22 to facilitate the passing of the French diplomatic mission which left to Aleppo on 13th April, 1705. Satisfied that the French diplomatic mission caravan departed to Aleppo, as it passed near the port of Alexandretta, the captain of the Tridan, M. D. Turgis, instructed his accompanying warships to follow him back to France. On 17th April, 1705, the caravan arrived in Aleppo. Marie Petit, as Mrs Du Hamel, used to walk about in the street of Aleppo with her face uncovered; against the instructions of the Ottoman authorities. As she used to do that on her way to meetings with city dignitaries, she drew much attention to her from the flirtatious young men of Aleppo, who were enchanted with her beauty.