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coloured objects of her aunt's affection such an expressive glance as seems to say they are almost as bad. Of this young lady I can say little, but that she appears gay and good humoured. The Surgeon, indeed, from whom I have all my information respecting 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 Lackshmee,” who must obtain the smiles of the Goddess before he can procure the hand of 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 sad bustle has just taken place. One of the little boys having been allured into the great cabin by the comical tricks of a Marmozet, was attacked by a huge Baboon, one of the fiercest animals in Mrs. 2
s collection. His cries soon gave the alarm; every one 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 say nothing of the squalling of the parrots and maccaws, made altogether such a noise that the thunder of the contending element could 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 gentle
ness, 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 more of passion 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 and 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 possession than for the orphan child of any friend on earth.
Intelligence is just brought me of our having cast anchor in the road of Madrass. —I will from thence send you this letter. May it find you in the possession of the best blessings of life, health, and tranquillity
What can I say more :
WOL. II. 2
The day after I concluded my epistle 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 superiour size, sent by the king of England to protect the fleet of the company. The gentleman who I mentioned to you in my last, proves indeed a valuable acquisition to our society. He, alas ! returns to his country, not loaded with the riches of India, but possessing in his mind a treasure, more desirable than any wealth can purchase. It is from the sneer of worthless prosperity, from the contumely of successful pride, that Mr. Delo
* Which letter does not appear—and is supposed by the Editor to have been lost.
mond goes to hide his misfortunes in the oblivious shade of retirement. “When the frowns of fortune are excessive, and human endeavours are exerted in vain, where but in the wilderness can comfort be found for a man of sensibility ?” Such an one is Delomond; unable to struggle with the tempestuous gales of adverse fortune, he declines the contest. The pride of talents, and the consciousness of rectitude, may, he thinks, support him in his solitude; though he has found, from his experience, that they are often an obstacle to advancement in the world : the path that leads to fortune too often passing through the narrow defiles of meanness, which a man of an exalted spirit cannot stoop to tread. The manly elegance with which Nature has endowed this Saib, together with an air of dignity which marks his whole deportment, commands the admiration of the whole party ; even the lady of the Dewan, relaxing from the haughty languor of her usual manner, condescends to address him