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ning ; settling ever and anon upon my When I awokė it was dark. I fele shoulders as if they weighed ten somewhat light-headed and confused, hundred tons; and after one terrible from the dreadful scene I had passed flash, in which the two balls seemed through. All hands were now called, to join in one, I sunk away without and a folemn oath was taken by all pain, like one falling to sleep. present, not to tell any thing that

What followed after I was turned had happened until they should know off you know, as I was informed you that I was safe out of the country; kindly aslifted my other friends in and then not to discover the doctor, taking the body down as soon as you his friend, or apprentice. I was then were permitted, and conveying it as put on shore, and weot from thence cross the falt. works to the small boat: on board the vessel which brought me I was from thence carried on board here.

the two-mait boat to the doctor, to I am engaged to go to Gottenburgh, · all appearance dead; for O'Donnel, in Sweden ; and shall fail to-morrow who was directed by the doctor to in a ship which is coming down the cut and loosen my clothes and rub river from Philadelphia. I shall take me, throwing water on me, could per- my family name, and return to my ceive no life in me, but told the doc- parents, a Prodigal Son indeed. God tor it was too late. But the doctor grant, as I have severely eaten husks was not discouraged ; and in one that I may soon eat bread in my earthhour and eventy-two minutes after I ly' parent's houfe ; and be prepared was brought on board the boat, ma- for such bread as the Saints in glory king two hours and forty three mi. love, and such as Angels eat, in that nutes after I was turned off, he per- house which is not made with hands, ceived signs of life in me, by a small eternal in the Heavens. motion and warmth in my bosom : in IF O‘Donnel is gone from Boston, twenty minutes after I gave a violent which, upon recollecting, I have readeep groan. Here defcription fails! son to fear, you will please to copy I cannot describe the intolerable a fuch parts of this letter as are new to gony of that monicnt. Ten thousand the doctor, and inclose them in a co. Itranglings are triling to it! The frít . ver, directed to Mr Samuel Woods, confused thoughts I had, were, that of Concord, to be leit until called for : it was the moment of my diffolution; And leave the letter : Mr ....... for I had no knowledge of my re- Apothecary, in the street, which moval from the gallows, but was quite is what O'Donnell is to do if in town. insenlble from the time I first lost Pray do not forget to do this puncmyself, to that in which I recovered tually; and inform the doctor that the except some faiat glimmerings of a numbness in the place he mentioned scene, which, faint and confused as went off the third day all at once, af. they were, I shall never forget, but ter a violent burning, as if a thouwhich as I feel impressed upon my heart fand pins were stuck in me. Pray be

I ought to communicate to no man li- punctual --God knows I cannot be · ving. I was soon after this violent too grateful to the doctor ; not only anguish, made sensible where I was; for his clarity, by which I now subthe doctor's stuff, and light of my lift, but because without his afliðance friends, restored me in a great mea. I might not have remained as a wonSure to my seoses. The doctor would derful monument of God's sparing not allow me to ta!k much; but feels mercy, but probably been receiving the įng fatigued he permitted me to lie rewards of the impenitent in a world down, having two persons by me to of spirits. So I remain your's, &c. rub me with a bruch while I slept.

JOSEPH TAYLOR.

