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He brought me a cap lined with the finest fur, which he told me would be of service in the cold climate I was about to encounter. The pang of regret penetrated my heart, when I bade the last farewell to these amiable friends; but when the ship was put in motion, and I saw those blest shores, “the favoured seats of the Gods of India,” recede from my sight, my heart grew faint within me, and all my philosophy was insufficient to re-invigorate my sinking courage. Sickness in a short time took from me the power of thinking. I have suffered under it so severely, that I have hitherto been unable to enjoy the society of my fellowpassengers, the female part of whom are still confined to their apartments by the cruel effects of this sea nausea, the most intolerable of all diseases Upon the quarter-deck, I have met the husband of one of these ladies, who was ——of , in which station he acquired a fortune, which though not the tenth of the sum that a Mussulman Dewan would have acquired, will, I am told, be sufficient to give him distinction in his own countryThe Commander of the ship, though among his men he appears like a lion of the forest, is to his passengers gentle as the deer of the mountain. I have already been much indebted to his politeness and civility. I have the same acknowledgment to make to the Surgeon, a young man whose quick and penetrating eye gives the promise of genius and discernment.
TIME, that great Physician, having in some degree reconciled our stomachs to the motion of the vessel, I have had the pleasure of being introduced to the fair companions of our voyage, who are three in number.
The first is the wife of the Dewan; her features are regular, but so insipid that I should not fail to pronounce her equally void of sense and feeling, was it not for the unlimited affection she evinces towards the animal creation, which she carries to as exalted a height as any Hermit of Cummow. Surrounded by Parrots, Lorys, Maccaws, small Dogs, Persian 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 superiour degree of pleasure in contemplating the uneffected 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 at that time sanction their union : for in 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 family The affection of these lovers at length triumphed over every difficulty: the gentleman went to India, where, in process of time, he was promoted to the of ,and 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 inconveniencies 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 wise adviser, the faithful
friend. But, alas! while fondly looking forward to a long period of felicity, the stroke of death suddenly destroyed the fair but fallacious prospect. You will, perhaps, think but indifferently of her, who in such circumstances would persevere in preserving life:—But it is the custom of her nation ? And she perhaps imagines, that she may as effectually 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 of the party, is a great annoyance to the monkeyloving Bibby, who declares, that “ of all the odious torments of a long voyage, that of being teased with the noise of children is the worst.” At the sound 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 Dewan casts towards the many