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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;
OR THE AISTORY OF DONNA MARIA DE SA.

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 Sad, who swelling into lofty mountains covered with had been the friend of her early in faucy, but foliage 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 subaud 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 palin, gave shade and shelter to the peaceful il in the convent of St. at Goa, she joined Hindoo.

09r party for the afternoon, together with her In the evening went into the Bay, whose busband and children. As the habitations of broad expanse surrounded by undulating emi the Portuguese settlers are principally on the nences, some of which were crowned with

banks of the Mar.duva, which separates into churches and monasteries, formed a pleasing two brauches some miles above Goa, thus contrast with the woody coast to the north. forming an island of twelve miles in length, ward. Anchored about three miles from the aud 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 and other the gentry have large gondolas, in imitaaquatic 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 stands.

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 couvent whilst at Bonubay, that | Knowing that we should be admitted 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 history of the interesting recluse. Mrs. tion, and to bring them into a sitnation where therefore gratified our curiosity whilst their beauties might expand to the opening proceeding up the river. Donna Maria de day:

Sd, was the daughter of a Portuguese

gentleman residing at an English settlement But fute forlade, nor circumscribed alone

on the Malabar coast, and was early distin. Mly daring wishes,"

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 her last parting rays on these devoted cation which was all that the country afforded walls, whilst all around was softening iulober. Brought up under parents, who were sbade, soon sunk below the horizon, and a strict and bigotted Catholics, she still preserpshort-lived twilight gave way to silence and to ed a liberality of sentiment, tbough 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 in infancy, to practise that their lot with that of our fair countrywomen heaven descended virtue-resignation ! ou England's happy shore.

At the age of sixteen she accompanied her Al dawn of day, 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 house 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, fixed their residence, on account of the extreme aud she was strictly forbidden ever again 10 wnhealthiness of the city itself; and here we

see bim. spent the day during tire extreme lieat, in order At this crisis a Portuguese gentleman of that an early dinner should give its 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

year's

settled in the Portuguese service at Ma. were joined by some more of our friends from cao in China, arrived at Madras; he was introthe ship, amongst whom was a lady, a native duced to the furnily of Doopa Maria, and was of ludia, proceeding to Europe with her hus.

so much charmed with ber as to offer terms band and tbree lovely children. This lady to her parents, which they were too prudent to was particular in ber enquiries respecting a refuse. Being obliged to return immediately

No.V.-Vol. 1. V. S.

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

pance.

ere ornamented, in the absence of almost || were fantastically ornamented with artificial every species of clothing.

flowers of variegated hues, such as we see the We now proceeded to the convent of poor lovelorn Ophelia upon

our mimic St. —; and ou making known our wish to boards. see Donna Maria, were admitted into the The first minute of this meeting of the long parlour, where sat a jolly friar, whilst two or separated friends passed in expressive silence, three of the buns were conversing with him which was at last broken by Douna Maria, through the grate; the Lady Albess now who spoke of her happiness on this unexpect. made her appearance, and as many of the ed meeting ; then bastily adverting to ber our nuns in succession as could assemble at the happiness in this scene of religious seclusion, grate, which was about six fcet square, and congratulated herself on being detached froin would easily admit a bead between the bars. a vain world, and thus mystically wedded to The professed nuns were in gencral old, and Christ, as being completely separated from all from their looks of settled sorrow, as well as earthly ties except her love for her child, the effects of their meagre diet, could not be whom she intended to dedicate to God as soon called handsome, though some of them were as the ordinances of the society would permit extremely interesting ; we were introduced to her them ii succession, and seenied to be as much The scene was becoming too affecting, when a show to tbem as tbey were to us; particu. a hasty message from the Abbess announced larly the childreu, with whom they were much that the bell rang for vespers, obliged us to delighted, and we could not belp smiling when part abruptly; but on retiring from the coneach successive party, after admiring the little vent, an ancient lay sister beckoned us to ones, invariably asked “who was their fatber?" || follow ber.-Curious to see the issue of this

To gratify their curiosity, we made our adventure, we advanced towards a garden door friend B-, stand in the front, what excited which led into the cemetery, and crossing it 50 much titter among these female clergywomen, 1 silently under the shade of the branching particularly with two buxom lasses who were palun-trees, we entered the sick ward, where only clad in the white veil of noviciate, that were two or three of the elder nuns, and were the Lady Abbess, fearful the slumbers of the immediately joined by Donna Maria and her two latter might be disturbed, ordered them little girl. Surprized at this occurreoce, so away, and we saw them no more.

The nuns

contrary to our ideas of their customs, we enseemed to pay very little attention to our fair iquired by what magic it was that we bad thus companiou ; those who did speak to her talked obtained admittance; when they informed us of the happiness of their situation and lament- that Donna Maria being unwell was excused ed her fate in being exposed to all the horrors as well as the others from attending the régoof a bustling world. A variety of artificial lar service in the church to which the convent flowers, toys of sbrines and saints in cut paper, was attached, though not exempt from the aud embroidery, were oftered to our notice, and matins, vespers, and vigils in their own we were given to understaud that we might chapel. purchase these, as the produce went to procure Some refreshments were then handed to us the holy sisters some little indulgences of fruit, il in a burried manner, and the moment of part. &c. beyoud the meagre fare of the convent, | ing arrived.- Donna Maria almost involun. whose fuuds were rather on a circumscribed tarily could not belp noticing the situation of scale.

her friend, thus accompanied by her husband On enquiring again for Donna Maria, they is and her children, and surrounded by her told us that her feelings had prevented her as countrymen, going as she observed to a land yet from joining is; however she now ap- of liberty and happiness! --She adverted again proached, leading her little daughter by the tu her own hai pines, but the exertion was hand, our most ardent ideas were here surpassed too much for her spirits, her tears burst forth by the interesting appearance of the poor | amidst the most heart-rending sighs, which secluded mourner, who stole slowly upon our even some among us, who had been accustom. expectation in the sable veil of profession and ed to scenes of horror, could not behold unin the deepest mourning; the effect of this || moved.-One last parting embrace was all was strongly contrasted by the appearance of

tbord remained for the two friends -We rush. the young Maria, clad in white, her auburn ed out of the conveni, and the last rays of the locks playing round an intelligent countenance departing sun, now oniy gilding the highest smiling eveu in despile of monastic austerity, spires in the city, warned us of our departure ; whilst her head, and the whole of her dress, but the doors of the church being open, ko

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