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dressed the fair stranger :-“The melancholy l health. She had oursed-a consumptive veigh. event which has occurred to you, must be bour night and day, in spite of the warnings doubly aflicting in this dreary place. If your of the physician; she liad often inhaled her father's strength will allow of a gentle motion, infectious breath, and when the patient at we will carry him to a house where be shall length expired, my mother already earried the not want any convenience.”
seeds of death ia her bosom. She was loug ill.. Wilhelmina, with a look of gratitude, fixed My father, who loved her beyond expression, her large blue eyes suffused in tears upon the sought assistance far and wear, aud incurred young man ; and old Susan darted at hiin a considerable expences; 1o defray which he was glance of delight, as much as to say, in that obliged to abstain from every pleasure and inspeech I again recognize my kind Ernest. Only dulgence. All was in rain. At last he was ove doubt remained, whether the patient advised to go to a watering-place, as the only should be removed immediately, and couse- chance of saving her life. He solid his books quently be exposed to the nocturnal air, or and whatever lie could dispose of without her be suffered to remain in that damp chamber knowledge. Our journey was slow aud ex• till morning.
pensive, but llope was our companion. Too This question tbe auxious daughter durst soon, alas! were we forsaken by ber. lu the not venture to decide, but Mrs. Susan, wliu first day after our arrival at the baths, indeed had more experience in such matters, 80011 the spark of life seemed to revive, but it was came to a determination. « The vighit is only the last efort of exhausted nature-my warm,” said she, “the sky serene, and the air mother died.” refreshing. Besides, we can throw some more Wilhelmina's sobs, which fearful of awaking blankets on the bed, and I'll lay any wager be her father, slie strove to suppress, here interwill be all the better for changing this stinking lupted the narrative. Wallen thought of kennel for a clean cheerful room." Wilhel. Louisa, and was powerfully affetted. The miua nudtei assent with a smile, which burst fair stranger haviug somewhat conquered her through her grief: ber heart was too full to grief, thus proceeded:-peruit her to speak. But in order to exccute
« We are now on onr retorn home, and are what had been determined upon, it was neces- obliged to travel on foot, as my wother's fasary to fetch people and blankets. Wallen
neral took all we had but a few dollars. My would have gone for this purpose, but Mrs. father is old; he is yet strong, to be sure, and Susan prevented him. How was master to
has, fronu his youtb, been accustomed to traknow where to look for the blankets, as the velling on toot; so that I have no doubt that chest they were kept in did not stand in Jupi- be would have felt little inconvenience from ter ? 'The room, too, was to be prepared for the this tedious journey, had be not likewise been reception of the sick man, and this nobody oppressed by the heavy load of affliction could do as it ought to be done but herself.
this it was that overcome bim, and that will, Her legs, indeed, were not so obedient as ber I fear, sink bim into the grave. He appeared hands, but on this occasion she threw off the yesterday so exhausted as to be scarcely able weight of her years and infirmities, and set off, to proceed, though I carried our little bundle. leaving the gloomy philosopher alone with the He nevertheless mustered all his strength, defair Wilhelmina.
sirous of concealiug from me and himself that Reclining with folded arms against the bed- he was incapable of farther exertion. So late post, le contemplated her in silence, while ber as this mornivg his energetio sonl continued eyes were fixed oviy on her father. He felt vo
the struggle with his exhausted body; we por curiosity to know who she was; it seemed as sued our route-be walked before me, and thougb she were an old acquaintance. But with a loud voice began singing a morning when the patient fell into a sound slumber | hymu; but suddenly stopped, turned pale; which appeared to inake Wilhelmina more was seized with a shivering, and had not Procasy, she softly rose, approached her hospita- | vidence giren me sufficient strength almost ble visitor, and said in a wbisper, “ And would to carry him, be must have dropped upon the you give us lodging without knowing who we road. Fortunately this village was not far are ?"« What occasion is there for that "replied | distant. Scarcely bad we reached this place Wallen ; “ the distressed, be they who they | when the fever manifested itself; the last will, weed neither rank nor oame."
words he uttered werem Ah, what will be “ Our story is short," replied Wilhelmina ; come of thee?' on which he grew delirious,
my father is the curate of a village near and ceased to know me... Uobappy creature Zurich, in Switzerland. We were happy till that I am, doomed, perbaps, to be left a for a ferrible misfortune destroyed my mother's #lorn orpbau in a strange country!"
