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He was, he said, a fine-tempered beast, but the two castes, and to inculcate a signal toleration. others were great rascals.' One of them had once we can now afford, however, to give little almost killed his keeper. I have got these poor more thau the introductory narrative. beasts' allowance increased, in consideration of their long march; and that they may not be wronged, “ About eleven o'clock I had the expected visit have ordered the mohout to give them all their gram from Swaamee Narain, to my interview with whom in presence of a sentry. The gram is made up in I had looked forward with an anxiety and eagerness cakes, about as large as the top of a hat-box, and which, if he had known it, would perhaps have baked on an earthen pot. Each contains a seer, flattered him. He came in a somewhat different and sixteen of them are considered as sufficient for style from what I expected; having with him nearly one day's food for an elephant on a march. The two hundred horsemen, mostly well-arıned wide suwarree elephant had only twelve, but I ordered matchlocks and swords, and several of them with him the full allowance, as well as an increase to the coats of mail and spears. Besides them he had a others. If they knew this, they would indeed be large rabble on foot, with bows and arrows; and glad to see me.".
when I considered that I had myself more than fifty ". The morning was positively cold, and the whole horse, and fifiy muskets and bayonets, I could not scene, with the exercise of the march, the pictur. help smiling, though my sensations were in some esque groups of men and animals round me, he degree painful and humiliating, at the idea of two bracing air, the singing of birds, the light mist hang. religious teachers meeting at the head of lille ing on ihe irees, and the glistening dew, had some. armies! and filling the city, which was the scene thing at once so Oriental and so English, I have of their interview, with the rattling of quivers, the seldom found any thing better adapted to raise a clash of shields, and the tramp of the war-horse. man's aninial spirits, and put him in good semper Had our troops been opposed 10 each other, mine, with himself and all the world. How I wish those though less numerous, would have been doubiless I love were with me! How much my wife would far more effective, from the superiority of arms and enjoy this sort of life, its exercise, its cleanliness, discipline. But, in moral grandeur, what a differ. and purity ; its constant occupation, and at the same ence was there between his troop and mine! Mine time is comparative freedom from form, care, and neither knew me nor cared for me. They escorted vexation! At the same time a man who is curious me faithfully, and would have defended me bravely, in his eating had better not come here. Lamb and because they were ordered by their superiors 10 do kid (and we get no other flesh) most people would so; and as they would have done for any other soon tire of. The only fowls which are attainable stranger of sufficient worldly rank to make such are as lough and lean as can be desired; and the atiendance usual. The guards of Swaamee Narain milk and butter are generally seasoned with the were his own disciples and enthusiastic admirers ; never-failing condiments of Hindostan-smoke and men who had voluntarily repaired 10 hear his les. soot. These, however, are matters to which it is sons, who now took a pride in doing him honour, not difficult to become reconciled; and all the more and who would cheerfully fight 10 the last drop of serious points of warmth, shade, cleanliness, air, blood rather than suffer a fringe of his garment to and water, are at this season nowhere enjoyed better be handled roughly. In the parish of Hodnet there than in the spacious and well-contrived ients, the were once perhaps a few honest countrymen who ample means of transport, the fine climate, and felt something like this for me; but how long a time fertile regions of Norihern Hindos!an. Another must elapse before any Christian teacher in India time, by God's blessing, I will not be alone in this can hope to be thus loved and honoured! Eden; yet I confess that there are few people whom “After the usual mutual compliments, I said that I greatly wish to have as associates in such a jour. I had heard much good of him, and the good doc. ney. It is only a wife, or a friend so intimate as 10 trine which he preached among the poor people of be quite another self, whom one is really anxious to Guzerât, and that I greatly desired his acquaini. be with one while travelling through a new country.”
