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man, and the system of things. That selves. They divested their dignity of a the innocent should be confounded with very splendid distinction, and shewed that the guilty is undoubtedly an evil, but they were more willing than their preit is an evil which no care or caution can decessors to stand on a level with their prevent, National crimes require nati- fellow-subjects. onal punishments, of which many must The new mode of trying elections, if necessarily have their part, who have it be found effectual, will diffuse its connot incurred them by personal guilt. If sequence further than seenis yet to be rebels should fortify a town, the cannon
foreseen. It is, I believe, generally of lawful authority will endanger equal- considered as advantageous only to those ly the harmless burghers and the crimi. who claims seats in Parliament; but, if nal garrison
to chuse Representatives be one of the In some cases, those suffer most who most valuable rights of Englishmen, eveare least intended to be hurt. If the ry voter mult consider that law as adding French in the late war had taken an En
to his happiness, which makes his suffrage glish city, and permitted the natives to efficacious; since it was vain to chule, keep their dwellings, how could it have while the election could be controuled been recovered, but by the Naughter of by any other power. our friends ? A bomb might as well de With that 'imperious contempt of anfroy an Englithman as a Frenchman; cient rights, and what audaciousness of and by famine we know that the inha- arbitrary authority, former Parliaments bitants would be the first that should pe- have judged the disputes about elections, rili.
it is not necessary to relate. The claim This infiction of promiscuous evil of a candidate and the right of electors may therefore be lamented, but cannot are said scarcely to have been, even in be blamed. The power of lawful Go- appearance, referred to conscience; but vernment must be maintained ; and the to have been decided by party, by palmiseries which rebellion produces can be fion, by prejudice, or by frolick. To charged only on the rebels.
have friends in the borough was of little That man likewise is not a Patriot, use to him, who wanted friends in the who denies his Governors their due praise, House; a pretence was easily found to and who conceals from
people the evade a majority, and the benefits which they receive. Those last his, that was chosen not by his electherefore can lay no claim to this illus tors but his judges, trious appellation, who impute want of Thus the nation was insulted with a public spirit to the late Parliament; an mock election, and the Parliament was afsembly of men, whom, notwithstanding filled with spurious Representatives; one some Auctuation of counfel, and some of the most important claims, that of a weakness of agency, the nation must al- right to sit in the Supreme Council of ways remember with gratitude, since it the kingdom, was debated in jest, and is indebted to them for a very ample con no man could be confident of success from cession in the resignation of protections, the juliness of his cause. and a wise and honelt attempt to im A disputed election is now tried with prove the Constitution, in the new ju- the same scrupulousness and folemnity, dicature instituted for the trial of elec: as any other title. The candidate, that tions,
has deserved well of his neighbours, may The right of protection, which might now be certain of enjoying ihe effect of be neceffary when it was first claimed, their approbation ; and the elector, who and was very consistent with that libe- has voted honestly for known merit, mr.ay sality of immunities in which the feu- be certain that he has not voted in vain. dal conftitution delighted, was by its na Such was the Parliament, which some ture liable to abuse, and had in reality of those, who are now aspiring to fit in been sometimes misapplied, to the evasi- another, have taught the rabble to conon of the law, and the defeat of juf- lider as an unlawful convention of men, tice. The evil was perhaps not adequate worthless, venal, and prostitute, slaves to the clamour; nor is it very certain, of the Court, and tyrants of the people. that the poflible good of this privilege That the next House of Commons may was not more than equal to the possible act upon the principles of the last, with evil. It is however plain, that, whether more constancy and higher spirit, must be they gave any thing or not to the public,' the, wish of all, who wish well to the
expect, that the nation will recover from with the proper crew, under the com-
Tome treachery from the savages. They
sat An authentic Account of the miserable
up the whole night in expectation of Fate of ten Men belonging to the Ad- her arrival; but to no purpose. At venture, lately returned from the South day-break, the Captain ordered the long
boat to be hoisted out, and double manSeas, who were surprized by the Savages in New Zealand, put to Death, ned, with Mr. Burney,
second Lieuteand eaten. Extracted from the four- of the marines, with s private men, all
nant, Mr. Freeman, master, the corporal nal of one of the Grew that was ordered to make search for the unhappy two wall-pieces, and three days provisi
well armed, with plenty of ammunition, Sufferers.
