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er separated from an object so dear to his heart, and on whom he doated with the fondest affection. The generous captor indulged him in these conversations, and, being a husband himself, knew how to allow for all the tenderness of his sensations. " Ah, sir," cried Don Manuel, " would to Heaven it were in
my power to have the honour of presenting my be" loved Leonora to you on our landing at Lisbon"Perhaps,'' added he, turning to Pedrosa, who at that moment entered the cabin, “this gentleman, “ whom I take to be a Spaniard, may have heard the " name of Donna Leonora de Casafonda; if he has “ been at Madrid, it is possible he may have seen “ her; should that be the case, he can testify to her " external charms; I alone can witness to the exse quisite perfection of her mind."'_- Senor Don 66 Manuel,” replied Pedrosa, “ I have seen Donna « Leonora, and your excellency is warranted in all
you can say in her praise ; she is of incomparable 4 beauty.” 'These words threw the uxorious Spaniard into raptures; his eyes sparkled with delight; the blood rushed into his emaciated cheeks, and every feature glowed with unutterable joy: he pressed Pedrosa with a variety of rapid enquiries, all which he evaded by pleading ignorance, saying that he had only had a casual glance of her, as she passed along the Pardo. The embarrassment, however, which accompanied these answers, did not escape the English captain, who shortly after drawing Pedrosa aside ina to the surgeon's cabin, was by him made acquainted with the melancholy situation of that unfortunate lady, and every particular of the story as before related; nay, the very vial was produced, with its cona tents, as put into the hands of Pedrosa by the inquisidor.
66 Can there be such villainy in man??? cried the British captain, when Pedrosa had concluded his detail; salas! my heart bleeds for this 166 unhappy husband : assuredly that monster has de* stroyed Leonora ; as for thee, Pedrosa, whilst the “ British flag flies over thy head, neither Spain, nor “ Portugal, nor Inquisitors, nor Devils, shall annoy " thee under its protection; but if thou ever ventur. “ est over the side of this ship, and rashly settest ony “ one foot upon Catholic soil, when we arrive at Lis "! bon, thou art a lost man."-"I were worse than a " madman,” replied Nicolas, "should I attempt it."
" Keep close in this asylum then,” resumed the captain," and fear nothing: had it been our fate to “ have been captured by the Spaniard, what would ! have become of thee?". In the worst of extremi. " ties," replied Nicolas, “ I should have applied to " the inquisidor's vial; but I confess I had no fears " of that sort; a ship so commanded, and so manned, " is in little danger of being carried into a Spanish port.”—
"L" I hope not,” said the captain, "and I “promise thee thou shalt take thy chance in her, so " long as she is afloat under,my command, and if " we live to conduct her to England, thou shalt have “thy proper share of prize-money, which, if the gai. "leon breaks up according to her entries, will be 6 something towards enabling thee to shift, and if 6 thou art as diligent in thy duty, as I am persuaded 66 thou wilt be, whilst I live thou shalt never want a « seaman's friend.”-At these cheering words, little Nicolas threw himself at the feet of his generous preserver, and with streaming eyes poured out his thanks from a heart animated with joy and gratitude. The captain raising him by the hand, forbade him as he prized his friendship, ever to address him in that posture any more ; 6 thank me, if you will," added he, “but thank me as one man should another; let "no knees bend in this ship but to the name of God. " —But now," continued he, " let us turn, oui 6 thoughts to the situation of our unhappy Casafon. 6 da; we are now drawing near to Lisbon, where he 66 will look to be liberated on his parole."-" By ng
e means let him venture into Spain," said Pedrosa; ** I am well assured there are orders to arrest him in 6 every port or frontier town, where he may present himself.' .— I can well believe it,” replied the captain;.* his piteous case will require further delibere &c ation; in the mean time let nothing transpire on
your part, and keep yourself out of his sight as co carefully as you can.
"_This said, the captain left the cabin, and both parties repaired to their several occupations.