." ance; that I regretted that I knew Hindostanee so
imperfectly, but that I should be very glad, so far Instead of wishing, as we should have ex
as my knowledge of the language allowed, and by pected a Bishop to do, to move in the digni- the interpretation of friends, to learn what he be. fied and conspicuous circle at the seat of lieved on religious matters, and to tell him what I Government, it is interesting to find this ex- myself believed; and that if he would come and see emplary person actually languishing for a I would have a tent pitched for him and treat hiin
me at Kairah, where we should have more leisure, more retired and obscure situation.
like a brother. I said this, because I was very “Do you know, dearest, that I sometimes think earnestly desirous of getting him a copy of the we should be more useful, and happier, if Cawn. Scriptures, of which I had none with me, in ihe poor or Benares, not Calcutta, were our home ?- Nagree character, and persuading him to read My visitations would be made with far more con
Them ; and because I had some further hopes of venience, the expense of house rent would be less inducing him to go with me to Bombay, where I to the Company, and our own expenses of living hoped that, by conciliatory treatment, and the would be reduced very considerably. The air, even conversations to which I might introduce him with of Cawnpoor, is, I apprehend, better than that of the Church Missionary Society established in that Bengal, and ihat of Benares decidedly so. The neighbourhood, I might do him more good than I greater part of my business with government may
could otherwise hope. be done as well by letters as personal interviews ;
" I saw that both he, and, still more, his disciples, and, if the Archdeacon of Calcuita were resident were highly pleased by the invitation which I gave there, it seems more natural that the Bishop of him ; but he said, in reply, that his life was one of India should remain in the centre of his diocese. very little leisure ; that he had five thousand disciples The only objection is the great number of Christians now attending on his preaching in the neighbouring in Calcuita, and the consequent probability that my villages, and nearly filty thousand in different parts preaching is more useful there than it would be any of Guzerât ; that a great number of these were to where else. We may talk these points over when assemble together in the course of next week, on we meet."
occasion of his brother's son coming of age to re
ceive the Brahminical string; but that if I staid One of the most characteristic passages in long enough in the neighbourhood to allow him to the book, is the account of his interview with get this engagement over, he would gladly come a learned and very liberal Brahmin in Guzerât, again to see me: "In the meantime,' I said, 'have whom he understood to teach a far purer mo- you any objection to communicate some part of rality than is usually enjoined by his brethren, came to do ; and his disciples very visibly exulted and also to discountenance the distinction of in the opportunity of his perhaps converting me."
The conference is too long to extract, but, am only anxious to serve. In my dear Emily yu it is very curious; though the result fell some
will already have had a most affectionate a.id thing short of what the worthy Bishop, in the sible counsellor.” zeal of his benevolence, had anticipated.- We dare not venture on any part, either oi We should now leave the subject of the au- the descriptions of scenery and antiguities, of thor's personal character; but it shines out so of the persons and presentations at he several strongly in the account of the sudden death native courts. But we have no hesitation a of one of his English friends and fellow-tra- recommending them as by far the best ars! vellers, that we cannot refrain from gratifying most interesting, in both sorts, that we har our readers and ourselves with one other ex- ever met with. The account of his journey. tract. Mr. Stowe, the individual alluded to, ings and adventures in the mountain region at died after a short illness at Dacca. The day the foot of the Himalaya is peculiarly striking after his burial, the Bishop writes to his wife from the affecting resemblance the author as follows:
continually tracing to the scenery of his be“ Sincerely as I have mourned, and do mourn his most beloved Hodnet! Of the natives
loved England, his more beloved Wales, or him continually, the moment perhaps at which I felt his loss most keenly was on my return to this in all their orders, he is a most indulgent air house. I had always after airings, or other short liberal judge, as well as a very exact observer absences, been accustomed to run up immediately He estimates their civilisation higher, we to his room to ask about his medicines and his think, than any other traveller who has girer. nourishment, to find if he had wanted any thing an account of ihem, and is very much stuck during my absence, and to tell him what I had seen with the magnificence of their architeciuremost painfully that the object of my solicitude was though very sceptical as to the high antiquity gone, and that there was nobody now to derive to which some of its finest specimens preiend comfort or help from my coming, or whose eyes We cannot afford to give any of the splendi? would faintly sparkle as I opened the door. " It will be long before I forget the guilelessness abounds. In a private letter he says, –
