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He, alas! returns to his country, not loaded with the riches of India, but pofsefling in his mind a treasure, more desirable than any wealth can purchase. It is from the sneer of worthless prosperity, from the contumely of successful pride, that Mr. Delomond goes to hide his misfortunes in the oblivious shade of retirement. " When the frowns of fortune are exs ceflive, and human endeavours are ex"s erted in vain, where but in the wilder" rels can comfort be found for a man of “ fenfibiity?" Such an one is Delonond; unable to struggle with the tempestuous galos of adverse fortute, he declines the contest. The pride of talents, and the consciousness of recitude, may, he thinks, support him in his folitude; though he has found, from his experience, that they are orien an obstacle to advancement in the world: the path that leads to fortune, 100 often passing through the narrow defiles of meanness, which a man of an exalted spirit cannot stoop to tread.
The manly elegance with which Na. jule has endowed this Saib, together with an air of dignity which marks his whole depoitmeni, commands the admiration of the whole party; even the lady of the Dewan, relaxing from the Haughty languor of her usual manner, condelcends to address him with the utmost civility: and though her mistake as to his being a man of fortune, which from his appearance she had naturally concluded him to be, was soon reclified, she could not divest herself of the refpe&tful deference wbich his nanifest fuperiority fo juftly claims. She sometimes, indeed, when he is not present, wonders what people of no fortune mean, by alsuming the airs of quality ?
In the conversation of Delomond and the beautiful widow, I have spent many delightful hours. The first possesses a rich mine of knowledge, from which I expect pure and genuine information. The latter is not less sensible, almost equally well informed, more lively in her ideas, and more quick in her discernment; but, at the same time fo modeft, and unaffuming is this lovely woman, that I am fometimes at a loss which to admire most the perfection of her understanding, or her unconsciousness of its fuperiority.
The indisposition of these two intelligent companions, has for some days past deprived me of their society; and I should have been at a great loss how to dispose of myself, had it not been for the goodness of the niece of the Dewan, who from her own library supplied nie, with a fund of inftruciion and aniusement,
The young lady I have lately discovered to be a great lover of books; of which she has by far the most numerous collection of any person on board. But it is not surprising, that I should never have sufpečted her taste for literature. No one could possibly find it out from her conversation, which always turns upon the most trifling subjects. Notwithstanding the knowledge she must doubtless have acquired from the number of books she has read, she is so modest as never to utter a fentiment beyond vulgar, observation, por to attempt making use of her reason upon any occafion whatever;. fo that a person migbt eafily believe her mind to be still immersed in the depths of ignorance.
In the valuable collection of Biography, which this young lad, kindly submitted to my perufal, the first book that attracted my attention, was “ the History of a Nobleman;" but I foon found, that the word History has more meanings in the English language, than that which is given to it in the Dictionary. It is there faid to be, "a narrative of events and facts, delivered with dignity.” But the history of this illustrious nobleman, con. fifted of nothing more than a few letters written in the days of juvenile folly, on the subject of love!--Indeed, I cannot imagine why such immature productions
fhould have been preserved at all; and ftill less can I conceive for what purpofe they are given to the world, to whom, the opinion which a young man entertains of the unparalleled beauty of his mistrefs's complexion, can surely be of very little confequence. Other histories I found written in the manner of Memoirs ; these are said to contain the lives
of illustrious personages, whose names - adorn the title page. It appears very
ftraoge, that the lives of these great perfonages should abound in incidents só fimilar; an account of one will serve to give you an idea of the events that have occurred in fifty families, whose histories I have already read.
It happens, that a noble born infant is deferted by its fond parents, and expofed to the care of chance, and the humanity of strangers. These fortunate foundlings never fail to be adopted by the first perfon who takes them up, and as these are always people of fortune, they receive from their bounty an education, every way suitable to their real rank. As soon as the young nobleman attains the age of manhood, he falls in love with the daughter of his benefactor, a circumstance which involves the loving pair in the - deepest misery. At length, a period
is put to their misfortunes, by the disco
occurred in fidea of the
very of the real parents, and the young lord is admitted to all the privileges of his order. You may now perhaps expect that the history flould become more interesting and important, and be curious to hear how the young nobleman conducts himself in his new station; whether the experience he has had of life, serves to expand his benevolence, to in. vigorate his intellectual powers, and to render him a more worthy member of that august tribunal, in which is concentrated the illustrious mass of hereditary virtue ? As to all these points, you must content yourself to remain in ignorance; with the marriage of the hero, the history of his life concludes!
From this circumstance, and, indeed, from the whole tenor of the books, it appears evident, that with these islanders, marriage is a certain passport to never failing, and never fading bliss! A ftate near resembling that divine absorption of the soul described by our Yogees, which entirely excludes the cares and concerns of life, and in which the miod is wrapt in a delirium of perfect and uninterrrupted felicity! -Happy country! where the prudence and fidelity of the women of high rank, so plainly evince the care that is bestowed on their instruction, and where the piety, learning, and