Ivanovich Nepliuev. From Bars'kyj's correspondence with Patriarch Sylvester58 it appears that heated words were exchanged (possibly over Nepliuev's secret negotiations with the church of Rome on behalf of the Russian Empire), and Bars'kyj was threatened with arrest and prompt deportation by sea to St Petersburg. It was at this stage that he fled Constantinople and in October 1746 arrived in Bucharest on his way back home to Kiev From here he complained in a letter to his mother how 'I could not fulfil my intention of staying in Constantinople for the completion of my task.'59 He had two ends in view. He aimed to complete the manuscript containing the section on Constantinople, which survives only in note form, but he also needed to edit it for publication, when he hoped that it would serve both as an account of a pilgrimage and as a guide to the ancient traditions of Orthodox worship, which could be used in the reform of the church back in his homeland. He was never to complete these tasks.

While in Bucharest, Bars'kyj received from the prefect of the Kievo-Podol'sk School Varlaam Lashchevskyj an invitation to take up the position of teacher of Greek at the Kiev Academy.60 He was delayed by illness in Bucharest until July 1747, when he left for Kiev where he arrived on 5 September 1747, after twenty-four years of travel. Shortly after his arrival, he lamented in a letter to Patriarch Sylvester 'neither dead, nor alive, I lie worn out, like a piteous corpse'.61 About a month after his arrival in Kiev, on 7 October 1747, Bars'kyj died, and he was buried with great honour at the Kiev-Bratsk monastery, near the altar of the main church.62

58 Barsukov, Stranstvovaniia, iv, 69-74.

62 Bars'kyj's manuscript was first published in a highly abridged and corrupted edition by V G. Ruban, Peshekhnodtsa Vasiliia Grigorovicha Barskago . . . (St Petersburg: Imperatorskaja akademiia nauk, 1778) with later editions in 1785, 1793, 1800 and 1819.

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