and luminous descriptions in which the work of his nature, the interest which he felt and ex. pressed in all the beautiful and sequestered scenery “ I had heard much of the airy and gaudy sirle which we passed through; his anxiety to be useful of Oriental architecture ; a notion, I apprehend, to me in any way which I could point out to him, taken from that of China only, since solidity, sule m(he was indeed very useful,) and above all, the un. nity, and a richness of ornament, so well managed affected pleasure which he took in discussing reli
as not to interfere with solemnity, are the chargegious subjects; his diligence in studying the Bible, teristics of all the ancient buildings which I have and.the fearless humanity with which he examined met with in this country. I recollect no correspond. the case, and administered to the wants, of nine ing parts of Windsor at all equal to the entrance poor Hindoos, the crew of a salt-barge, whom, as of the castle of Delhi and its marble hall of auI mentioned in my Journal, we found lying sick dience; and even Delhi falls very short of Igra in together of a jungle fever, unable to leave the place situation, in majesty of outline, in size, and the where they lay, and unaided by the neighbouring costliness and beauiy of its apartments." villagers. I then little thought how soon he in his turn would require the aid he gave so cheerfully.'' The following is a summary of his opinion On the day after, he writes in these terms
of the people, which follows in the same letter: to Miss Stowe, the sister of his departed “Of the people, so far as their natural character friend :
is concerned, I have been led to form, on the whole,
a very favourable opinion. They have, unhappils, "With a heavy heart, my dear Miss Stowe, I many of the vices arising from slavery, from an unsend you the enclosed keys. How to offer you seuiled state of society, and immoral and erroneous consolation in your present grief, I know not ; for systems of religion. But they are men of high and hy my own deep sense of the loss of an excellent gallant courage, courteous, intelligent, and most friend, I know how much heavier must be your eager after knowledge and improvement, with a reburden. Separation of one kind or another is, in- markable aptitude for the abstract sciences, geomedeed, one of the most frequent trials to which try, astronomy, &c., and for the imitative arts. affectionate hearts are exposed. And if you can painting and sculpture. They are sober, indusonly regard your brother as removed for his own trious, dutiful to their parents, and affectionare 10 advantage to a distant country, you will find, per their children, of tempers almost uniformly gentle haps, some of that misery alleviated under which and patient, and more easily affected by kindness you are now suffering. Had you remained in Eng. and attention to their wants and feelings than almost land when he came out bither, you would have any men whom I have met with. Their faults been, for a time, divided no less effectually than seem to arise from the hateful superstitions to which you are now. The difference of hearing from him they are subject, and the unfavourable state of is almost all; and though you now have not that society in which they are placed. comfort, yet even without hearing from him you " More has been done, and more successíully, 10 may be well persuaded (which there you could not obviate these evils in the Presidency of Bombay, always have been) that he is well and happy; and, than in any part of India which I have ret visited, above all, you may be persuaded, as your dear bro. through the wise and liberal policy of Mr. Elphinther was most fully in his time of severest suffering, stone ; to whom this side of the Peninsula is also that God never smites his children in vain, or out indebted for some very important and efficient im. of cruelty
provements in the administration of justice, and “So long as you choose 10 remain with us, we who, both in amiable temper and manners, ex'en. will be, to our power, a sister and a brother io you. sive and various information, acuie good sevise, And it may be worth your consideration wherher, energy, and application to business, is one of the in your present state of health and spirits, a jour most extraordinary men, as he is quite the nost ney, in my wife's society, will not be better for you popular governor, that I have fallen in with." than a dreary voyage home. But this is a point on which you must decide for yourself; I would
The following is also very important; and scarcely venture to advise, far less diciate, where Il gives more new and valuable information
than many pretending volumes, by men who sent to the pictures of depravity and general worthhave been half their lives in the countries to lessness which some have drawn of the Hindoos. which they relate :
They are decidedly, by nature, a mild, pleasing.