She wept bitterly. Walleo endeavoured to gaest, he behele the father and daughter cumfort her in a trenulous voice, for he was kneeling in prayer and returning thanks to himself moved to tears. “ 'Tis but fatigue," God, who in their greatest distress had resaid he," tsit has overcome your father; warded their unshaken faith in him. Their refreshment and rest will soon restore him ; backs were turned towards li'alleu; he softly he shall find both in my bouse, together with shut the door agaill, for fear of distarbing the tenderest sympathy, for I too have buried them, and walked fur balf au hour up and a beloved wife,'',
down the garden. Who could pray in that Wilcu's servants now arrived out of breath, manner?" thongbt lie. “ The faculty of fait in bringing whatever the patient was likely to is certainly all enviable one, but it is not to want, and much more, for in such cases Mrs. be acquired, even from the ixeavenly blue eyes Susan was disposed rather tu do too much thau of this excelleut giri I cannut jwbibe it.". 400 little. Tbc bed was carefully covererl, as Mrs Susan had also found the strangers enhad been agreed upon, tizen genily taken up
gaged in prayer, and listened to them witin and borne away. Walleu offered bis arm tu
pious curiosity. The father addressed the the daughter, and both followed close at the
Almighty with such fervoor, the daughter lis. heels of the bearers. Ou the way orne, Wai
tened to him with sach devotion, that neither jen did not once look up at the stars, though || of them hearil the suift step of the nurse. The he was delighted with ibeir brillianey, for be good old woman, thongli belonging to a diffia attentively observed how it was reflected from
rent sect, and not exactly a pattern of tvlerathe fair face of his companion. The latter tion, stood still deeply affected, folded her wept more bitterly than ever : it seemed, she hands, and with tears joined them in silent sail, as though she were once more following prayer; but when the guests with cheered spi. the corpse of her mother. At the same time rits rose and sumuk in each other's arms, slie she anxiously watched every step of the bear- could restrain berself no longer. After it wellers, and warned thein of every stone that lay in meant, but rather coarsely expressed congia
tulation ou the recorery of the father, she When they at length reached the aged liine li biglily commendeủ the piety of them both; trees near the mansion, and proceeded beneath and then shifting lier discourse to ber master, their branches, silent as the surrounding night, she spoke in warm terms of his many excelthe procession certainly resembled a fanerai. lent qualities, and had nothing to find fault Wilhelmina, to heep herself from sinking, was with, but his want of faith. This she laobliged to grasp Wallen's arm more firmly; mented with an inexhaustible Aw of elobut on the steps that led up to the house, 1 quence, only 1now and tben interrupted by the every thing assumed a more cheerful appear. stories which she introduced; as, how she auce; bere ibe old gardener waited for them had carried him in her arms, had taught him with torches; the staircase was brilliantly when a boy the finest prayers, and potuith. lighted, and at the top a door opened into a standing all this she wow lived to see... litre lofty apartment which Mrs. Susan had tho- she paused; a sorrowful look, a shudder, inroughly aired. A soft bed which the kind trayed what she durst not express, that she creature had well warmed, stood ready to re- looked upon her master as eternally damned. ceive the patient. Into this he was gently The curate, in order to comfort her, ob. lifted; he awoke still delirions, but scarcely served, that God will not judge mankind by did he enjoy the comforts of which he had their fairii, but by their conduct; but he long been deprived, when he fell into a sounder clearly perceived that by this remark hic bad, sleep than ever. Susan began to make pre- iu Mrs. Susan's opinion, proclaimed bimself a parations to sit up with him, but Wilhelmina | beretic. She shook her head and withdrew, smiled and shook her head, as much as to say | casting ou him a look of mingled pity and abhow can any body dispute that right with me? horrence. A sofa placed close beside her father's bed was In a few days Wallen heard with concern
for fourteen nights her couch, which sleep his grateful guests speak of their intention of very rarely visited.
