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heard of; and I make no doubt, there are numerous other places of private resort, equally honourable to religion, and favourable to virtue!
By the kind care of my friend Delomond, I am provided with a very convenient lodging, in the street which leads to the King's palace. This palace is, in truth, but a mean building, very unlike the Durbar of an Eastern Monarch. · I have spent the greater part of the week, in taking a survey of the town, and examining its temples, and other public buildings. The extent of this metropolis, though it shrinks into inlignificance, when compared with the Im. perial residence of our ancient Rajahs, the celebrated birth place of Rama*, or the Ganga-washed walls of Canonge t; is yet fufficiently great, to strike with astonishment the insignificant mortal, who has beheld only the modern cities
-* Oude, faid in the Mahhabaret, to have been the first regular imperial city of Hindooftan, and extended, if we may believe the Bramins, over a line of ten Yogans, or about forty miles; and the present city of Lucknow, was only a lodge for one of its gates.
of Canouge, a celebrated ancient city of Hindoo. stan, on the banks of the Ganges; whose walls are said in the Mahhabaret, to have been one hundred miles in circumference.
of Hindoostan. · The foot-paths which are raised at the sides of every street, are filled with a busy throng, where it is curious to behold women, as well as men, apparently intent upon business, entering into the shops, and making purchases, with the undaunted mien of masculine afsurance. Far from walking along the streets with that timid air of shrinking modesty, which distinguishes the fe. males of our race , when they venture into the walks of men, their fearless eye undaunted meets the glances of every beholder; and happy is it for the men of the country, that it doth fo; for if modesty was super-added to their other charms it would be impoffible to guard the heart from their fascinating influence.
Having beard that the first day of the week, Audeetye-wart, was appointed for attending the worship of the Deity in public; I expressed to Delomond, my wish of being present at the folemnity. He declined accompanying me; but
* See the elegant engravings, illustrative of Mr. Hodges's remarks on this subject, in his Travels in
+ It is very remarkable, that the days of the week are named in the Shanferit language, from the same planets to which they were afligned by the Greeks and Romana
feat to a Lady of his acquaintance, to beg, she would accommodate me with a feat 'in her pew.-These pews, are little in. closures, into which the greatest part of the temple is sub-divided. We walked up to that which belonged to this Bibby, preceded by one of her servants, who opened the door of the pew, and followed by another in the same livery, who carried the books of prayer; with which having presented us, be retired. I have already observed to you, how scrupulously the Englith Christians adhere to thofe precepts of their Shafter, which feem to discountenance the outward appearance of a religious sentiment; and fo ri. gorously do they abstain from the display of these delightful emotions, that they wbo will thankfully acknowledge the most trifling obligation conferred upon them by the meanest of their fellow-creatures, would blush to be suspected of gratitude to the beneficent Governor of the Universe ! Instead of behaving in this temple, as if they had affembled together to fend up their united tribute of praise, thanksgiving, and humble supplication, to the Most High, so fuccessfully did they af, fect the concealment of their devotional sentiments, that no one could have fufpected they had met together for any other purpose, but that of staring at each
other's drefs! I must, however, make an, exception in regard to a small number of people, very plainly habited, who stood during the fervice, in a part of the church called the aisle, these appeared not to have arrived at fuch a state of perfe&tion. They could not affect indifference, as they joined in the petition for averting the punishment of fins; nor conceal the interest they had in the glad tidings of eternal happiness. They liftened with peculiar complacency to the accounts of him, who “ came to preach the gofpel · " to the poor;", and the hopes of his favour feemed to irradiate with joy the bolom of refignation. A female of advanced life, in whom all these emotions were discernable, particularly arrested my attention. The paleness of her countenance, fpoke her want of health, and the lines which sorrow had traced in it, accorded with the fable weeds of widowhood, which she wore. She appeared ready to faint from the fatigue of long standing, and made a modest application to à perfon, who feemed to act as porter of the pews, for admittance into one of them. To my astonishment, she met with a refusal; nor did any one of the gorgeously apparelled Christians who fat in them, appear to be any way concern. ed for her fixation; indeed, they all seem.
ed to regard those who worshipped God from the aisle, as if they had been beings of an inferior race. I was, however, well convinced, that Christianity. admits of no such distinctions; and supposing the Christian Lady who sat by me, though her eyes were roving to all parts of the temple, was, in reality, too much engaged in her devotions, to observe what paffed, I took the liberty of acting for her, and opening the door of the pew, invited the poor fick stranger to a feat. At that moment, the priest was preferring a pe. tition, in favour of all “ fatherless chil“ dren, and widows, and all who are
defolute and oppressed;" to which the great Lady had just uttered the response of, “ We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord !” — when observing the poor woman by her side, her face instantly flushed a deep crimfon; rage and indignation darted from her eyes, and, telling the fainting stranger, that “ she was very “ impudent, for daring to intrude herself “ into her presence,” she turned her out into the aisle. I was weak enough, to he fhocked at the behaviour of this welldressed votary of Christianity, Ah! thought I, can it be, that this woman should be so conscious of her superiority, in every thing which conftitutes distinction in the eye of the Omnipotent, as to