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QUAKERESS AND SULTAN

The first Englishwoman to have speech with a .Sultan of Turkey was Mary Fisher, a Quakeress, who in 1657 undertook to eonvert the Commander of the Faithful to Christianity. She travelled by water lo Sinyi'n.'i, and then tramped to .Adrinnople ---about 600 miles away-—where Mahomet IV. was encamped with his army. After many attempts .she found someone bold enough to tell the Crand Vizier that "a, woman was come who had something to declare from the (Ireat God to the Sultan." He arranged for an audience, with his master, at which three dragomans were in attendance, as interpreters, and Mahomet was so impressed with what he heard that, while unwilling to become a Christian, lie desired that his visitor should stay in his dominions. "When sin insisted on returning be offered her an escort, adding: "I would not for anything that you should come to the least hurt." She got hack safelv to England, and was honored ever after* among her fellow-Quakers as "she that spake to the Crand Turk."

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QUAKERESS AND SULTAN, Issue 15696, 9 January 1915

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QUAKERESS AND SULTAN Issue 15696, 9 January 1915

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