speedily prosecuting their journey. In the Walleu bud prophesied truly. Repose, wine, few weeks which they had passed with him, and the kindness of his excellent host, were he liad been accustomed to their society, and the only remedies that tbe old man wauted for to see Wilhelmina every day was now a matter his recovery. In the third week he was able of indispevsible necessity. As long as she 'to leave his bed.
supposed her father to be in danger, all her One day when Wallen gently opened the thoughts and feelings centered in him, and so door, to pay his usual worning visit to his long slie bad ou eyes, and but few words for
her attentive host. But when the old man mina's grateful louk and deep respiration asbegan daily to gain new strength, the beaute. nounced ibat a load of apsiety was removed ous flower which during the tempest had closeul frons her heart. They departed. Wallen was its leaves, agaia expanded, and Wilhelmina i seated the whole day opposite to the fair Wil. displayed an understanding that was worthyhelmina, in a carriage of not the largest dimeu. of hey heart. " How, if she were to supply sions. When weither of them could raise she place of my Louisa :" was an idea that their eyes, without encountering those of the wonid frequently steal across Wallen's mind other, and their knees met at every jult of This idea he encouraged, and was fout of con- the vehicle. To a young man such a sitaasidering in the most favourable points of view. tion cannot but be dangerous, let kiin be as
A timid misérust restrained the declaration much of a philosopher or astronomer as he of his passion. Lonisa had loved him as ar-pleases. True it is, that half of the danger dently as he had loveil ber. Who could tell might easily have been avoided, for there sebut what were gratitude, or perhaps even a mained one vacant place in the carriage ; view to his fortune might cumuct the second | Wallen needed only bave seated himself op wife into bis arms. On this account he con-posite to tbe father; his eye would then bare cealed bis feelings, however delicions was the met only the renerable features of the curate, influence of the genial warmth of spring, and none of those perilons, thongb accidental which, after so long a winter, had once upore contacts would have taken place. But such penetrated his heart. He resolved, indeed, to was the arrangement made on first getting aceompany his guests to Switzerland; but he into the carriage, and made, perbaps, with the persmarice himself that his only motive was to most innocent intention, with a view to the force, in a delicate manner, the convenience | old gentleman's convenience, and afterwards of a carriage upon the convalescent, to whom nobody bad a thonght of altering it. At the he was afraid of vtlering money.
same time that Wallen's senses were thus as." wias pover in Switzerland,” said he with saulted, love made a still more impetuvas ateu air of the most unaffected simplicity, 10tack on bis vugnarded beart. He was not the old man; “ your daughter's descriptions merely transpurted by the smiles of the sweet Brave awakened a dormant curiosity, which I lips opposite to his, but captivated by the some years since cherished, to visit that bean- \ wil and intelligence of the remarks whiela tiful country. I have no business to prevent they uttered. The beauteous blue eyes not one I will therefore accompany you.
My only shamed the corn-fovers which they carriage is large and courenient; I will take passed, but very often expressed exquisite sen. you in it, and shall thus be relieved from sibility. Every day Louisa's image grew pruch solicitude, lest a relapse by the way more and more faint in Wallen's mind, while should reduce you to a second dilemma; for 1 he inspression produced by Wilhelmina, w cannot be easy till I conduct you safe tu your strengthened in the same proportivo. on baloitation." Oswald, for that was the name of the Swiss,
(To be continued.) pressert bis hand with emotion, u bile Wilhel
VISIT TO THE NUNNERY;
MR. EDITOR, Maring inet with the following Story in the prirate journal of a friend, I send it to you for the amusement of your Fair Renders. The occurrences uctually look pluce not many years since in Indiw; amongst those whose pity will be exerted by it, for an injured and interesting female, some may perkups recollect the incident. You may therefore depend upon its being authentic, though from motores V dilicacy, the names of the purties are concealed.
SUNDAY, sth MARCH, 1709, P. M.-Light || love, and all the blandishments of social life, breezes froin the eastward; at three, opened serve at the same time as a beacon to the seaSt. George's Isluuds, and soon descried the worn mariner, and mark the sonthern point of content of Nuestru Senhora, whose white walls, the Bay of Alguarda, at the confluence of the whilst they inclose some of the fairest daugh. River Mandova with the Arabian Gulpb, leacto iers et Portugal, secluding them from uvai 'l ing up to the city of Goa.
