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By ELIZA. HAMILTON.
Praise to Varuna! under the guidance of whose potent arm, behold thy friend surrounded by the billows of the mighty ocean.
The most sublime objects alone present themselves to my view. Above is the azure canopy of Heaven, in which “the goldcrowned Sultan of the firmament advances the standard of his brightness;' and without rival or competitor, enjoys the solitary grandeur of imperial state. Belony is the boundless expanse of waters, the congregated waves of which, like the chiefs of some great republick, alternately rise into the majesty of power, and retire into the peace of obscurity. From the benevolence and friendship of Captain Grey, I received every assistance in preparing for my voyage, and procured every necessary that could tend to its comfort. I have also from him Letters of introduction to his friends, with a sketch of the character of each, so that I shall have the advantage of a sort of pre-acquaintance in a land of strangers. From Morton, I have received letters for his mother and sisters, accompanied by some valuable presents, which the generous hand of Grey enabled him to procure for them. This young man has made a rapid progress in my esteem : his mind seems formed for the residence of virtues; nor is there any reason to apprehend that the head-strong
passions of youth will ever be able to drive her from her seat. I have not forgotten the sister of my friend, the long lamented Percy. For her I have made a selection of whatever I thought could be acceptable : and the idea of presenting it in person affords great delight to my mind—Jeo-doss, to whom, as well as to my other servants, I gave the liberty of returning to Kuttaher, so earnestly entreated for leave to accompany me, that I consented; and also at their own desire have kept two more of my own people, all of whose services I find very useful to me in this floating castle; where, in spite of every precaution, I confess many things occur disgusting to delicacy and abhorrent to the nice feelings of propriety. I was accompanied to the ship by Grey, Morton, and some other friends, who have distinguished themselves by their particular kindness to me. Even Cooper, wild and eccentrick as he is, would not suffer me to depart without some token of his kindness.