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Cats, and Monkeys of every description, she seems attracted towards them by a myfterious sympathy; while if her languid eyes are cast towards any of the company, it is only to express the language of disdain.
Notwithstanding my admiration of this amiable protectress of the brute creation, I cannot help feeling a superior degree of pleasure, in contemplating the unaffected charms, and unassuming loveliness of a young widow; the beauty of whose countenance is shaded, though not concealed, by the veil of forrow. Whilft bestowing on her fatherless babes the soft caresses of maternal tendernefs, I have observed the tear which glistened on the filko en fringe of her fine black eyes, mingled with the failes of tender consplacency.
Betwixt this Lady and her husband, at an early period of life, a mutual artach:ment had taken place. Prudence could not at that time fanction their union : fer in a country where luxury has fixed her rehdence, it becomes difficult to procure the neceffaries of existence, and withoutthese, how would a man answer the calls of an infant family? The affection of these lovers, at length triumphed over every difficulty: the gentleman went to India, where; in process of time, he was promoted to the ..... of --- and no sooner found bimself in a situation
o support a family, than he claimed the promise of his betrothed bride, who, throwing aside the timidity of ber sex, and unprotected, save by the modes dig. nity of virtue, nobly braved ibe incon. veniences and hazards of an Indian voyage. She was received with transport by ber anxiously expecting lover, whose happiness was completed by their immediate union. Their's was not that transient glow of joy, which, like the crimson-tinted cloud of morning, vanishes while gazed on; it was permanent as pure. Each met in each the eclightebed companion, the wise adviser, . the faithful friend. But, alas! while fondly. looking forward to a long period of fe-, licity, the firoke of death, suddenly defa troyed the fair, but fallacious profpect. You will, perhaps, think but indifferently of her, who in such circumstances, would. persevere in preserving life:- But it is the custom of her nation! And she perhaps imagines, that the may as effectually evince her regard to the memory of her husband, by devoting herself to the care and educa. tion of his children, as if she had mingled her ashes with bis.
Three five boys look up to her for, protection, and already begin to benefit by her instructions. Their innocent vi. vacity, though a source of amusement
to most of the party, is a great annoyance to the monkey-loving Bibby, who declares, that “ of all the odious tor“ ments of a long voyage, that of being " teized with the noise of children is the c worst.” At the sound of her voice, the diffonant screams of her feathered favourites, seem to ratify the declaration of their fair benefactress; whilst the young and lively niece of the Dewan, cafts towards the many-coloured objects of her aunt's affection, such an expressive glance, as seems to say, they are almost as bad.
Of this young lady I can say little, but that she appears gay, and good humoured. The Surgeon, indeed, from whom I have all my information respecting my fellow voyagers, tells me, that she had been brought to India by her uncle, in order to be married to the gentleman, who was to succeed him in his appointment; but that on tbe voyage from Europe, a mutual affection had taken place between her, and a young votary of Lackshmi* who must obtain the smiles of the Goddess, before he can procure the hand of his mistress. Her uncle, in the mean while, insists on her return to Europe; and from the hilarity of her countenance, I should not suppose the disappointment to have entered deeply into her heart.
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10 ) A sad bustle has just taken place. One of the little boys having been allured into the great cabbin, by the comical tricks of a Marmozet, was attacked by a huge Baboon, one of the fiercest animals in Mrs. ....'s collection. His cries foon gave the alarm; every one flew to the place from whence they issued. No description can give any idea of the con. fused scene which followed. The voice of the sufferer, was soon lost in universal uproar. The screams of the ladies, the chattering of the monkeys, the barkiog of the dogs, to say nothing of the squalling of the parrots and maccaws, made altogether, such'a noise, that the thunder of the contending elements could scarcely have been heard in it. When peace was at length restored, and the little boy, whose leg was sadly torn, had been committed to the care of the surgeon, the
Dewan ventured to renionstrate with his ' fair partner, on the numbers, and bad be
haviour of her favourites. It was a teil. der point; the very mention of it, though managed with the utmost gentleness, threw her into a paroxysm of anger, which at length terminated in a flood of tears. In truth, there appeared to me in these tears, fo much more of paffion than of tenderness, that I could not regard
them as any ornament to the cheek of beauty! Perhaps you may blame my insensibility, and bestow more unbounded admiration on this benevolent woman, who generously prefers the welfare and happiness of her tailed, and feathered favourites, to the peace and comfort of her huiband; and whole heart expands, with more lively affection, for the meanest quadruped in her poifefsion, than for the orphan child of any friend on earth.
Intelligence is just brought me of our having cast anchor in the road of Madrass. -I will from tbence send you this letter. May it find you in the possession of the best blessings of life, health, and tranquillity! What can I say more?
LETTER XII. THE
HE day after I concluded my epifile from Madrass * we returned on board our ship, and the morning following weighed anchor, and proceeded on our voyage, in company with many floating fortreffes of fuperior fize, sent by the king of England, to protect the feet of the Company. The genıleman who I mentioned to you in my last, proves indeed a valuable acquisition to our society,
* Which lerter does not appearand is suppoel by the Editor ic have beea lort.