24 " sake thou hast performed the journey joined God, " why seekest thou the nether place of his rnartyr- ct doin; and if he has not joined God, what hast thou " to hope from him? Find thou a living Imam." The Shah asked: " Who is the living Imam?" The saint answered : '' I." The king replied : " Well, *• I shall fire a ball from a gun upon thee; if it ^ takes no effect, I will follow thee." Tarab gave this answer : *' Your Imam, Riza, died by the grain " of a grape; how shall I resist the ball of a gun?" At last the Shah fired upon and killed him. As Kamal openly professed the creed.of Tarab, the king associated him with the latter.' It is reported, that one of the Imanas came to Hossein Khan, of Sham,<nnd having converted him 1 Shah Abbas 1. has been already mentioned in a note (vol. II. p. 146), where, according to sir John Malcolm's History of Persia, the duration of his reign is stated to have been forty-three years; his age seventy; and the date of his death A. D. 1628; somewhat differently from Herbelot, who makes his reign forty-five, his age sixty-three, and the date of his de.Uh A. D. 1629. Abbas I , called the Great, on account of his mag- nificent buildings, and his skilful interior policy, was very much at- tached to the religion of Ali, which was always, until our days, domi- nant in Persia; his taking possession of Baghdad, Nudjef, Kerbelah, Kasmin, and Samerah, where the remains of Ali and his descendants are buried, was more agreeable to the Persians than the whole of his other conquests; dressed with the mantle of the saints of Arbeli, that is of Sofi and Haidar, ancestors of the present Persian kings, Abbas was almost adored by his subjects. This renders the recital above, respecting his religious zeal, very probable, It will be remembered that this Shah sent sir George Shirley as his ambassador to England; and that king James J. dispatched sir Drodmore Cotton on an embassy to Persia, in 1626.