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one wound, through the breast here; but the doctor of our regiment foon made me well again.
.“ When the peace came on, I was discharged; and as I could not work, becaufe my wound was sometimes troublesome, I listed for a landman in the East-India Company's service. I have fought the French in fix pitched battles; and I verily believe that, if I could read or write, our captain would have made me a corpo ral. But it was not my good fortune to have any pro. motion, for I soon fell fick, and so got leave to return home again with forty pounds in my pocket. This was at the beginning of the prefent war, and I hoped to be set on fhore, and to have the pleasure of spending my money; but the government wanted men, and fo I was preffed for a failor before ever I could set foot on shore.
66 The boatswain found, me, as he said, an obftinate fellow : He swore he knew that I understood my business well, but that I shammed Abraham, to be idle ; but, God knows, I knew nothing of sea business, and he beat me, without considering what he was about. I had ftill, however, my forty pounds, and that was some comfort to me under every beating; and the money I might have had to this day, but that our ship was taken by the French, and so I loft all,
« Our crew was carried" into Brest, and many of them died, because they were not used to live in a jail; but, for my part, it was nothing to me, for I was fear soned. One night, as I was asleep on the bed of boards, with a warm blanket about me, for I always loved to lie well, I was awakened by the boatswain, who had a dark lanthorn in his hand : • Jack,' says he to me, will you knock out the French fentry's brains!! I don't care, says I, striving to keep myself awake, if I lend a hand.' • Then follow me,' says he, and I hope we shall do business.' So up I got, and tied my blanket, which was all the cloaths I had, about my middle, and went with him to fight the Frenchmen. I hate the French, because they are all laves, and wear wooden shoes.
Though we had no arms, one Englishman is able to beat five French at any time; fo we went down to the door, where both the sentries were posted, and, rushing upon them, seized their arms in a moment, and knocked them down. From thence nine of us ran together to the quay, and seizing the first boat we met, got out of the harbour, and put to sea. We had not been here three days before we were taken up by the Dorset privateer, who were glad of so many good hands, and we consented to run our chance. However, we had not as much luck as we expected. In three days we fell in with the Pompadour privateer, of forty guns, while we had but twenty-three'; fo to it we went, yard arm and yard-arm. The fight lasted for three hours, and I verily believe we should have taken the Frenchman, had we but had some more men left behind; but, unfortunately, we lost all our men just as we were going to get the victory.
“ I was once more in the power of the French, and I believe it would have gone hard with me had I been brought back to Breft; but, by good fortune, we were retaken by the Viper. I had almost forgot to tell you, that, in that engagement, I was wounded in two places; I loft four fingers off the left hand, and my leg was fot off. If I had had the good fortune to have loft my leg and use of my hand on board a king's fhip, and not a-board a privateer, I should have been entitled to cloathing and maintenance during the rest of my life! But that was not my chance: One man is born with a filver spoon in his mouth, and another with a wooden ladle. However, blefled be God, I enjoy good health, and will for ever love liberty and Old England. Liberty, property, and Old England for ever, huzza !"
Thus saying, he limped off, leaving me in admiration at his intrepidity and content; nor could í avoid aca? knowledging, that an habitual acquaintance with mifery ferves better than philofophy to teach us to despise it.
Scene between Colonel Rivers and Sir Harry ;
in which the Col. from Principles of Honour, refuses to give his Daughter to Sir Harry.
Sir Har. ,
I come upon the old business; for, unless I am allowed to entertain hopes of Miss Rivers, I shall be the most miferable of all human beings.
Riv. Sir Harry, I have already told you by letter, and I now tell you personally, I cannot listen to your proposals.
Sir Har. No, Sir !
Riv. No, Sir: I have promised my daughter to Mr Sidney. Do you know that, Sir ?
Sir Har. Í do: But what then? Engagements of this kind you know
Riv. So then, you do know I have promised her to Mr Sidney?
Sir Har. I doBut I also know that matters are not finally settled between Mr Sidney and you; and I moreover know, that his fortune is by no means equal to mine, therefore
Riv. Sir Harry, let me ask you one question before you make your consequence.
Sir Har: A thousand, if you please, Sir.
Riv. Why then, Sir, let me ask you, what you have ever observed in me, or my conduct, that
desire fo familiarly to break my word ? I thought, Sir, you considered me as a man of honor.
Sir Har. And so I do, Sir--a man of the nicest ho.
Riy. And yet, Sir, you ask me to violate the fanctity of my word; and tell me directly, that it is my intereft to be a rascal?
Sir Har. I really don't understand you, Colonel; I thought, when I was talking to you, I was talking to a
man who knew the world ; and as you have not yet signed
Riv. Why this is mending matters, with a witness! And fo you think, because I am not legally bound, I am under no necessity of keeping my word ! Sir Harry, laws were never made for men of honor: They want no bond but the rectitude of their own sentiments, and laws are of no use but to bind the villains of society.
Sir Har. Well! But my dear Colonel, if you have . no regard for me, fhew some little regard for your daughter.
Riv. I shew the greatest regard for my daughter, by giving her to a man of honor: and I must not be infulted with any further repetition of your proposals.
Sir Har. Insult you, Colonel! Is the offer of my alliance an insult ? Is my readiness to make what fettlements you think proper
Riv. Sir Harry, I should consider the offer of a kingdom an insult, if it were to be purchased by the violation of my word. Besides, though my daughter shall never go a beggar to the arms of her husband, I would rather fee her happy than rich; and if she has enough to provide handsomely for a young family, and fomething to spare for the exigencies of a worthy friend, I fhall think her as affluent as if she were mistress of Mexico.
Sir Har. · Well, Colonel, I have done ; but I believe
Riv. Well, Sir Harry, and as our conference is done, we will, if you please, retire to the ladies. I shall be always glad of your acquaintance, though I cannot receive you as a son-in-law; for a union of interest I look upon as a union of dishonor, and consider a marriage for money at best but a legal prostitution.
THE father of Meliffa was the youngest son of a
country gentleman who possessed an estate of about five hundred a year; but as this was to be the inheritance of the elder brother, and as there were three fifters to be provided for, he was at about sixteen taken from Eton school, and apprenticed to a considerable merchant at Bristol. The young gentleman, whose imagination had been fired by the exploits of heroes, the victories gained by magnanimous presumption, and the wonders discovered by daring curiosity, was not disposed to conLider the acquisition of wealth as the limit of his ambition, or the repute of honeft industry as the total of his fame. He regarded his situation as servile and ignominious, as the degradation of his genius, and the preclufion of his hopes; and longing to go in search of adventures, he neglected his business as unworthy of his attention, heard the remonstrances of his master with a kind of fullen disdain, and, after two years legal slavery, made his escape, and at the next town enlisted himself