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began to fing, and make a number OF SENSIBILITY AND AFFECTION
of humiliating gestures, to impress IN AN INDIAN WOMAN OF ONE
the crew with a favourablc opinion OF THE ISLANDS ON THE NORTH of him. At length, his confidence WEST COAST OF AMERICA. increased, he satisfied his curiosity,
and returned to his wife; who, after (From Captain Dixon's Voyage round the giving her infant a maternal kiss
, got World.]
up the side of the vessel without RÉVIOUS to the arrival of hesitation : when advanced to the
Captains Dixon and Portlock quarter-deck, the signified, with i off King George's Sound, on the modest diffidence in her looks, that 14th August 1787, they had coasted the only wanted to see the flip. off several small islands, which they This woman was neatly dressed after named Queen Charlotte's Illands. the fashion of her country;-her un. In some of them, the Indians were der garment, made of fine tanned very jealous of their women, and leather, fat close to her body, and would feldom permit them to go on reached from her neck to the calf of board the Englila veffels. Oihers, her leg; her cloak, or upper garon the contrary, though in adjacent ment, was rather coarser, it fat loose places, not only permitted, but urged like a petticoat, and was tied with their females to go on the decks, and leather strings. Captain Dixon this with the fole view to plunder made her a present of a strisg of the vessels; a commission which, it beads for an ornament to each ear, seems, they executed with as much and a number of buttons; with which dexterity as if they had been edu- "lhe was so highly pleased, that the cated on board the Justitia hulk: made her best acknowledgments, and and yet, amidit this prevalent talte departed. Scarcely was she got infor thievery, an instance of fenfibi. , to the canoe, before a number of wolity occurred which would not have men Hocked about her; and, seeing disgraced the female sex of civi- the beads in her cars, began to talk lized countries.
very clamorously; most probably A chief and his wife, belonging taxing her with incontinence, for to one of these islands, being very lhe immediately clasped the infant defirous to sec Captain Dixon's fhip, to her breast with unipeakable fond. permission was granted : they had a ness, and burst into a flood of tears : little child with them, of which they at length, however, the tender foothseemed particularly fond; and not ings of her husband, and some apowilling to trust it with their attend- logies froin her offending friends, or ants in the canoé, the chief went on attendants, restored the fond mother board by himself
, leaving the tender to her wonted cheerfulness and trancharge with his wife. When the quillity. When harmony tvas obtain. poor man first got on deck, he ap- ed in the canoe, the chief held up his peared to be greatly frightened, and child to the people on deck, and en
THE FAMILY AND
COOKERY AT ATOUI.
deavoured to make them sensible, whole time of dinner, attendants that it was equally dear to him as were in waiting to open cocoa-nuta
, his wife; intimating, at the same whenever the guests wanted to allay time, that, though he had received their thirst. The writer of this ac. no present, it was his with that his count says, that every attention was little one should be remembered : paid with as much exactness as might Captain Dixon therefore gave the have been expected at a guinea ordichild a couple of toes, at which the nary in England ; and that the pig father was wonderfully pleased ; and was done to a turn! a few buttons being distributed amongst the women in the canoe, it served to convince them, that the AFFECTING CIRCUMSTANCES crew did not consider such trifles as
RELATIVE TO a purchase of their fidelity.
FATE OF A MAHOMEDAN CHIEF, The women of these islands orna. WHO CONDUCTED THE SIEGE 0! mont themselves by wearing pieces TELLICHERRY IN 1781. of wood in their under lips; a cuf. [From " Memoirs of the War in Afia"] tom which is prevalent at several other islands where these voyagers HE reinforcéments being all landed : and for a further account
dilof which, see page 140.