and intelligent race; sober, parsimonious, and, “Of the people of this country, and the manner where an object is held out to them, niost indus. in which they are governed, I have, as yet, hardly rious and persevering: But the magistrates and seen enough to form an opinion. I have seen lawyers all agree that in no country are lying and enough, however, to find that the customs, the perjury so common, and so litle regarded ; and habits, and prejudices of the former are much mis- not withstanding the apparent mildness of their manunderstood in England. We have all heard, for ners, the criminal calendar is generally as full as in instance, of the humanity of the Hindoos towards Ireland, with gang-robberies, setting fire to build brute creatures, their horror of animal food, &c.; ings, stacks, &c.; and the number of children who and you may be, perhaps, as much surprised as i are decoyed aside and murdered, for the sake of was, to find ihal those who can afford it are hardly their ornaments, Lord Amherst assures me, is less carnivorous than ourselves ; that even the dreadful.” puresi Brahmins are allowed to eat mutton and venison; that fish is permitted to many casies, and
We may add the following direct testimony pork to many others, and that, though they con- on a point of some little curiosity, which has sider it a grievous crime to kill a cow or bullock been alternately denied and exaggerated :for the purpose of eating, yet they treat their draft oxen, no less than their horses, with a degree of
At Broach is one of those remarkable institubarbarous severity which would turn an English tions which have made a good deal of noise in Eu. hackney coachman sick. Nor have their religious rope, as instances of Hindoo benevolence to inferior prejudices, and the unchangeableness of their habits,
animals. I mean hospitals for sick and infirm been less exaggerated. Some of the best informed beasts, birds, and insecis. I was not able to visit of their nation, with whom I have conversed, assure it; bui Mr. Corsellis described it as a very dirty me that half their most remarkable customs of civil and neglected place, which, though it has consider. and domestic life are borrowed from their Mahom: Table endowments in land, only serves to enrich medan conquerors; and at present there is an ob- the Brahmins who manage it. They have really vious and increasing disposition to imitate the Eng. animals of several different kinds there, not only lish in every thing, which has already led to very those which are accounted sacred by the Hindoos, remarkable changes, and will, probably, to still as monkeys, peacocks, &c., but horses, dogs. and more important. The wealthy natives now all cats; and they have also, in liule boxes, an assortaffect to have their houses decorated with Corin: ment of lice and fleas! It is not true, however, thian pillars, and filled with English furniture. They that they feed those pensioners on the flesh of beg. drive ihe best horses and the most dashing carriages gars hired for the purpose. The Brahmins say that in Calcutta. Many of them speak English fluently, these insects, as well as the other inmates of their and are tolerably read in English literature ; and infirmary, are fed with vegetables only, such as the children of one of our friends I saw one day rice, &c. How the insects thrive, I did not hear ; dressed in jackets and trousers, with round hats, but the old horses and dogs, nay the peacocks and shoes and stockings. In the Bengalee newspapers, said to be in any tolerable plight are some milch
apes, are allowed to starve ; and the only creatures of which there are two or three, politics are can. vassed, with a bias, as I am told, inclining to Whig. cows, which may be kept from other motives than gism; and one of their leading men gave a great
charity." dinner not long since in honour of the Spanish Revo- He adds afterwards, lution. Among the lower orders the same feeling shows itself more beneficially, in a growing neg- “I have not been led to believe that our Governlect of caste-in not merely a willingness, but an ment is generally popular, or advancing towards anxiety, to send their children to our schools, and popularity. It is, perhaps, impossible that we should a desire to learn and speak English, which, if be so in any great degree ; yet I really think there properly encouraged, mighi, I verily believe, in are some causes of discontent which it is in our fifty years' time, make our language what the own power, and which it is our duty to remove or Oordoo, or court and camp language of the country diminish. One of these is the distance and haugh(the Hindostanee), is at present. And though in- tiness with which a very large proportion of the stances of actual conversion to Christianity are, as civil and military servants of the Company treat yet, very uncommon, yet the number of children, the upper and middling class of natives. Against both male and female, who are now receiving a sort their mixing much with us in society, there are cerof Christian