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LETTERS

O F A

HINDOO RAJAH.

LETTER XL

From the Rajah Zaarmiixa, so
Maandaara.

RAISE to Varana .' under the guidance of whose potent arm, behold thy friend, surrounded by the billows of the mighty ocean.

The most sublime objects alone present themselves to my view. Above is the azure canopy of Heaven, in which "the "gold-crowned Sultan of the firmament, ** advances the standard of his bright"ness;" and without rival or competitor, enjoys the solitary grandeur of imperial state. Below is the boundless expanse of waters, the congregated waves of which, like the chiefs of some great republic, alternately rise into the majesty of power, and retire into the peace of obscurity.

From the benevolence and friendship of captain Grey, I received every assistance in preparing for my voyage, and procured every necessary that could tend to its comfort. I have also from him Letters of introduction to his friends, with a sketch of the character of each, so that I shall have the advantage of a sort of pre-acquintanee in a land of strangers. From Morton, I have received letters for his mother, and sisters, accompanied by some valuable presents, which the generous hand of Grey, enabled him to procure for them.

The young man has made a rapid progress in my esteem: his mind seems formed for the residence of virtue; nor is there any reason to apprehend that the headstrong passions of youth will ever be able to drive her from her feat.

I have not forgotten the sister of my friend, the long lamented Percy. For her I have made a selection of whatever I thought could be acceptable: and the idea of presenting it in person, affords great delight to my mind,—Jeo-doss, to whom, as well as to my other servants, I gave the liberty of returning to Kuttaher, so earnestly entreated for leave to accompany me, that I consented; and also at -their own desire have kept two more of my own people, all of whole

services I find very useful to me in this floating castle; where, in spite of every precaution, I confess, many things occur, disgusting to delicacy, and abhorrent to the nice feelings of propriety.

I was accompanied to the ship by Grey, Morton, and some other friends, who have distinguished themselves by their particular kindness to me. Even Cooper, wild and eccentric as he is, would cot suffers me to depart without some t )ken of his kindness. He brought me a cap lined with the finest fur, which he told me would be of service in the cold climate I was about to encounter.

The pang of regret penetrated my heart, when I bade the last farewell to these amiable friends; but when the ship was put in motion, and I saw those blest shores, "the favoured feats of the Gods of India," recede from my fight, my heart grew faint within me, and all my philosophy was insufficient to re-invigorate my sinking courage.

Sickness in a short time took from me the power of thinking. I have suffered under it so severely, that I have hitherto been unable to enjoy the society of my fellow passengers, the female part of whom are still confined to their apartments, by the cruel effects of this sea nausea, the most intolerable of all diseases! Upon the quarter-deck, I have met the husband of one of these ladies, who was of , in which station he acquired a fortune, which though not the tenth of the sum that a Mussulman Dewan would have acquired, will, I am told be sufficient to give him distinction in his own country. The Commander of the ship, though among his men he appears like a lion of the forest, is to his passengers gentle as the deer of the mountain. I have already been much indebted to his politeness and civiiity. I have the fame acknowledgment to make to the Surgeon, a young man, whose quick, and penetrating eye gives the promise of genius, and discernment.

Time, that great Physician, having in some degree reconciled our stomachs to the motion of the vessel, I have had the pleasure of being introduced to the fair companions of our voyage; who are three in number.

The first, is the wife of the Dewan; her features are regular, but so insipid, that I should not fail to pronounce her equally void of sense and feeling, was it not for the unlimited affection she evinces towards the animal creation, which she carries to as exalted a height as any Hermit of Cummow. Surrounded by Parrots, Lorys, Maccaws, small Dogs, Persian

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