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for the deference paid to his wishes, for the hospitality, friendship, and respect which he met with from his Clergy and from all the military and civil servants of the Company, in whatever part of the country his Visitations led him, as well as from the King's Government in Ceylon, she can now but offer her own heartfelt thanks. That the Bishop highly appreciated the reception which he experienced, may be generally inferred from his journal ; but the Editor is convinced that the following extracts from a private letter will be peculiarly gratifying to the members of Government in Calcutta, to whom, especially to Mr. Lushington, the Secretary for the Ecclesiastical department, he always considered himself as under much obligation : :-" The Members of Government have done everything for me which I myself wished for, and which was in their power to do; and Mr. Lushington has just now been exerting himself in Council to carry a point for me of great consequence.” Nothing can be fuller or more considerate than the letters which have been sent to the different commissariat and military officers to attend to all my wants in their respective departments.”

The liberality of the Honourable the Court of Directors, in providing the Bishop with a house, and in making him an additional allowance for the expenses of his Visitation, was duly estimated by himself, and is now acknowledged with thankfulness by his widow.

The Editor trusts she inay be forgiven for intruding any mention of her own feelings; but she would find it difficult at this moment to refrain from expressing her deep and grateful sense of the respect and affection shown to her husband's memory by all ranks, all professions, and all classes of British in India, and were it possible that these sentiments could receive a stronger colouring, it would be from the knowledge that the natives of that country participated largely in such feelings; that sincerely as he is regretted by his own countrymen, he is no less so by those for whose eternal welfare he sacrificed his life. From these sources the bitter agonies of his widow's grief received all the alleviation of which such sorrow is susceptible : and though time may soften the poignancy of her loss, her gratitude can never be effaced; and fervent and lasting will be her wishes for the welfare of those whom she has left behind, and to whose personal kindness she was so deeply indebted in the hour of her affliction.

To the Right Honourable Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, the Right Honourable Robert John Wilmot Horton, and those other friends who have contributed so much to the interest of the work by allowing the Editor to publish the Bishop's private Letters addressed to them, she returns her grateful thanks.

For the invaluable and kind assistance afforded her by Sir Robert Harry Inglis in the publication of the work. her warmest acknowledgments are due, and she feels sincere pieasure in thus publicly recording her sense

he obligation she is unde to one of her husband's truest friends.

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On Monday, June 16th, 1823, we went | for all Conditions of Men, General down by the Ramsgate steam-boat, to Thanksgiving, &c. join the 'Thomas Grenville at the Lower On the 20th the ship's company were Hope, accompanied by a party of kind busied, during the early part of the day, relations and friends who were willing in lowering the quarter-deck guns into to let us see as much of them as we the hold, and getting up the baggage could before our necessary separation. for the passengers, an operation which, Captain Manning had the yards of the we are told, is to take place once a fortship manned, and fired a salute in com- night. The effect was singular; the pliment to us. The Grenville weighed whole deck being strewed, during the anchor soon after we were on board, greater part of the morning, with trunks but met with an adverse wind, and and packages either shut or open, looked advanced a very little way down the as if we had been boarded and rifled by river.

pirates. To-day I finished “ Quentin On the 17th we had again baffling Durward,” which I had kept as a rewinds, and could not get round the source of amusement for the voyage. North Foreland. About two o'clock I began it yesterday, and could not stop on the morning of the 18th a fine north till I had quite eaten up my cake. It breeze sprung up, which carried us very will, however, bear reading over more soon into the Downs. We lay off Deal than once.

I am, certainly, much about six hours, waiting for passengers pleased with it. It has more talent and and a fresh supply of water, much to interest as a story than most which have the vexation of the old pilot, who bitterly lately proceeded from the same quarter. regretted that so fine a breeze was Lewis the Xlth is powerfully drawn, allowed to remain useless. It continued, though, notwithstanding the superiority however, and we set off auspiciously at of his talents, he does not, as a rich and six the same evening, sailing with the vivid portrait, so completely please and wind so well on our quarter, and through amuse me as James I. in Nigel.” so smooth a sea, that though the breeze Yet between the two monarchs there grew strong in the night, the motion of are many points of resemblance. Luthe ship was hardly perceptible. dovie Leslie is but a very ordinary

