Sir John in Cathay!
Benedicitee, good readeres alle! Sir John Mandeville heere, havying crossed the see once moore on the kynges privee businesse and arrived at the court of the Greet Khan in Cathay! Thus I begge yowre pardoun for my longe silence; I was passyng over the sees and the sandy wastes into Cathay.
But ooh, gentiles, lat me telle yow of the wondres of Cathay! The Greet Khan hath accepted me ynto hys servyce on be-halfe of Kynge Richard, and I have y-seene many and diverse wonderes in the monthes I have y-spent in hys service.
*I have y-seen a greet merveyl, a machyne that pryntes pages, the whych can be fashioned ynto bookes!
*Cathay hath muchel paper, the whych mateere they fashion from the pulpe of reedes and trees.
*Myne newe freende, the most noble General Toe, hath yshewen me a thyng called gun-powdere, the whych animates artillerie, the whych thynges General Toe uses to hunt the wild chikkenes of Manchuria, the which fowles hys cookes make ynto a most riche and choice nourischment.
General Toe hath invyted me to joyne hym in the wildes of Manchuria in the dayes aheed. I have been learning about gun-powdere and preparing to go ynto the hunt for the wild chikkenes. As always, I schal keep yow apprised of my aventures!