Account TROM Yambo to Jidda I had' him, seemingly very deep in thought. T slept little, making my memo- The Emir Bahar's servant brought randa as full upon the spot as possible. me forward by the hand, a litele I had, besides, an aguilh disorder, within the door ; but I was not defiwhich very much troubled me, and rous of advancing much farther, for in dress and cleanliness was so like a fear of the falutation of being thrown Galiongy (or Turkish seaman) that down stairs again. He looked very the Emir Bahar was astonished at steadily, but not sternly, at me; and bearing my servants say I was an Eng, desired the servant to go away and lithman, at the time they carried away shut the door. “ Sir, says he, are all my baggage and instruments to the you an Englishman!"-I bowed. coito.n-house. He sent his servant, 6 You surely are fick, you should be however, with me to the Bengal- in your bed, have you been long sick?" house, who promised me, in broken I said, “ long Sir,” and bowed. English, all the way, a very magnifi. o Are you wanting a passage to Incent reception from my countrymen. dia ?”-I again bowed."Well, Upon his naming all the captains for says he, you look to be a man in difmy choice, I delired to be carried to tress ; if you have a secret, I shall re. a Scotchman, a relation of my own, who spect it till you please to tell it me, was then accidentally leaning over but if you want a passage to India, the rail of the stair-case, leading up apply to no one but Thornhill of the to his apartment. I saluted him by Bengal merchant. Perhaps you are his name ; he fell into a violent rage, afraid of somebody, if so, ask for Mr calling me villoin, thief, creat, and re. Greig, my lieutenant, he will carry negado rafcal; and declared, if I of- you on board my ship directly, where fered to proceed a step further, he you will be safe.”-“ Sir, said I, I would throw me over stairs. I went hope you will find me an honest man, away without reply, his curses and I have no enemy that I know, either at abufe followed me long afterwards. Jidda or elsewhere, nor do I owe any The servant, my conductor, screwed man any thing.”—“ I am sure, says his mouth, and thrugged up his he, I am doing wrong, in keeping a shoulders. - Never fear, says he, I poor man standing, who ought to be will carry you to the best of them all.in his bed. Hera ! Philip! Philip!" We went up an oppolite stair - cafe, –Philip appeared.“ Boy,” says he, whilst I thought within myself, if in Portuguese, which, as I imagine, those are their India inanders, I hall he supposed I did not understand, keep my name and fituation to myself “ here is a poor Englishman, that while I am at Jidda. I stood in no should be either in his bed or bis Deed of them, as I had credit for grave; carry him to the cook, tell 1000 sequins and more, if I should him to give him as much broth and want it, upon Yousef Cabil, Vizir or mutton as he can eat; the fellow seems Governor of Jidda. .

to have been tarved, but I would I was conducted into a large room, rather have the feeding of ten to where Captain Thornbill was sirting, India, than the burying of one at Jidin a white callico waistcoat, a very da.” bigh-poioted white cotton night-cap, Philip de la Cruz was the son of a fith a large tumbler of water before Portuguese lady, whom Capt. Thorn

hill * From his Travels to discover the Source of the Nile.