As soon as the frigate and her prize cast anchor in the Tagus, Don Manuel de Casafonda impatiently reminded our captain of his promised parole. The painful moment was now come, when an explanation of some sort became unavoida able: the generous Englishman, with a countenance expressive of the tenderest pity, took the Spaniard's hand in his, and seating him on a couch beside him, ordered the centinel to keep the cabin private, and delivered himself as follows
" Senor Don * Manuel, I must now impart to you an anxiety
which í laþour under on your account; I have “ strong reason to suspect you have enemies in your "own country, who are upon the watch to arrest you “ on your landing; when I have told you this, l'ex
pect you will repose such trust in my honour and - the sinceriy of my regard for you, as not to de6 mand a further explanation of the particulars, on "s which my intelligence is founded.”- Heaven and ( earth !” cried the astonished Spaniard, “who can * be those enemies I have to fear, and what can I “ have done to deserve them?”—“So far I will open
myself to you,” answered the captain, “as to “point out the principal to you, the inquisidor gen" eral.”- The best friend I have in Spain,” exclaimed the governor, “. my sworn proiector, the
my fortune: he my enemy! impossible.” css Well sir,' repbed the captain, " if my advice * does not meet belief, I must so far exert my atten " thority for your sake, as to make this ship your 4 prison, till I have waited on our minister at Lis. • bon, and made the enquiries necessary for your " safety; suspend your judgment upon the seeming 6 harshness of this measure till I return to you again;" and at the same time rising from his seat, he gave orders for the barge, and leaving strict injunctions with the first lieutenant not to allow of the governor's quitting the frigate, he put off for the shore, and left the melancholy Spaniard buried in profound and si. lent meditation.
The emissaries of the In. quisition having at last traced Pedrosa to Lisbon, and there gained intelligence of his having entered on board the frigate, our captain had no sooner turned into the porch of the hotel at Buenos-Ayres, than be was accosted by a messenger of state with a requisi. tion from the prime minister's office for the surrender of one Nicolas Pedrosa, a subject of Spain and a criminal, who had escaped out of the prison of the Inquisition in Madrid, where he stood charged of high crimes and misdemeanors.--As soon as this re quisition was explained to our worthy captain, with. out condescending to a word in reply he called for pen and ink, and writing a short order to the officer commanding on board, instantly dispatched the midshipman, who attended him, to the barge with direc. tions to make the best of his way back to the frigate and deliver it to the lieutenant: Then turning to the messenger, he said to him in a resolute tone That "Spaniard is now borne on my books, and before “ you shall take him out of the service of my King,
you must sink his ship."-Not waiting for a reply, he immediately proceeded without stop to the house of the British Minister at the further end of the city: Here he found Pedrosa's intelligence with regard to the Governor of Quito expressly verified, for the op der had come down even to Lisbon upon the chance of the Spanish frigate's taking shelter in that port:
To this Minister he related the horrid tale, which Pe. drosa had delivered to him, and with his concurrence it was determined to forward letters into Spain, which Don Manuel should be advised to write to his lady and friends at Madrid, and to wait their answer before any
further discoveries were imparted to him respecting the blacker circumstances of the case: te - the mean time it was resolved to keep the prisoner E: safe in his asylum. The generous captain losta
no time in returning to his frigate, where he immedie ately imparted to Don Manuel the intelligence he had obtained at the British Minister's". This indeed," cried the afflicted Spaniard, " is a stroke I was in no
respect prepared for; I had fondly persuaded my"6 self there was not in the whole empire of Spain a " more friendly heart than that of the Inquisidor's;
to.my beloved Leonora he had ever shewn the ten6 derness of a paternal affection from her very child. “ hood; by him our hands were joined; his lips pro6 nounced the nuptial benediction, and through his * favour I was promoted to my government: Grant, " Heaven, no misfortune hath befallen my Leonora!
surely she cannot have offended him and forfeited * his favour." -"As I know him not,” replied the Captain, “I can form no judgment of his mo6. tives; but this I know, that if a man's heart is ca. “pable of cruelty, the fittest school to learn it in, “ must be the Inquisition.” The proposal was now suggested of sending letters into Spain, and the Governor retired to his desk for the purpose of writing them; in the afternoon of the same day the Minister paid a visit to the Captain, and receiving a packet from the hands of Don Manuel, promised to get it forwarded by a safe conveyance according to direca tion.
in due course of time this fatal letter ~from Leonora opened all the horrible transaction to the wretched husband :
The guilty hand of an expiring wife, under the agoniza