approaching the gate of the city. As he hastened to meet
them, his eyes recognised the Bab surrounded by His escort
dressed in the same clothes and wearing the same expression
as he had seen the night before in his dream. Haji Mirza
Jani joyously approached Him and bent to kiss His stirrups.
The Bab prevented him, saying: "We are to be your Guest
for three nights. To-morrow is the day of Naw-Ruz; we
shall celebrate it together in your home." Muhammad Big,
who had been riding close to the Bab, thought Him to be
an intimate acquaintance of Haji Mirza Jani. Turning to
him, he said: "I am ready to abide by whatever is the desire
of the Siyyid-i-Bab. I would ask you, however, to obtain
the approval of my colleague who shares with me the charge
of conducting the Siyyid-i-Bab to Tihran." Haji Mirza Jani
submitted his request and was met with a flat refusal. "I
decline your suggestion," he was told. "I have been most
emphatically instructed not to allow this youth to enter any
city until his arrival at the capital. I have been particularly
commanded to spend the night outside the gate of the city,
his liberality and charm of manner, won their lasting gratitude.
On the morning of the second day after Naw-Ruz, he,
mindful of his pledge, delivered the Prisoner into their hands,
and, with a heart overflowing with grief, bade Him a last
and touching farewell.