polition made for the sally and at
tack, the troops, fixteen hundred in DESCRIPTION
number, on the 8th of January
1782, at two o'clock in the mornOF A SINGULAR METHOD OF ing, were under arms, and at three
marched in files, by the center, to (From Captain Dixon's Voyage.] the Brass Pagoda, an important fta
tion in the lines, which takes its HE crew of the vessels being name from a covering of brass plates
on fhote at Atoui, in February on a large and venerable Gentoo 1787, the chiefs of the island invited place of worship. Here the engineer some of them, one day, to partake had opened a space through which of what was esteemed a sumptuous the troops might march out of the dinner. There were four servants lines. They halted until near four concerned in this business; and, the o'clock, that they might arrive at company being all assembled, one the enemy's camp just on the dawnbrought in a large calabath of water; ing of the day. Having blown, aranother, a parcel of cocoa-nuts ; a cording to orders, the priming powe third, a bowl full of fine baked raro; der out of the pans of their guns, and the last, ushered in by Tyheira, they marched in profound filence, one of the principal chiefs, brought through marshy ground, till they a roasted hog, laid very deeently on turned Putney Hill, where a battery a large circular wooden difh. This was erected that scoured the camp, done, the head cook poured some fituated in its rear. This the ad water over the animal, and rubbed vanced party attacked and cook withit with his hands, at the same time out suffering the smallest loss. Ar intimating, that he should soon make the same time, the main body formmolt excellent gravy by that means! ed she line on the shoulder of the The appetites of the people not be. hill, facing the enemy's camp, which ing very delicate, they made a most they had evacuated in the greatest excellent meal, notwithstanding this confufion. Surdar Cawn, their geditgutting cereinony. During the neral, was discovered on horseback,
# Some distance, leading on a party taken prisoners. All their guns, more ef his men. Another party, drawn than fifty in number, fell into the together in a confused manner, on hands of the victors, with much the extremity of Bench-Hill, adjoin- ammunition, two lacks of rupees, ing to that of Putney, was gallantly a large collection of grain, leven dispersed by the lieutenants Hodges elephants, a great deal of cordage and Wheldon, with two companies and timber, and many horses and of sepoys. The line, in the mean draught bullocks. time, advanced through the enemy's But the general joy was not a lit. camp, by files, in two columns. tle damped by the situation of Lieu. Surdar Cawn, after some resistance, tenant Woodington, the only Eubeing wounded in the ankle, threw ropean officer who was wounded on himself, with many of his bravest this memorable occafion; and whose and most faithful followers, into a loss to the army, for he was a very fortified house, formed in the cavity meritorious and active officer, was of a rock, at Corichee, the mansion greatly lamented. of his women and the repository of When the fortified house, in which his treasures, determined not to sur- the unfortunate Surdar Cawn made. vive the difgrace of a defeat, but to his last stand, was set on fire, many defend himself to the latt extremity. of his family and other adherents, The men, in token of defperation, in order to avoid the flames, began
loosing their hair, displayed colours to drop down from the walls, amidst i on the house, with the found of the fire of the sepoys. Among these horns and other martial mufic. - were seven of the finest women of
In this fituation, that resolute the east, who composed the Cawn's body of men waited to receive our seraglio. Captain Christie, who troops, when Lieutenant Wooding. happened to pass by the spot where ton, the major of brigade, with a the women threw themselves down part of the grenadier sepoys, halted from the battlements of the haram, to attack the house; and whilit he immediately stopt the firing, at the was giving orders to his men, was hazard of his life ran up to their wounded through both his legs with affittance, and received thein, one a musket-ball. The main body, un- after another, in his arms. In the der Major Abington and Captain mean tine, a party of sailors belongCarpenter, foon came up, and, about ing to the Bombay cruizers, that the same time, a party of marines had co-operated with the land-forces and fepoys, under Captain Pruin in this attack on Surdar Cawn's last and Lieutenant Bute, that had been refuge, came up, and for the fake landed from the vessels in the rear of plunder began to tear off the of the house, which was thus com- women's ear-rings, while these unpletely surrounded. This habitation, fortunate ladies, afraid of even ruder porte fires being put in the guns, treatment, and uncertain of their and fired on the thatched root, by fare, endeavoured to put an end to the contrivance of the engineer, was they existence. But Captain Christie, set on fire, and the defendants, after partly by his authority as an officer, a resistance of two hours, were com- and partly by a feafonable diftri. pelled to surrender or to perish in bution of the jewels, in which the the flames.
ladies cheerfully feconded him, was The success of this day was very enabled, though with difficulty, to great. The enemy's general, and save them from farther violence, many officers of distinction, with up by restoring order among the failors, wards of two thousand men, wcie The poor women, when they found
themselves under secure protection, mind, rather than any consequence gave vent to their gratitude, in em- of his wound, defiring, as the lali bracing the knees and bathing the favour from Major Abington, that feet of their protector with tears of his family might be sent to Seringajoy. Captain Christie, accompanied patam. His request was readily by Lieutenant Hawkes of the artil- granted, and punétually performed. lery, who had come up to lend his asistance in this generous act of galJantry, immediately conducted them
FRAGMENTS to the commanding officer. They OF ENGLISH HISTORY. were then returned safe to their
[Transmitted by a Correspondent. *] lord, who had teftified the most ago.
BRITISH LIBERALITY. niting anxiety concerning their fate. When they came in his presence, he looked steruly in their faces, and YNG Edward I. was coronyd manifeited symptoms of trouble, an and anoynted as ryght heyre guilli, and despair. But after he of Engelonde, withe moche honor had conversed with them for some and worffchyp. And aftur matie, time, his countenance softened into the kyng went to hys paleys for tồ tears of joy, and he expressed the holde a ryall feste, amongcs them strongest emotions of gratitude for that hym had doon feruyfe and worthe delicate manner in which his wo- fschyp. And i banne he was set ai men had been treated by the British hys mete, kyng Alexandre of Scotofficers. “You," said he, “enjoy lande come ia doo hym feruyse and the fortune of this day, and you de- worfchyp wyth a queyntyie, and serve it. Go, therefore, to a room an hondryd knyghts 'wyth him, (which he described) in the fortified horsed and arayed. And whange house, where you will find, for your they weren lyght of theyr horfe, reward, two lacks of rupees.” Above they let theyr horse goon whether twenty thousand pounds was accord- they wolde, and they that wolde take ingly divided among the army. them, hadde them to their own be.