education, reading the New Testa- tainly many hindrances; though even their objecment, repeating the Lord's Prayer and Command. tion to eating with us might, so far as the Mussulments, and all with the consent, or at least without mans are concerned, I think, be conquered by any the censure, of their parents or spiritual guides, popular man in the upper provinces, who made the have increased, during the last two years, to an aliempt in a right way. But there are some of our amount which astonishes the old European resi- amusements, such as private theatrical entertaindents, who were used to tremble at the name of a ments and the sports of the field, in which they Missionary, and shrink from the common duties of would be delighted to share, and invitations to which Christianiy, lest they should give offence to their would be regarded by them as extremely flattering: heathen neighbours. So far from that being a con. if they were not, perhaps with some reason, voted sequence of the zeal which has been lately shown, bores, and treated accordingly. The French, under many of the Brahmins themselves express admira- | Perron and Des Boignes, who in more serious mattion of the morality of the Gospel, and profess to ters left a very bad name behind them, had, in this entertain a better opinion of the English since they particular, a great advantage over us ; and the easy have found that they 100 have a religion and a Shas. and friendly intercourse in which they lived with ter. All that seems necessary for the best effects natives of rank, is still often regretted in Agra and to follow is, to let things take their course ; to make the Dooab. This is not all, however. The foolish the Missionaries discreet ; to keep the government pride of the English absolutely leads them to set at as it now is, strictly neuter; and io place our confi. nought the injunctions of their own Government. dence in a general diffusion of knowledge, and in The Tussildars, for instance, or principal active making ourselves really useful to the temporal as officers of revenue, ought, by an order of council, well as spiritual interests of the people among whom to have chairs always offered them in the presence we live.
of their European superiors; and the same, by the " In all these points there is, indeed, great room standing orders of the army, should be done to the for improvement : But I do not by any means as. 1 Soubahdars. Yet there are hardly six collectors in
India who observe the former etiquette : and the tion of Justice; especially in the local or dislatter, which was fifteen years ago never omitted trict courts, called "Adaulut, which the costliin the army, is now completely in disuse. At the ness and intricacy of the proceedings, and the known to every Tussildar and Soubahdar in India, needless introduction of the Persian language, and they feel themselves aggrieved every time have made sources of great practical oppresthese civilities are neglected.'
sion, and objects of general execration through
out the country. At the Bombay Presidency Of the state of the Schools, and of Education Mr. Elphinstone has discarded the Persian, in general, he speaks rather favourably; and and appointed every thing to be done in the is very desirous that, without any direct at- ordinary language of the place. tempt at conversion, the youth should be ge- And here we are afraid we must take leave nerally exposed to the humanising influence of this most instructive and delightful publiof the New Testament morality, by the gene- cation; which we confidently recommend to ral introduction of that holy book, as a lesson our readers, not only as more likely to amuse book in the schools; a matter to which he them than any book of travels with which we states positively that the natives, and even are acquainted, but as calculated to enlighten their Brahminical pastors, have no sort of ob- their understandings, and to touch their hearts jection. Talking of a female school, lately with a purer flame than they generally caich established at Calcutta, under the charge of a' from most professed works of philosophy or very pious and discreet lady, he observes, that devotion. It sets before us, in every page, "Rhadacant Deb, one of the wealthiest natives the most engaging example of devotion to in Calcutta, and regarded as the most austere God and good will to man; and, touching every and orthodox of the worshippers of the Ganges, object with the light of a clear judgment and bade, some time since, her pupils go on and a pure heart, exhibits the rare spectacle of a prosper; and added, that “if they practised work written by a priest upon religious creeds the Sermon on the Mount as well as they re- and establishments, without a shade of inpeated it, he would choose all the handmaids tolerance; and bringing under review the for his daughters, and his wives, from the characters of a vast multitude of eminent inEnglish school.'"
dividuals, without one trait either of sarcasm He is far less satisfied with the administra- ' or adulation.