Our course along shore was abreast of land religious recluse, Donna Maria de S---d, who swelling into lofty mountains covered with bad been the friend of ber early infancy, but toliage and verdure to their very summits, whom she had not seen for many years, al. whilst slips of low ground between the bills though a correspondence, at times bad suband sea, covered with mangroves and rattan, sisted between them; and as she was very and chequered at intervals by the majestic | anxious to visit her fair friend, who was then palm, gave shade and shelter to the peaceful in the convent of St. at Goa, she joined Hindou.
our party for the afternoon, togetber with her In the evening went into the Bay, whose || busband and cbildren. As the habitations of broad expanse surrounded by undulating emni- the Portuguese settlers are principally on the nences, some of wbich were crowned with banks of the Mar.duva, which separates into churches and monasteries, formed a pleasing two branches some miles above Goa, thus eoutrast with the woody coast to the porth. i forming an island of twelve miles in length, ward. Anchored about three miles from the and six or seven in breadth, travelling is geneentrance of the river, which is marked by some rally performed by water. For this purpose low islands covered with mangroves aud other the gentry have large gondolas, in imita. aquatic trees, extending along the southern tion of those of Venice, elegantly ornamented shore, until they reach the high land on which with silk curtains often fringed with gold, and the couveut stauds.
their family arms carved and gilt on the caI must confess, from the description I had nopy which covers the after-part of the boat. heard of this convent whilst at Bonibay, that Knowing that we should be adæitted under the I felt a strong inclination to turn Knight sanction of our fair companion into the conErrant, and rescue the imprisoned damsels vent, we were all extremely anxious to know from the iron pangs of bigotry and supersti- the bistory of the interesting recluse. Mrs. tion, and to bring them into a sit nation where therefore gratified our euriosity whilst their beauties might expand to the opening proceeding up the river. Donna Maria de day:
S--d, was the daughter of a Portuguese “ But fute forbade, nor circumscribed alone
gentleman residing at an English settlement My daring wishes,”
on the Malabar coast, and was early distin.
guished for her beauty and sweetness of temFor I believe all my messmates felt the same per, and for a share of good sense which sliew. glowing ardour. The setting sun, now throw ed itself even in spite of that contracted edu. ing ber last parting rays on these devoted | cation which was all that the country afforded walls, whilst all around was softening into her. Brought up under parents, who were sbade, soon sunk below the horizon, and a strict and bigotted Catholics, she still preserve short-lived twilight gave way to silence and to ed a liberality of sentiment, though her gentle night. Yet pity for these ill-fated beings did disposition prompted her to yield in all points not so soon leave our breasts; nor could we, implicit obedience to those parents thus teach. whilst traversing the deck, avoid comparing | ing her, almost ju infancy, to practise that tbeir lot with that of our fair countrywomen heaven descended virtue-resignation ! ou England's liappy shore.
At the age of sixteen she accompanied her Al dawn ofday, our party being arranged, | parents to Madras, where she soon became we set oft' in the cutter, and arrived at Panjeem acquainted with an amiable English youth, to breakfast, at the bouse of Don Antonio de Henry M, who had lately arrived from P, agent for our India Company; in this Europe, as a writer in the Company's service.' village, which is about four miles from Goa,
A mutual attachment soon began to twine all the principal people have for some years round their hearts, but Henry was an heretic, hxed tbeir residence, on account of the extreme and she was strictly forbidden ever again to ophealthiness of the city itself; and here we see him. spent the day during tire extreme heat, in order At this crisis a Portuguese gentleman of that an early dinner should give us au oppor. middle age, whose relations resided in one of tunity of visiting Goa with niore convenience. our settlements, but who had been for some
At the hospitable board of Don Antonio, we years settled in the Portuguese service at Mawere joined by some more of our friends froin cao in China, arrived at Madras; he was introthe ship, amongst whom was a lady, a native duced to the faroily of Doona Maria, and was of Iudia, proceeding to Europe with her hus. so much charmed with her as to offer terms band and tbree lovely children. This lady to her parents, which they were too prudent to was particular in her enquiries respecting a refuse. Being obliged to return immediately
tu Macao, he was anxious to hasten the inar- inside the gate to the Lady Abbess, and Don riage, and in the saine moment in wbich he Juse on some trifing pretence went out, to was introduced to Maria as a lover, she was return no more! The gates of the convent ordered to receive him as a husband.