Thus equipped, about nine in the ON
N the 30th of November, 1773, we morning we left the ship, and failed and
came 10 an anchor in Charlotta rowed for East-bay, keeping close in Sound, on the coast of New Zealand, shore, and examined every creek we paswhere the thip being moored, and the sed, to find the cutter; we continued our boat sent athore, a letter was found, which search till two in the afternoon, when informed that the Resolution had been we put into a small cove to dress dinner, there, and had failed six days before we While that was getting ready we obserarrived.
ved a company of Indians, seemingly On the first of December we sent the very busy, on the opposite thore; we tents and empty casks on shore to the left our dinner, and rowed precipitately to watering place. The Indians came and the place, where the savages were allemvisited us, and brought us fish and other bled. On our approach they all fed ; refreshments, which we purchased for we followed them closely to a little town pieces of cloth and old nails; and they which we found deserted ; we searched continued this traffic for ten or twelve their huts, and while thus employed the days, seemingly very well pleased. savages returned, and made a thew of
On the 13th some of them came down resistance; but some trifling presents hein the night and robbed the tents: the ing made their chiefs, they were very Afironomer, getting up to make an ob- foon appeased. However, on our reservation, milled some things, and char- turn to our boat, they followed us, and ged the sentinel with taking them; but some of them threw ftones. After we while they were in discourse, they spied had dined, we renewed our search, and an Indian creeping from the shore to at proper intervals kept firing our wallwards them : they fired at him, and pieces, as signals to the cutter, if any of wounded him, but he got off and retired her people Thould happen to be within to the woods. The report of the gun hearing. had alarmed his companions, who deler
About five in the afternoon we opented the canoe in which they came, and ed a small bay, where we saw a large fed likewise into the woods.
double canoe, and a body of Indians The waterers, who were now apprized hauling her up upon the beach. We of what had happened, and were out up- quickened our course to come up with on the search, found the canoe, and in them, but they instantly fled on seeing it most of the things that had been fto us approach : this made us suspect that len.
fome mischief had been done. On landNothing remarkable happened after ing, the first thing we saw in the canoe, this till the 17th, when, preparing for was one of the cutter's row-lock-boards
On advancing farther up the beach, we of hard wood, and instead of iron mounfound several of their baskets, and saw ted with bone. We could discover noone of their dogs eating a piece of broil- thing belonging to the cutter but one ed flesh; we examined it, and suspected of the oars, which was broken and fuck it to be human; and in one of their baf- in the sand, to which they had tied the kets having found a hand, which we fastenings of their canoes. It was surknew to be the left hand of Thomas pected that the dead bodies of our peoHill, by the letters T. H. being marked ple had been divided among the different on it, we were no longer in doubt about parties of savages that had been concernthe event, We pursued the savages ased in the mafiacre ; and it was not imfar as was practicable ; but without suc- probable but that the party that was cess. On our return we destroyed their feen at a distance were feasting upon canoe, and continued our search. At some of the others, as those on the shore half aster fix in the evening we opened had been upon what were found, before Gralscove, where we saw a great many they were disturbed by our crew in the Indians assembled on the beach, and fix long boat. Be that as it may, we could or seven canoes floating in the surf. We discover no traces of more than four bostood in shore, and when the favages saw dies, nor could we tell where the savaus, they retreated to a rising hill, close ges had concealed the cutter. It was now by the water-lide. We were in doubt, near night, and our Lieutenant not whether it was through fear that they thinking it safe to trust our crew in the retreated, or with a design to decoy us dark, in an open boat, within reach of to an ambuscade. Qur Lieutenant de- such cruel barbarians, ordered the canoes termined not to be surprized, and there to be broken upand deltroyed ; and, af. fore, running close on shore, ordered the ter carefully collecting the remains of grapplings to be dropt near enough to our mangled companions, we made the reach them with our guns, but at too best of our way from this polluted place, great a distance to be unde: any appre- and got on board the tip before midhenfions from their treachery. In this night. About four the next morning we pohtion we began to engage, taking aim, weighed anchor, and about seven got and determining to kill