The Cawn, when he was taken, hofe, wythoute any chalange. And expected immediate death, enquired aftyr that come Syr Edmond, Kyng why it was delayed, and regarded Edwardes broder, a curtay se knyght the humanity of the English, in and a gentyll of renoon, and the sparing him, with astonishment." If erle of Cornwayle, and the erle of you mean," said he to the officers in- Glowceítre. And aftur them come to whose hands he fell, “to save my che erle of Pembroke and the erle of lifea reitore my wives and iny chil. Warren, and eche of them ledde on dren.” The joy that sprung up in theyr hondes he themfelfe an honhis mind, on receiving this pledge dryd knyghts, disgysein theyrarines. of the merciful intentions of the And whanne they weren'alyght of English, was not lasting ; he died, theyr horse, they let them goo whefoon after, of grief and agony of dyr they wolde, and they that cowde
Among various other pieces of four English barons let loose four manuscript which I lately found in an hundred horses, beside what the king iron chest of my ancestors, I send you of Scotland, and Edmondi the king's three selections. The generosity of our brother, gave to the populace; and ancient English barons bath been often that those who firit could take them, the subject of encomium. It will ap- kept them without molestation, pear from my first transcript, that at R.E.I. the coronation of Edward the Firtt,
them take, hadde them ftylle at theyr preeftis for to sing and prey for my 'owne lyking: And whanne all this soul in the aforseyd chirch of Caunwas doon, Kyng Edward dyd his terbury, in foche plafe and afryr diligens and hys myght to amende foch ordinaanse as hit femeth best to the relme, and redresfe the wronges my aforeseyd cousin of Caunterbury. in the best maner, to the honor of Allo y ordeyn and devyse that of my God, and profyte to the crowne, gooddis, restitution be made to all and to holy cherche, and to a- hem that y have wrongfully greuid, mende the anoyance of the comon or any good had of theirs without peple. The worthiett knyght he iuft tytle. Also y will and ordeyn was of all the worlde of honor and that of my goodis, all my debris be worship, for the grace of God was al paied in all haft poffible, and that in hym, and ever hadde the victory my feruants be rewardyd aftyr ther of hys enemyes.
nede, and desert of feruise : and especyal, Wilkin, John Warren, and
William Thorpe, gromes of my THE LAST
chambre. Also y will that all thote WILL AND TESTAMENT that be bond in eny debe that y owe OF HENRY IV*.
in eny wyse, or have undy rtake to eny man for eny debt that yowe, or
that they can dwlye Ahewe hit, that IN the name of God, Fadir, all sóche persons be kept harmlysle. and Son, and Holy Gost, thre Per. Also y will that all fees and wages Tons and on God, I HENRY, finful thar are not paied to be paied, and wretch, be the grafe of God, kyng especial to my feruants of my housof Englond, and of Fraunce, and hold, befor eny oder. And also that lord of Irlond, being in myne hole all myn annuityes, fees and donamynd, mak my testament in manere cions, grauntyd by me befor this and forme that layth. Fyrst I be- tým be my lettres patents, be kept queth to Almyghty God my fivful and paied aftyr the effect of the forfoul; the whiche had never be wors feyd lettres patents; and yn especiall thy to be man, but through hys to all hem that have been treive fermercy and hys grafe; which lyffe I unnts to me and toward me alway. have mispendyd, whereof I put me · Also y will and prey my son that he whollily in hys grase and hys mercy have recomendyd Thomas De Crois, with all myn herre. And what tym that hath well and trwly feruyd me, hit liketh hym of hys mercy for to and also Jacob Raysh and Halley. tak me to hym, the body for to be Also y will that the queen be en. beryed in the chirch of Caunter. dowyd of the duche of Lancastre. bury, aftyr the descrecion of my Alloy will that all my officers both cousin the erchbyíhcoppe of Caun- of houfrold and other, the which terbury. Add also I thank all my nedeth to have pardon of eny thing lordis and trewe people, for the that touch thyr offices both of lotte trewe servise that they have don to and oder thing, they have pardon' me, and y ask hem forgiuenes if I therof in femblable manere, as y of have mislentreted hem in any wyse. my grafe have be wont to do befor And als fur as they have offendyd me this tym. And for to execut this in wordis, or in dedis in any wyse, teitimony well and trulieh, for grete y prey God forgeue hem hit and y trwit that I have on my fon the do. Also y devyse and ordeyn that prince, y ordeyne and mak him my ther be a chantre perperuall of twey executor of my testament forseyd,
I have had an opportunity of com- Privy Seal, and find an exact correparing it with thic original under the fpondence.R.E. I.