were now closed upon her, and a small stipend Knowing that remonstrance would have no being allowed according to custom, the effect on her parents, she endeavoured to sti- weeping and thus widowed mouroer had dras. mulate tbe pride and self-love, as well as the ged on a lingering existence for seven years, honour of her new admirer, by telling bim that without any exterior consolation except that her heart was already engaged; this however ofa casual correspondence with her earliest seemed only to prompt him to hasten the wed-friend, whose letters were sometimes, though ding, which took place in a few days from that not always, transmitted to her. time.
Whilst commiserating the fate of the poor The honey moon bad scarcely elapsed, when Maria, a sudden bend in the river brought the Don Jose took bis passage in a country ship city of Goa, with its proud lowers and turrets, bound to Chiva, intending to return in a few to our view. Standing on a lusty bill crowned months. He left his fair bride however with by the Cathedral of St. Thomas, and em. her faqpily; but after an absence of a year, bosomed in trees with the pinnacles of numreturned to Madras, wbere he found the love- berless religious edifices peeping through the ly Maria, with a smiling infant in her arms; dark green of the surrounding foliage, it rose but at the first sight of his wife and child, the like encbautment to our view, and a few clemon of jealousy took possession of his soul! minutes lirought us to the wharf at the waterIt is needless to mentiou that the climate of port; clase to this wharf stands the viceJudia has had such an effect on the descendants | regal palace, whose lofty grey walls, built after of the original Portuguese settlers, as to give the Moorish fasbion, gave us rather the idea of ibem a linge approaching to the negro; this a prison than of the residence of a representa: however is contived to the men, as the women iive of royalty. The gate into the city is in general are not darker than the Portuguese under this palace, and as we crossed its desertJadies in Europe. But Donna Maria herself, ed coarts, a chilling gloom was thrown over as her grandmother had been an English wo- our minds, which was not lesseved by conmap, was much fairer than those oriental des templating the frowning statues of Vasco de cendants of Lusitania ; and her hair, iustead Gama, and of Alphonso de Albuquerque, of a jetty black, approached nearer to the love which stand over the portal, as the guardian ly auburn of English beauty. Her infant was genii of the place. This palace is now merely fairer than eyeu ils ill faled mother, and its kept for purposes of state, the Viceroy resiu. locks of glossy browu tyining over a rosy dim- ing always at Pamjeem. Emerging from these pled cheek, struck like a dagger to the heart of gloomy walls, we entered a spac.ous street, The suspicious father, stirring up every jealous whose lofty houses which all seemed recently and revengeful passion in his breast, and giv. white washed, impressed us at first sight with ing a deeper tivge to his sumbre couute- high expectations ; but alas! the grass was
growing iv the streets, the houses were desertHe did not brood long over his suspicions, ed, their doors, balconies, and window-lattices nor did be, by expressing his jealousy, afford falling to decay. Donua Maria any opportunity of vindicating We traversed several streets of the same herself from an improper conduct with the un- sombre appearance, meeting only a few tall fortunate Henry, who was then lingering out | ghastly figures, whose long white robes and existence at one of the interior factories. Yet broad brimmed hats, diversified only by the still prompt to revenge his supposed dis- cordon of St. Francis, or the black scapulary honour, be expressed a wish to present his of St. Dominic, gave a kind of death-like aniwife and child to his relations on the other mation to this scene of universal silence and side of ludia ; and a Portuguese ship laying desolation. in the roads ready to sail, they embarked on Proceeding the Bazar, which had former. board ber.
!y resounded with the uoise of commerce, from This ship was to touch al Goa, and on their | the voices of merchants of an hundred nations, arrival there, Dou Juse proceeded to the city the sound even of our footsteps seemed to echo with Donna Maria and her little one. Curie around, and we were only interrupted by the esity prompted them to visit the convent of respectful salaums of a few of the poor nilives, St. me; Donna Maria, with the smiling une wboni we judged to be Christians from the conscious iufant in her arms, was introduced | leaden crucifixes and agni dei, with which they