(October, 1824.) 1. Sketches of India. Written by an OFFICER, for Fire-Side Travellers at Home. Second
Edition, with Alterations. 8vo. pp. 358. London: 1824. 2. Scenes and Impressions in Egypt and Italy. By the Author of Sketches of India, and
Recollections of the Peninsula. 8vo. pp. 452. London: 1824. These are very amiable books :-and, be- them, will be more generally agreeable than sides the good sentiments they contain, they a digest of the information they might have are very pleasing specimens of a sort of travel. acquired. We would by no means undervalue writing, to which we have often regretted the researches of more learned and laborious that so few of those who roam loose about the persons, especially in countries rarely visited: world will now condescend—we mean a brief But, for common readers, their discussions and simple notice of what a person of ordinary require too much previous knowledge, and information and common sensibility may see too painful an effort of attention. They are and feel in passing through a new country, not books of travels, in short, but works of which he visits without any learned prepara- science and philosophy; and as the principal tion, and traverses without any particular ob- delight of travelling consists in the impressions ject. There are individuals, no doubt, who which we receive, almost passively, from the iravel to better purpose, and collect more presentment of new objects, and the reflecweighty information-exploring, and record. tions to which they spontaneously give rise, ing as they go, according to their several so the most delightful books of travels should habits and measures of learning, the mineral- be those that give us back those impressions ogy, antiquities, or statistics of the different in their first freshness and simplicity, and exregions they survey. But the greater part, cite us to follow out the train of feelings and even of intelligent wanderers, are neither só reflection into which they lead us, by the di. ambitious in their designs, nor so industrious rect and unpretending manner in which they in their execution ;-and, as most of those are suggested. By aiming too ambitiously at who travel for pleasure, and find pleasure in instruction and research, this charm is lost; travelling, are found to decline those tasks, and we often close these copious dissertations which might enrol them among the contribu- and details, needlessly digested in the form tors to science, while they turned all their of a journal, without having the least idea movements into occasions of laborious study; how we, or any other ordinary person, would it seems reasonable to think that a lively and have felt as companions of the journey-thobuccinct account of what actually delighted | roughly convinced, certainly, that we should
not have occupied ourselves as the writers The “Sketches of India," a loose-printed before us seem to have been occupied; and octavo of 350 pages, is the least interesting pretty well satisfied, after all, that they them- perhaps of the two volumes now before usselves were not so occupied during the most though sufficiently marked with all that is agreeable hours of their wanderings, and had characteristic of the author. It may be as omitted in their books what they would most well to let him begin at the beginning. frequently recall in their moments of enjoy
“ On the afternoon of July the 10th, 1818, our ment and leisure.
vessel dropped anchor in Madras Roads, after a fine Nor are these records of superficial obser- run of three months and ten days from the Mother. vation to be disdained as productive of enter- bank.-How changed the scene! how great the tainment only, or altogether barren of instruc- contrast! -Ryde, and its little snug dwellings, with tion. Very often the surface presents all that and sloping shores. - Madras and its naked fort,
slated or thatched roofs, its neat gardens, its green is really worth considering—or all that we are noble-looking buildings, tall columns, lofty
veran; capable of understanding ;-and our observer, dahs, and terraced roofs. The city, large and we are taking it for granted, is, though no crowded, on a flat site ; a low sandy beach, and a great philosopher, an intelligent and educated foaming surf. The roadstead, there, alive with man-looking curiously at all that presents fishing barks. Here, black, shapeless Massoolah
beautiful yachts, light wherries, and tight-built itself, and making such passing inquiries as boats, with their naked crew's, singing the same may satisfy a reasonable curiosity, without wild (yet not unpleasing) air, to which, for ages, greatly disturbing his indolence or delaying the dangerous surf they fearlessly ply over has been his progress. Many themes of reflection and rudely responsive. topics of interest will be thus suggested, which
“I shall never forget the sweet and strange sen. more elaborate and exhausting discussions sations which, as I went peacefully forward, the new would have strangled in the birth-while, in objects in nature excited in my bosom. The rich the variety and brevity of the notices which bamboo; the cocoa nur, with that mat-like-looking such a scheme of writing implies, the mind binding for every branch; the branches themselves of the reader is not only more agreeably ex- waving with a feathery motion in the wind; the cited, but is furnished, in the long run, with bare lofty trunk and fan-leaf of the tall palm the more materials for thinking, and solicited to aloes; the prickly pear; the stately banian wiih
slender and elegant stem of the areca; the large more lively reflections, than by any quantity drop-branches, here fibrous and pliant, there strong of exact knowledge on plants, stones, ruins, and columnar, supporting its giant arms, and form: manufactures, or history.
