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preparations for the conveyance os'bis family. His lady's extreme delicacy not permitting her to submit to the ordinary mode of travelling, in hired carriages, he has been obliged to purchase ofie for her accommodation. Happily, the mortality which prevailed among her -favourites in the course of the voyage, has so much diminished their numbers, as to render their conveyance a matter of little Comparative difficulty; had they.all survived, he must surely have had a carnage built for them on purpose!
I am happy I had not closed this packet, as it gives me an opportunity of recording a scene that has just now passed, while my heart still glows with the emotions it has excited.
The youth, whom I had the good fortune to protect, from the ruthless fangs of the press-gang, presented himself bedsore me, at an early hour this morning. —" You will think me a lad ungrateful "fellow, Sir," said he, " that I should "not have appeared to thank you, for "the very great service you rendered "me; but, the moment I obtained the "Captain's leave, I made the best of my "way out of this place; as I did cot think "I ihould be in safety, till I reached "home. I set off' on foot, and had got .". Jtather more than ten miks on my "journey last night, when I was over"taken by a fellow midshipman, who in"formed me of the loss you had sus"tained from the sharks of the custom "house ; I have got here, a bit of your "India sort of stuff, to take home to my "mother; but I know she would wear "nothing I brought her with any satis"faction, if she thought so meanly of "me, as that I could basely forget a debt "of gratitude." So saying, he pulled from his bosom a very handsome shawl, purchased no doubt, with the scanty earnings of his initiating voyage. "Here, "Sir," said he presenting it to me in a careless manner, as if in order to depreciate its value; " it is nothing to be sure "in comparison of the fine things you "have lost; but, as it is real Indian, it may ** be more acceptable to your English *** friends, than something much better "bought at home." There was something so open and ingenuous, in the countenance of the youth, while he spoke these words, which he did in the most impressive manner, that he altogether overpowered my feelings. Protecting power! I exclaimed, thou, whose mighty breath, can kindle in the human soul, the shame os virtue; oh! grant, that the son of Zaarmilla, may be capable of inspiring in the breast of a stranger, such sensations as the noble action of this youth causes now to glow in mine f Bat think not, excellent young man (continued I) that I can deprive thy mother of the gift of such a son. No, long may she wear this, and proudly may she exhibit it to her friends and neighbours as the sweet pledge of filial affection; more honourable than the gifts of princes! more precious than the jewels - of Golconda! I was interrupted by the Dewan, who had hitherto been a silent spectator of all that had passed. Shaking the youth heartily by the hand, " You "are a noble fellow," said he, "and I "must know more of you; but you "may make yourself perfectly easy about "this gentleman's losses, as I believe, "I have taken such steps, as will effect "their restitution; but I must let you "know where to find me, and assure "you, that wherever I am, there you ". shall have a friend." So saying, he gave him his address, enjoining him to call upon him as soon as he could find an opportunity. While he yet spoke, two men arrived, with the whole of the goods which had been seised by the pirates. The Dewan, desired each of us to pick out our own; but would give us no sa'tisfaction as to the manner in which he had effected their release;
I am told, the carriage waits for me, and must therefore conclude this long protracted journal.
May the Almighty Preserver, whose omnipotent arm hath safely guided me across the world of waters, to this remote corner of the habitable globe; He, whose essence pervades all space! shed the dews of his mercy, on the dwelling of my friend! may his choicest blessings rest on the child of my affections! the blossom of my heart! and may the sweet buds of hope, peace, and contentment, continue to expand in the virtuous bosom of my gentle Zamarcanda! What can 1 fay more?
-HIT length Maandaara, behold me in the metropolis of England, the celebrated city of London. My heart bounds within me at the idea of the new scenes I am about to behold. The pulse of-expectation beats in every vein.—I was all impatience, to deliver my letters of introduction; but, unluckily, we arrived at the very season of a solemn festival, which is very properly celebrated by the Chris
tians, incommemorationof aneveht which opeaed to their view the glorious hopes of rising from the bed of death,- to the regions of eternal glory !—You may well imagine that a- festival originating in such a soufce, is celebrated throughout the Christian world with appropriate solemnity. With thenai, the forms and ceremonies of their religion, remain not merely as a testimony of their superior piety which produced them. These institutions have not become a reproach to. the degeneracy o£ succeeding a-ges! They have act, with them, become a solemn; mockery! a satire upon a trifling, and frivolous generation! $o;. at the time of these bolydays, most of the femiKes of distinctioa retire- iota the country* that they may there enjoy the heart-* purifying benefit of solemn meditation* uninterrupted by the business, or plea*sures of the world. Ah! how edifying their devotion!—How exemplary their conduct!—-How happy for the community must it be, if the lower orders axe induced to tread in their foot-steps? The few people of rank who remain in town, are equally sedulous in prepaiing their minds for this devout solemnity.— They frequent no places that are not private:—private theatricals, private concerts private pharo-banks, I have already