as many of them under way, and pursued our course home. 2.s our guns could reach. It was some time In the mean time, the surgeon examined before we dislodged them ; but, at length the remains of the bodies brought on many of them being wounded, and some board, but couid not make out to whom killed, they began to disperse. Our they belonged ; so they were decently Lieutenant improved their pannic, and, laid together, and, with the ufual foc fupported by the officers and marines, lemnity on board ships, committed to the leapt on shore, and pursued the fugitives. deep. We had not advanced far from the water-Gide, before we beheld the most hor- The happy Adoption, an extraordinary rible fight that ever was seen by any
Story. Related by an old Batchelor. European; the heads, hearts, livers and TN the month of July, in the year
1773, fome bufiness calling me to Lonbroiling on the file, and their bowels don, I took a lodging in the house of a lying at the distance of about fix yards reputable tradesman whom I shall call from the fire, with several of their hands Mason, near Charing-crofs ; in this house and limbs in a mangled condition, some I occupied the middle apartment, and broiled, and some raw; but no other frequently heard the not unpleasing found parts of their bodies, which gave cause of a light female footstep on the floor aio suspect that the cannibals had feasted bove me, and on the Naircase. Good and eaten all the rest. We observed a
manners forbad my opening my chamber large body of them allembled on the top door, to indulge my curiosity with a light of a hill, at about two miles distance of my fellow lodger; but chance foon but night coming on, we durft not ad- gratified my wish, by my accidentally vance to attack them : neither was it coming in at the street door as the was thought safe to quit the shore, to take ac- Nepping out. There was something uncount of the number killed, our body commonly interesting in the appearance being small, and the savages numerous of this young person, exclusive of either and fierce. They were armed with long youth or beauty, though the paffelled lances, and with weapons not unlike the
not being abnye eighteen
ceeded from a look of diffidence, and an In short, after long puzzling myself, unfathioned air, which denoted her to be in vain,-about this fair mystery, I gave unpractised in the arts or habits of the up all hopes of being able to unravel her world.
deltiny, and endeavoured to banish her She palled along, and I entered my and her riddle-me-ree situation intirely landlady's parlour, impelled by an ear out of my mind ; when one evening after nelt desire to know something more of dusk, a loud rapping at the door, and the the fair vision which had glided by me. entrance of a perion in a sedan chair, Mrs. Mason readily informed me of all who enquired for Miss Williams, revived she knew relative to the young woman, mine and my landlady's curiosity, who whose name she said was Williams ; that flew out of her parlour, and lighted up she had been recommended to her by a a Gentleman nearly of my own age to her person whom she had formerly known, young inmate's apartment, and putting and who had kept a little school at Hor- out her candle, and gently slepping into Tham in Sussex ; that she had lodged and a closet adjoining to Miss Williams's boarded with her about four months, pay, room, sat herself down to listen to the ing regularly for her entertainment at the conversation that was to pass at this inend of every week ; that she never went terview. out but to Church, which she daily fre In about three quarters of an hour, I quented, or to take a walk round the was surprized and shocked at hearing a Park; that never any creature had come sudden noise, like that of a heavy weight to visit her, since she had been under tumbling on the floor, which was instanther roof; that she was of a grave, but ly followed by a loud and piercing Ohriek, not a melancholy cast, worked well at which was almost as suddenly echoed by her needle, seemed fond of reading, and Mrs. Mason from her concealment which sometimes sung very sweetly in her own me now quitted, and called out for help chamber, when the thought no one could for the dead gentleman. On this alarm, hear her ; that the often declined accom I flew up stairs, and found the disconsopanying her to any of the public gardens, late Miss Williams kneeling on the nor could ever be prevailed upon to fit ground, with a ghaftly aspect, and vainfive minutes at a time in the shop; that ly endeavouring to raise a lifeless body, the sometimes mentioned her having a whose weight was much too ponderous friend in the country, whom Me much for her strength; I aided her with all of wished to see, but did not expect that mine ; and our landlord coming to our pleasure soon.
