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preparations for the conveyance of: bis : family. His lady's extreme delicacy not permitting her to submit to the ordinary inode of travelling, in hired carriages, he has been obliged to purchase one 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 carriage built for them on purpose !
I am happy I bad 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 bea fore me, at an early hour this morning. -". You will think me a fad ungrateful “ fellow, Sir," said he, “ that I should so 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 beft of my « way out of this place; as I did not think “ I should be in safety, till I reached “ home. I fet off on foot, and had got “ rather more than ten miles on my
*journey last night, when I was overs taken by a fellow midshipman, who in« formed me of the loss you had suf66 tained from the sharks of the custom 6 house ; I have got here, a bit of your .“ India fort of stuff, to take home to my “ mother; but I know she would wear “ nothing I brought her with any fatif- 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 fhawl, purchased no doubt, with the scanty earnings of his initiating voyage. “ Here, .“ Sir,” said he presenting it to me in acareless 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 66 friends, than something much better 366 bought at home." There was some. thing so open and ingenuous, in the countenance of the youth, while he spoke these words, which be did in the most impressive manner, that he altogether Coverpowered my feelings. Protecting power! I exclaimed, thou, whose mighty breath, can kindle in the human soul, the Shame of virtue ; oh! grant, that the fon of Zaarmilla, may be capable of infpiring in the breast of a stranger, fuch
sensations as the noble action of this youth causes now to glow in mine! But think not, excellent young man (continued I) that I can deprive thy mother of the gift of such a son. No, long may The wear this, and proudly may the 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 filent .fpectator of all that had pafled. Shaking the youth heartily by the band, “ You “ are a noble fellow," faid 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 affure .« you, that wherever I am, there you “ Thall 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 fatisfaction as to the manner in which he bad effected their release. .
I am told, the carriage waits for me, and must therefore conclude this long protracted journal.
May the Almighty Preferver, whose omnipotent arm hath safely guided me across the world of waters, to this remote corner of the habitable globe; He, whofe essence pervades all space! shed the dews of his mercy, on the dwelling of my friend! may his choicest blessings reft on the child of my affections! the bloffom
heart! and may the sweet buds of hope, peace, and contentment, continue to expand in the virtuous bofom of my gentle Zamarcanda! What can I say more?
L E T T E R XIII.
AT 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 folemn festival, which is very properly celebrated by the Chris.
tians, in commemoration of an event which : opened 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 feftival originating in such a fourcey is celebrated throughout the Christian world with appropriate folemnity. With them, the forms and ceremonies of their religion, remain not merely as a testimony of their superior piety which produced them. These institus iions have not become a reproach to the degeneracy of succeeding ages! They have not, with them, become a solemn mockery! a fatine upon a trifing, and frivolous generation ! No; at the time of thefe holydays, maft of the families of distinction retire into the country, that they may there enjoy the beartpurifying benefit of folemn meditation, uninterrupted by the bufiness, or pleaa. fures of the world. Ah! how ecifying their devotion !-How exemplary their conduct!-How happy for the community must it be, if the lower orders are induced to tread in their foot-fteps ! The few people of rank who remain in town, are equally fedulous in preparing their minds for this devout folemnity.They frequent no places that are not private: private theatricals, private concerts private pharo-banks, I have already