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FROM THE PERIOD OF
THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA,
COMMENCEMENT OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.
IN TWENTY EIGHT VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR RICHARD PHILLIPS,
By T. Gillet, Crown-court, Fleet-street.
native home, erected wherever it may be, and the Tegret of leaving a nation, which, in the hour of flight and misery, had nobly enrolled them in the list. of her own children, and had covered them with protection.
To the eternal honour of these unhappy, but excellent people, be it observed, that they have proved themselves worthy to be received into such a sanctuary. Our country has enjoyed the benefit of their unblemished morals, and their mild, polite, and unassuming manners, and wherever destiny has placed them, they have industriously relieved the national burden attending their support, by diffusing the knowledge of a language, which has in consequence become very general, and, from its great utility as well as beauty, ought to be considered as an important branch of education.
Amongst these groups were some females, the wives and daughters of Toulonese merchants, who left their city when lord Hood abandoned that port. The politeness and attention which were paid to them by the men were truly pleasing. It was the good breeding of elegant habits, retaining all their softness in the midst of adversity, sweetened by the sympathy of mutual and similar sufferings.
They had finished their dinner, and were drinking their favourite beverage of coffee. Poor wanderers ! the water was scarcely turned brown with the few grains which remained of what they had purchased for their journey.
I addressed them, by telling them, that I should have the happiness of being a passenger with them in the same vessel; they said they were fortunate to have in their company one of that nation which would be dear to them as long as they lived. A genteel middle aged woman offered to open a little parcel of fresh coffee, which she had purchased in the town for the voyage, and begged to make some for me. By her manner, she seemed to wish me to consider