ing around the parent stem a grove of beauty ; and Such, at all events, is the merit and the arnong these wonders, birds, all strange in plumage
ome, the lady's charm of the volumes before us. They place and in note, save the parroquet (at us at once by the side of the author and pet-bird in a gilded cage), here spreading his bright bring before our eyes and minds the scenes natural and untaughi scream.
green wings in happy fearless flight, and giving his he has passed through, and the feelings they “ It was late and dark when we reached Poona. suggested. In this last particular, indeed, we mallee; and during the latter part of our march we
We found no fellow.countryman are entirely at his mercy; and we are afraid had heavy rain. he sometimes makes rather an unmerciful 10 welcome 1s; Put the mess-room was open and
lighted, a table laid, and a crowd of smart, roguishuse of his power. It is one of the hazards looking natives, seemed waiting our arrival to seek of this way of writing, that it binds us up in service —Drenched to the skin, without changes of the strictest intimacy and closest companion- linen, or any bedding, we sat down to the repast ship with the author. Its attraction is in its provided ; and it would have been difficult to have direct personal sympathy-and its danger in found in India, perhaps, at the moment, a more the temptation it holds out to abuse it. It ing natives, in white dresses, with red or white enables us to share the grand spectacles with turbans, ear-rings of gold, or with emerald drops, which the traveller is delighted-but compels and large silver signet rings on their fingers, crowded us in a manner to share also in the sentiments round each chair, and watched our every glance, to with which he is pleased to connect them. anticipate our wishes. Curries, vegetables, and For the privilege of seeing with his eyes, we fruits, all new to us, were tasted and pronounced
upon; and after a meal, of which every one seemed must generally renounce that of using our
to partake with grateful good humour, we lay down own judgment — and submit to adopt im for the night. One attendant brought a small carpet, plicitly the tone of feeling which he has found another a mat, others again a sheet or counterpane, most congenial with the scene.
till all were provided with something; and thus On the present occasion, we must say, the closed our first evening in India. - The morning reader, on the whole, has been fortunate. for, was shaving a man as he still lay dozing! there,
scene was very ludicrous. Here, a barber uncalled The author, though an officer in the King's another was cracking the joints of a man half service, and not without professional predi- dressed; here were two servants, one pouring water lections, is, generally speaking, a speculative, on, the other washing, a Saheb's hands. In spite sentimental, saintly sort of person—with a of my efforts to prevent them, two well-dressed taste for the picturesque, a singularly
poeti; lad dexteronsly putting on the clothes of a sleepy cal cast of diction, and a mind deeply imbued brother officer, as if he had been an infant under with principles of philanthropy and habits of his care ! - There was much in all this to amuse affection :-And if there is something of fa- the mind, and a great deal, I confess, 10 pain the daise now and then in his sentiments, and heart of a free-born Englishman.”. something of affectation in his style, it is no
Sketches of India, pp. 3—10. more than we can easily forgive, in con- With all this profusion of attendance, the sideration of his brevity, his amiableness, and march of a British officer in India seems a variety.
matter rather of luxury than fatigue,