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voyage, attracted my notice, burst into my cabin. “ For the love of God, “'allift me dear, dear Sir,” cried he, “ the press-gang are already here, and " I know, I shall not escape! For my“ self I should not care; but, may poor, “ poor mother! she will never furvive " it. I know she wont. Alas! fhe has "no fon, but me. Her heart is now
yearning to embrace me. O it will “ break, if she is disappointed !” I gave him time to say no more, but having hastily emptied a large trunk, made hima leap into it, and there detained him, until I was assured that these children of Nareyka had retired. Alas! they did not retire without prey; above thirty of those brave fellows, whose useful labours, have conduced to the enrichment, and prosperity of their country; who, after an absence of twenty months, hopes to reap the reward of their toils, by returning to its bosom, were dragged reluctant victims to the infernal demon of power!
Nor are these the only monsters that infest the British coaft.--Much apprehension is entertained by the feamen, and passengers, for certain savages, called Custom-hule Officers; who, it seems, are particularly ferocious towards thofe who come from the Eaft.
Praise to the preserving Spirit !-Our watery pilgrimage begins to draw near its clofe. At ten this morning, we cast our anchor, at the distance of about one coss from one of the principal Naval Ports in England. All on board is now hurry and confusion, every eye sparkles with the eagerness of expectation, and every heart seems warm, with the thoughts of once more beholding their friends, and their native country; it is the tumult of delight; the dread of the cuftom house officers, is forgotten ; I fuppose our fleet was too formidable for these favages to dare to make any attack upon it. And now that we are within fight of an English port, we can have nothing to fear. Seeing every one making preparations for going ashore, I retired to fpend an hour at my pen ; but the encreasing bustle, renders it impossible for me to proceed further at present. * On going upon deck, I was surprised to observe a number of strange faces, and anxiously enquired what kind friends had taken this early opportunity of greeting our arrival ?-With astonishment, I learned, that the strangers, were no other than the dreaded custom-house officers. In manners, dress, ftature, and complexion, nay even in language, these savages
bear so strong a resemblance to the English, that they might at a slight view, be mistaken for the fame; but, on a more accurate examination of their countenances, evident traces of their favage origin, may be easily discerned. They are less ferocious than the ....., and seldom murder those who fall into their hands, unless in cases of resistance. This they did not meet with from any of us; but, got leave to rifle, rob and plunder, without any hindrance, or molestation. Their avidity for plunder, though eager beyond dea fcription, seems to be acquired by the ftrangest caprice. On the commodities of Europe they seemed to set no value; but feized with savage rapacity, on the more elegant productions of the East. In respect to these, the piece of the Dewan, ard myself, have been the greatest fufferers. A beautiful piece of silver muslin, which the fair reader of No. vels, had treasured up, as her choiceft ornament, and on which, fhe fet a ten. fold value, from its being of a similar description to that which was worn by the Right Hon. Lady Araminta Eleanora Bloomville, on the day of her puptials ; was seized by these relentless barbarians, without remorse. With a copious flood of tears, the besought them to spare her favourite robe; but, alas! the fupplica
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tions of beauty, touched not the heart of these favage plunderers, who beheld unmoved, the pearly drops, which coursed each other down the fair one's cheek! my cabin afforded a ftill more ample share of plunder. The shawls, the murlins, which I intended to have presented to the sister of Percy: and the less coftly, though in the eye of affection, no less valuable presents, which the generosity of Grey, had enabled young Morton to fend his family? all, all, were seized, by the uphallowed hands of these ruth. less spoilers! Had they taken my whole ebest of gold Mhors, it would not have grieved me half so much! But, as it is a misfortune, for which I perceive there is no remedy, I must have recourse to that only physic of the hopeless-Patience.
From the Queen of the ocean, the favoured Isand of Great Britain, does the wandering Zaarmilla, now address the most beloved of friends. Having taken leave of the Captain and officers, and returned, well merited, thanks for their kind attention during our voyage; we went into a boat, which had been fent froin the harbour, for the conveyance of the passengers, and were quickly landed on one of the ghauts of Portsmouth; it is impoffible to convey to your imagination, any notion of the magnificence of the
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fpectacle that prefented itself to our view, in this short fail. No idea of the sublic mity of a fleet of floating fortresses, can poffibly be conceived by those who have not be held the unequalled scene. The army of the most powerful Monarch of The East, though numerous as the grains of fand upon the shores of the fea, the duft of the feet of whose Elephants obfcures, the noon-day fun,' cannot, in point of grandeur, bear comparison with an aflenablage of these glories of the ocean, that ride triumphant in an English port.
We have taken up our prefent abode at a fort of Choultrie, called an Hotel, and are to spend the remainder of the day together. To-morrow, we shall separate, perhaps, for ever! The lovely widow, in whose countenance, I see the emotions, of tender recollections struggling with that amiable fortitude, which strives to repress the feeling of unavailing sorrow, purposes going to the house of a friend, at a few miles distance from this place, and there to wait the arrival of her mother. Í am to have the happiness of Deloniond's company, on my journey to London, which is a very great comfort to me, as I find myself almost as much at a lofs here,' as if I had never before. been in an English fettlement. The Dewan has been busily employed in