assistance, we with some difficulty laid From this account I found it impoffi- the corpse, for such it now was, upon her ble to form any reasonable conjecture bed. with regard to the real situation of this My fervant was instantly dispatched young woman. Her forlorn and friends for a Surgeon, who arrived in a few njiefs state mighe induce a belief of her be- nutes. During this interval, the unhaping one of those unhappy females who py girl showed every symptom of the have been seduced from the fostering arms deepest sorrow; the fixed her eyes upon of parental affection, and kept secluded the lifeless form that lay before her, and from the world to gratify the suspicious exclaimed, “Oh! he is gone! my father, temper of her betrayer, who, conscious friend, and benefactor ?" At the same of his designing to abandon her, might time, drops, chafing, sprinkling of wanaturally suspect her fidelity to him. Butter, and every other means, were used in such a case the absence of her lover to call back the parting spirit which had would be a cause of sorrow ; and Miss fo lately left its long-accustomed mans Williams was not sad: her confinement, on. But when the surgeon had vainly too, was voluntary, and her constant atten- tried to make the stagnated blood flow dance on the service of the Church spoke from the open vein, and steadily pronouna mind devoid of guilt, or its attendant, ced that life was fed, distraction seizshame. If she was privately married, ed on the now wretched maid ; the tore her husband would either write, or come her hair, beat her breast, and hardly to her, and she would necessarily bewail was with-held from doing violence upon his absence ; and if the was what the ap.. herself. At length, quite overcome by peared to be, a virtuous single woman, the too strong exertion of her passions, it was almost impoffible Me should be so the fainted quite away, from whence the totally unconnected with the whole world recovered to a state of languid stupefactias not to have one frier orrespon- on, and seemed insensible to all around
her. In this melancholy situation the son's was intirely needless; for the cuwas conveyed into my apartment, where riosity of his spouse was a sufficient inI left her with Mrs. Malon, and returned citement to make her use every means in up Nairs to enter into consultation with her power to discover the history both of the man of the house and the Surgeon, 'the living and the dead. But after all to determine in what manner to proceed her moft earnest and reiterated enquiries, on this extraordinary event.
The received no reply from the almost peMy landlord had already searched the trified Miss Williams, but, “ Alas! I pockets of the deceased, but found nei- know not." ther letter, or address of any kind, that I confefs I was now startled at her could indicate who he was. In his pocket persevering in such an answer, and bebook there were Bank of England Bills gan to fear her reason was disordered by to the amount of two hundred pounds, the shock her sensibility must have reone half of which were folded in a piece ceived from the sudden death of one of paper, on which were endorsed in a whom I considered, from all apparent very particular hand writing, Mary Wil. circumstances, as her parent, or guardiliams,
I therefore advised her being imWe all remained totally at a loss in mediately let blood, and suffered to give what manner to proceed, when ing land- full vent to her sorrows, without being lord, who was extremely anxious for the interrupted or importuned for the precredit of his house, and of course unwil- fent, by any farther questions. With ling that a Coroner's Inqueft Tould be much difficulty I obtained a promise of held there, observed, that his wife must profound Glence from Mrs. Mason, and know more of the matter than we, as the leaving the fair mourner in poffeffion of had been listening to all the discourse my apartment, I went to look for a bed that passed between the Corpse and Miss at the Hummums. Williams, previous to his death. Mrs. On my return home in the morning, Mason was accordingly summoned from I found all that Mr. Mason's fears had her attendance on the afflicted fair one, predicted, fully verified ; the Scarchers and questioned with regard to what she had entered his house, and a very riothad discovered in her auditory, as to the ous mob were gathered round it, who name, profession, or connections of the threatened to pull it down, if they were deceased; but all our enquiries were not suffered to see the corpse of the man fruitless; she said Miss Williams only whom they said he had murdered. When called him Sir, and addressed him with I had made my way through thể croud, the respe&tful manners of an affectionate I found both Mr. and Mrs. Mason in the daughter; while he seemed to treat her utmost distress, not knowing how to act, with the familiar tenderness of a fond as Miss Williams, though to all appearand long absent father, and even rallied ance in her perfećt senses, perfifted ftill her on her having been so long in Lon on denying her having any knowledge of don, without having ventured under the the name, family, profession, or abode, matronage of the good woman of the of her deceased friend and benefactor. house, to partake of any of its pleasures. I could scarcely give credit to the re
As my landlady's information did not port of such peculiar obstinacy, in a case suggest the least rule for our conduct in where it must involve others in real difthe present difficult crisis, her husband ficulties, without apparently benefiting inlisted on her endeavouring to persuade herself, and took upon me to persuade Miss Williams to acquaint her with the her to be so far communicative with rename and abode of the deceased, that he gard to her departed friend, as might might be conveyed home that night, and relieve the good people of the house fave them any further trouble; alledg- from the irksomeness of their present fiing, that in case that was not done, he tuation. I framed my address towards must be obliged to send for the Searchers the weeping maid with all the foftriefs in the morning, and keep his shop Mut and gentleness I could possibly affume ; perhaps all day, as no one would chuse she heard me patiently, and even seemed to come into a house where there was a to suppress her sighs, and stop her flowing corpse whose death they could not account tears, to liften to my speech. for; particularly as the report of the But when I ceased ipeaking, the rose, plague's being landed had been so rife the and with a look of the most perfect innopreceding winter.
cence, and all the firmnefs which attends This ingenious harangue of Mr, Ma- on truth, fell on her knees before me,