpt: ...Persians, who resort hither to pay homage to the
sacred relics, and thus to obtain a cure for a disease which is met
with in Persia alone, and is, as it were, endemial in that climate.
This disease consists in an extraordinary inflammation of the face,
accompanied by swelling, and large red tumours resembling those of
proud flesh. The Persians on this occasion always bring with them
offerings of various clean animals, which are slaughtered in the
court-yard of the convent, and distributed among the poor. Every
one who prays fervently and with faith, whether Christian or
Persian, is very speedily delivered from the above-mentioned
disease. Such as come to pray over the sacred relics likewise make
offerings of money, and the sums thence arising passed unchecked
into my hands. I could set down what receipts I pleased, and hence
I never gave the bishop the full amount, but made a handsome
deduction, which I gave secretly to the poor, and especially to
those who came from a small village belonging to the convent to
solicit alms of the pilgrims: for my own necessities I provided,
but with the utmost moderation, out of the remaining part, or
personal income of the bishop. Being, as I have already observed,
quite my own master, I once went in company with a trusty person to
see the ancient churches and convents, which are very numerous on
Mount Arakat. Though now empty and deserted, most of them are still
entire, some looking as if recently erected, and very few being in
ruins. There is scarcely any thing in this part of the country but
bespeaks the savage, predatory, and destructive disposition of the
inhabitants. Indeed the tribes roving about here, such as the
Lesgians, the Kurds, and others, as well as some of the Persians,
who resemble them, have merely the sh...
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