Note 096
From Chapter 46 of the Decline & Fall

A bird, a frog, a mouse, and five arrows, had been the present of the Scythian king to Darius (Herodot. l. iv. c. 131, 132.).

Substituez une lettre a ces signes (says Rousseau, with much good taste) plus elle sera menacante moins elle effrayera; ce ne sera qu'une fanfarronade dont Darius n'eut fait que rire, (Emile, tom. iii. p. 146.)

Yet I much question whether the senate and people of Constantinople laughed at this message of the chagan.

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