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other domestick companions of his youth still remained in the family: tears spoke the sincerity of the many welcomes they bestowed on the traveller; while the hearty good will with which he received their salutations, gave a convincing proof, that neither time nor distance had changed the dispositions of his heart. Mr. Denbeigh, with that delicacy of attention which is peculiar to a few chosen minds, provided for me an apartment in a detached house, where my Hindoo servants were furnished with every requisite for preparing our simple meals according to the religion and customs of our country. To this apartment I retired during the dining hour of the family; and by the time I returned, I found that an acquisition had been made to the happy party of united friends, by the arrival of the two married daughters of Mr. Denbeigh, accompanied by the husband of the eldest. The countenance of this gentleman justified the character given him by Denbeigh, of worth and good-nature. He

was bred to business, and has by industry and application, obtained an ample share of the gifts of fortune, which he enjoys with cheerfulness, and bestows with the frankness of a generous heart. His wife seems happy in his affection, and in the enjoyment of a degree of good temper equal to his own. The countenance of the second sister bears a stronger resemblance to that of my friend; it speaks a soul endowed with superiour powers; a more refined sensibility, a more lively perception, a more cultivated taste. When the arrival of her husband (who had been detained by the business of his profession, which is that of a Physician) was announced, I marked the emotion of her spirits. She presented him to her brother, with an air that seemed to demand his approbation of her choice; nor was she disappointed: the appearance of the young man was too prepossessing to sail of making an immediate interest in the favour of my friend, whose sentiments were no sooner perceived by his sister, who eagerly watch

ed them in the expression of his counte-
nance, than her eyes sparkled with delight.
In a few minutes more, my friend had the
pleasure of embracing his two brothers: the
eldest, who is a year his senior, is now
priest of the neighbouring village. A man
of mild aspect, and gentle manners. At an
early age, he made a sacrifice of ambition
to love, and married a young woman, whose
dower was made up of beauty and good
temper.
Of the numerous offspring with which she
has presented him, the two eldest reside
with their grandfather—the youngest has
but two days seen the light; and all the
others their uncles have promised to pro-
vide for. So that the good man looks with
a smiling aspect upon futurity.
The youngest brother of my friend, is a
Professor of the Art of Surgery. A dapper
little gentleman, with a smart wit, and per-
fumed handkerchief. His brother Henry
says, he is a little affected by a disorder

| called Puppyism, but that he has sufficient

stamina in his constitution to conquer the disease; which, it seems, is a very common one at his time of life. Never did Calli,” in the progress of his eventful journey, behold a happier circle than that which now surrounded the hearth of Mr. Denbeigh. When I saw them sit down at the supper-table, I began to think the custom of social meals not altogether so ridiculous as I had hitherto considered it. At the conclusion of the repast, the cordial wish of health was mutually exchanged; and a glass filled with generous wine, was pressed to the lips of each, in token of sincerity. The cheerful song went round: every voice was in unison to strains of joy, and every countenance was irradiated with the smile of satisfaction. Before they parted for the night, the old gentleman, according to a very strange custom of his own, knelt down in the middle of his family, and while the tear of joy strayed down his venerable cheeks, offered up the sacrifice of thanks. giving to the throne of the Eternal Alas! this poor gentleman is not sufficiently enlightened to perform poojah to System. He has never been convinced, that vice and virtue are only qualities of imagination; and is deplorably ignorant of all theories, save that of a good conscience. —Nor has his wife advanced one step farther than himself, towards throwing off the prejudices of Christianity.—And what is still worse—the manner in which they have rivetted these prejudices in the minds of their children, scarcely admits a hope, that any of them will ever become converts to Atheism, or have sufficient spirit to exchange the morality of their Shaster, for the doctrine of external circumstances. On making inquiry of my friend concerning the cause of this phenomena, he informed me, that his father and mother, who were of different sects of Christians, agreed, that the religion taught their children should not be indebted for its support to the peculiar dog

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