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Cats, and Monkeys of every description, she seems attracted towards them by a mysterious sympathy; while if her languid eyes are cast towards any of the company, it is only to express the language of disdain.
Notwithstanding my admiration of this amiable protectress of the brute creation, I cannot help feeling a superior degree of pleasure, in contemplating the unaflected charms, and unassuming loveliness of a young widow; the beauty of whose countenance is shaded, though not concealed, by the veil of sorrow. Whilst bestowing on her fatherless babes the soft caresses of maternal tenderness, I have observed the tear which glistened on the silken fringe of her fine black eyes, mingled with the smiles of tender complacency.
Betwixt this Lady and her husband, at an early period of life, a mutual attachment had taken place. Prudence could not ar that time sanction their union: serin a country where luxury has fixed her residence, it becomes difficult to procure the necessaries of existence, and without these, how would a man answer the calls of an infant farftily? The affection of these lovers, at length triumphed over every difficulty: the gentleman went to India, where/ in process of time,' he
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no sooner found himself in a situation to support a family, than he claimed the promise of his betrothed bride, who, throwing aside the timidity of her sex, and unprotected, save by the modest dignity of virtue, nobly braved the inconveniences and hazards of an Indian voyage. She was received with transport by her anxiously expecting lover, whose happiness was completed by their immediate union. Their's was not that; transient glow of joy, which, like the crimson-tinted cloud of morning, vanishes while gazed on; it was permanent as pure. Each met in each the enlightened companion, the wife adviser, the saithful friend. Eut, alas! while fondly. looking forward to a long period of fe-, lieity, the stroke of death, suddenly destroyed the fair, but fallacious prospect. You will, perhaps, think but indifferently of her, who in such circumstances, would peisevere in preserving life:—But it is the custom of her nation I And she perhaps imagines, that slie may as estectually evince her regard to the memory of her husband, by devoting herself to the care and education of his children, as if she had mingled her ashes with his.
Three fine boys look up to her for protection, and already begin to benefit by her instructions, Their innocent vivacity, though' a source of amusement to most os the party, is a great annoyance to the monkey-loving Bibby, who declares, that "of all the odious tor"ments of a long voyage, that of being *' teized with the noise of children is the "worst." . At the found of her voice, the dissonant screams of her feathered favourites, seem to ratify the declaration of their fair benefactress; whilst the young and lively niece of the Dew au, casts towards the many-cdfoured objects of her aunt's affection, such an expressive glance, as seems to fay, they are aimoji as bad.
Of this young lady I can fay little, but that she appears gay, and good humoured. The Surgeon, indeed, from whom I have all my information lefpecting my fellow voyagers, tells me, that she had been brought to India by her uncle, in order to be married to the gentleman, who was to succeed him in his appointment; but that on the voyage from Europe, a mutual affection had taken place between her, and a young votary of Laekfhmi *, who must obtain the smiles os'the Goddess, before he can procure the handof his mistress. Her uncle, in the mean while, insists on her return to Europe; and from the.hilarity of her countenance, I should not suppose the disappointment to have entered deeply into her heart.
A sod bustle has just taken place. One of the little boys having been allured into the great cabbin, by the comical tricks of a Marmozet, was attacked by a huge Baboon, one of the fiercest animals in Mrs. - - - - 's collection. His ciies Jbon gave the alarm; everyone flew to "the place from whence they issued. No description can give any idea of the confused scene which followed. The voice of the sufferer, was soon lost in universal uproar. The screams of the ladies, the chattering of the monkeys, the barking of the dogs, to fay nothing of the squalling of the parrots and maccaws, made altogether, such- a noise, that the thunder of the contending elements cculd scarcely have'been heard in it. When peace was "at length restored, and the little boy, whose leg was sadly torn, had been committed to the care of the surgeon, the Dewan ventured to remonstrate with his fair partner, on the numbers, and bad behaviour of her favourites. It was a tender point; the very mention of it, though managed with the utmost gentleness, threw her into a paroxysm of anger, which at length terminated in a flood of tears. In truth, there appeared to me in these tears, so much mote of passicn than of tenderness, that -I - could not regard them as any ornament to the cheek of beauty! Perhaps you may blame my insensibility, and bestow more unbounded admiration on this benevolent woman, who generously prefers the welfare aud happiness of her tailed, and feathered favourites, to the peace and comfort of her husband; and whose heart expands, with more lively affection, for the meanest quadruped in her posseffion, than for the orphan child of any friend on earth.
Intelligence is just brought me of our having cast anchor in the road of Madrase. —I will from thence send you this letter. May it find you in the posseffion of the best blessings of life, health, and tranquillity! What can 1 fay more?
A HE day after I concluded my epiule from Madrass *, we returned on board Our ship, and the morning following weighed anchor, and proceeded on our voyage, in company with many floating fortresses of superior size, sent by the king of England, to protect the fleet os the Company. The gentleman who I mentioned to you in my last, proves indeed a valuable acquisition to our society.
* Which letter does not appear—and is suppose J by the Eclifor it have been loll.