In the course of the day I had pro- daubing of the Scots mercenary soldier, posed to read evening prayers regularly, and only serves to remind us, unpleawhich was received with readiness on santly, of Dugald Dalgetty, and most the part of Captain Manning. Accord- absurdly, and to the ruin of the concluingly, after tea, I repeated, with the sion of the story, blunders at its end party assembled in the cuddy, the Gene- into the triumph which the wishes of ral Confession, Lord's Prayer, Petition the readers had reserved for his nephew

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Quentin himself is precisely the Page | for me at least there is so much which of “ The Abbot;" a raw lively lad, interests and occupies me, that I have thrown by accident into situations of no apprehensions of time hanging heavy great interest and intricacy; and in no

on my hands. very probable manner, and by no great June 22.—This day, being Sunday, merit of his own, rising from poverty and the decks were all beautifully clean, obscurity to fame and great wealth, and having been well scrubbed on Saturday the enjoyment of the object of his affec- night. The awning was spread over tions. The other characters, male and the quarter-deck, and the capstan and female, are mere sketches, but sketches sides of the vessel concealed and ornaof great talent and vivacity. I like them mented with fiags of different nations. all, from the grave, courtly, senten- Chairs were set for the officers and tious, and tipsy old soldier, Lord Craw- passengers on the poop, and round the ford, down to the good-natured, stupid afterpart of the deck, and spars laid burghers of Liege, and the weeping across the remainder as seats for the and the laughing executioner. I would sailors, who attended church in clean except, however, Hayraddin the Bohe- shirts and trowsers, and well washed mian, whose sketch I think a complete and shaved. In the space between the failure; however ambitiously intended capstan and half-deck was a small table (and he seems to have been a favourite set for me and the purser, who acted as with the author) he is a very tame clerk, and I read prayers, and preached compound of Meg Merrilies, of Ronald one of my Hodnet Sermons, slightly Mac Eagh in the “ Legend of Montrose,” altered, to a very attentive and orderly of Pacolet in the “ Pirate,” and of the congregation, of altogether, I should dumb lady in the service of the Countess think, one hundred and forty persons. of Derby, as if a man, in his ambition The awning made really a handsome after a new beverage, should pour wine, church, and the sight was a very pleasing whiskey, beer, and raspberry-vinegar one. into the same cup. And after all, Hay June 24. — This morning we were raddin, with all his talk about planets, roused, after a night of much vexatious palmistry, and atheism, does nothing rolling, by the intelligence that a sail but what a mere ordinary spy would was in sight, by which we might send have done as well, and what, if he had letters to England. I had some ready, been employed to do, he never would and finished others. She was pretty have attempted under the disadvantage close with us at about eight; a small of any peculiarities of dress and manner. dark-sided brig, of very beautiful build,

But though it is very easy to find and with a British pendant, which made fault with “Quentin Durward,” it is de- her pass for a man-of-war, though, on cidedly better than many of Scott's later a nearer approach, the apparent slovenworks, nor is there any man now living liness of her equipment, and a crowd of but Walter Scott who could have written foreign and dirty-looking people on it. So ends the last critique that I shall, board, gave rise to various conjectures. in all probability, compose for a long Captain Manning hoisted out one of his time to come!

cutters with ten oars, besides the quarterOn the 21st we had the same gentle master and the midshipman who combreeze, which, though now shifted to manded, a handsome boat, making, from nearly due north, answered our purpose the appearance of the men, and their extremely well. Our latitude this day discipline, a show little inferior to that at noon was 48° 9', long. W. 7° 21'. of a man-of-war. He sent our letters, The weather fine, though cruelly cold together with two newspapers, and two for Midsummer. I was this morning bottles of milk, a present which he said engaged by. “ Scoresby's Voyage to Old would fairly pay for the carriage of our Greenland in 1822,” but I find two cir dispatches to England. She turned out cumstances for which, at sea, I was by to be a Falmouth packet, nine days out no means prepared :--that, namely, we of Lisbon, crowded with different ad. have no great time for study; and that venturers who had volunteered their

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