hill had married; a boy of great ta. written and çitled, and the inscription lents, and excellent disposition, who powdered with gold dust, and wrapcarried me with great willingness to ped in green taffeta. After this was the cook. I made as aukward a bow a white fattin bag, addressed to the as I could to Capt. Thornhill, and Khan of Tartary, with which Mr faid, “ God will return this to your Peyffonel, French consul of Smyrna, honour fume day.” Philip carried bad favoured me, and which I had me into a court-yard, where they used bot delivered, as the Khan was then to expose the faniples of their India prisoner at Rhodes. The next was goods in large bales. It had a por- a green and gold lilk bag, with let. tico along the left-hand side of it, ters directed to the Sherriffe of Mecwhich seemed designed for a sable. ca ; and then came a plain crimson. To this place I was introduced, and fattin bag, wiib letters addrefled to thither the cook brought me my din. Metical Aga, sword-bearer (or SelicDer. Several of the English from the tar, as it is called) of the Sherriffe, vessels, lascars, and others, came in or his great minister and favourite. to look at me ; and I heard it in ge. He then found a letter from Ali Bey Deral, agreed among them, that I was to himself, written with all the supe. a very thief-like fellow, and certainly riority of a Prince to a llave. a Turk, and de-n them if they In this letter the Bey told him fhould like to fall into my hands. plainly, that he heard the govern• I fell faft alleep upon the mat, ments of Jidda, Mecca, and other whilfPhilip was ordering me another States of the Sherriffe, were disorderapartment. In the mean time, some ly, and that merchants, coming about of my people had followed the bag. their lawful business, were plundered, gage to the Custom-house, and some terrified, and detained. He therefore of them ftaid on board the boat, to intimated to him, that if any such prevent the pilfering of what was left. thing happened to me, he should not The keys had remained with me, and write or complain, but he would send the Vizir had gone to seep, as is and punish the affront at the very usual, about mid-day. As soon as gates of Mecca. This was very unhe awaked, being greedy of his prey, pleasant language to the Vizir, be. he fell immediately to my baggage, cause it was now publicly known, that wondering that such a quantity of it, Mahomet Bey Abou Dahab was preand that boxes in such a curious form, paring next year to march against should belong to a mean man like me; Mecca, for some offence the Bey had he was therefore full of hopes, that a taken at the Sherriffe. There was fine opportunity for pillage was now also another letter to himn from Ibra, at hand. He a ked for the keys of him Sikakeen, chief of the merchants the trunks; my servant said, tbey at Cairo, ordering him to furnish me were with me, but he would go in. with a thousand sequins for my preftantly and bring them. That, how. fent use, and, if more were needed, ever, was too long to stay; no delay to take my bill. could possibly be gradied. Accul. These contents of the trunk were tomed to pilfer, they did not force so unexpected, that Cabil the Vizir the locks, but, very artist like, took thought he had gone too far, and calloff the hinges at the back, and in that ed my servant in a violent burry, upmanner opened the lids, without op- braiding him, for not telling who I éning the locks.

was. The servant defended himself, The first thing that presented itself by saying, that neither he, nor his to the Vizir's fight, was the forman people about him, would so much as of the Grand Signior, magnificently regard a word that he spoke ; and the

cadi of Medina's principal servant, his question, that I was the person to who had come with the wheat, told whom the baggage belonged, which the Vizir plainly to his face, that he he had taken to the custo n-louse, had given him waroing enough, if and that it was in ny fuvour the his pride would have suffered him to Grand Signior and Bey had written. hear it.

He seemed very much surpriied, and All was now wrong, my fervant was asked me how I could appear in such ordered to nail up the hinges, but he a dress ? “ You cannot alk thát ferideclared it would be the last action of ously, said I; I believe no prudent his life ; that nobody opened the bag man would dress better, considering gage that way, but with intention of the voyage I have made. But, be

stealing, when the keys could be got; fides, you did not leave it in my , and, as there were many rich things power, as every article, but what I in the yunk, intended as presents to have on me, has been these four hours the Sherriffe, and Metical Aga, which at the custom-house, waiting your might have been taken out, by the pleasure." hinges being forced off before he We then went all up to our kind came, he washed his hands of the landlord, Captain Thornhill, to whon whole procedure, but knew his master I made my excuse, on account of the would complain, and loudly too, and ill usage I had fiıft met with from my would be heard both at Cairo and own relation. He laughed very Jidda. The Vizir took his refoluheartily at the narrative, and fion tion in a moment like a man. He that time we lived in the greatest Dailed up the baggage, ordered his friend thip and confidence. All was horfe to be brought, and, attended by made up, even with Yousef Cabil; a number of naked blackguards (whom and all heads were employed to get they call foldiers) he came down to the strongest letters posible to the the Bengal house, on which the whole Naybe of Masuah, the king of Abyfa factory took alarm,

Ania, and the king of Senoaar. About twenty-lix years before, the English traders from India to Jidda, JIDDA is very unwholesome, as is, fourteen in oumber, were all murder- indeed, all the east coast of the Red ed, fitting at dinner, by a mutiny of Sea. Immediately without the gate these wild people. The house has, of that town, to the eastward, is a ever since, lain in ruins, having been desert plain filled with the huts of the pulled down and forbidden to be re- Bedoweens, or country Arabs, built

of long bundles of spartum, or bent Great inquiry was made after the grass, put together like fascines. English pobleman, whom nobody had Thele Bedoweens 'supply Jidda with feen; but it was said that one of bis milk and butter. There is no stirservants was there in the Bengal ring out of town, even for a walk, un. house: I was fitting drinking coffee Jess for about half a mile, in the fou'be on the mat, when the Vizir's horle fide by the sea, where there is a numcame, and the whole court was filled. ber of stinking pools of stagnant wa. One of the clerks of the custom-house ter, which contributes to make the asked me where my matter was? I town very unwholzfome, faid, “ in heaven." The Emir Ba Jidda, besides being in the moft har's servant pow brought forward the unwho:esome part of Arabia, is, at Vizir to me, who had not dismounted the fame cime, in the most barren and him felf. He repeated the fame ques- desert situation. This, and many o. tion, where my master was? I told her inconveniencies, under which is kim, 'I did por koow the purport of labours, would, probably, have occas VOL XII, No. 67.

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Goned its being abandoned altogether, purchased, or who were taken in were it not for its vicinity to Mecca, war. Every man enjoyed these at and the great and sudden influx of his pleasure, and their peril, that is, wealth from the India trade, which,, whether he was able to maintain once a-year, arrives in this part, but them or not. does not continue, passing on, as thro' From this great scarcity of provi, a turnpike, to Mecca; whepçe it is sions, which is the result of an extradispersed all over the east. Very lite ordinary concourse to a place almost tle advantage however accrues to Jid. deftitute of the neceffaries of life, few da. The customs are all immediate. inhabitants of Jidda can avail themly sent to a needy sovereign, and a felves of the privilege granted him by hungry set of relations, dependents, Mahomet. He therefore cannot nar. and ministers at Mecca. The gold ry more than one wife, because he is returned in bags and boxes, and cannot maintain more, and from this passes on as rapidly to the ships as the cause arises they want of people, and goods do to the market, and leaves the large number of unmarried wo. as lit:le profit behind. In the mean men. time, provisions rise to a prodigious price, and this falls upon the towní. men, while all the profit of the traffic is in the hands of strangers ; moft [Mr Bruce having arrived at Goa, of who, after the market is over, dar, the capital of Abyssinia, was (which does not last fix weeks) re. received with great kindness by tire to Yemen, and other neighbour. the king, who made him one of ing countries, which abound in eve his Baalomaals, or Lords of the ry sort of provision.

bed-chamber. --The followirg ocy Upon this is founded the observa. currence happened soon after that tion, that of all Mahometan countries appointmeni.] . none are so monogam as those of Jidda, and no where are there so many Transactions at Gondar, unmarried women, although this is the counıry of their prophet, and the WE went all to Anthule's houfe permission of marrying four wives, was to supper in violent rage, such anger allowed in this district in the first in- as is usual with hung: y men. We stance, and afterwards communicated brought with us from the palace three to all the tribes.

of my brother Båalomaals, and one But Mahomet, in his permislion of who had stood to make up the num. plurality of wives, seems constantly ber, though he was not in office; to have been on his guard against fuf- his name was Guebra Mascal, be fering that, which was intended for was a filter's son of the Ras, and the welfare of his people, from ope-' commanded one third of the troops rating in a different manner. He did of Tigre, which carried fire-arms, not permit a man to marry two, three, that is about 2000 men. He was or four wives, unless he could main- reputed the best officer of that kind tain them. He was interested for that the Ras had, and was a man the rights and rank of these women ; about thirty years of age, short, and the man so marrying was obliged square, and well made, with a very to shew, before the Cadi, or some equi- unpromising countenance; Bat 900, valent officer, or judge, that it was in wide. 'mouth, of a very yellow comhis power to support them according plexion, and much pitted with the to their birth. It was not so with small-pox; he had a moft uncommon concubines, with women who were presumption upon the merit of past

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