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after the natives dethroned the King, Sawmy, who was still. of consis and delivered up to us the whole derable influence in the country, fre. Kandian territory, in the year 1815; quently visited the Major, to make and, in particular, from an exami- inquiries respecting his health, and nation of several 'native people of to see that he was kindly treated, Ceylon, which was made before the and had his provisions dressed to his British resident in the capital of Kan- liking. Here the Major died a natudy in the year 1816, in presence of ral death, about two months after his several gentlemen, that, about a arrival, being very ill for several days twelvemonth after the massacre of the before his death, as the natives who British troops, Major Davie was living attended him said, of a discharge of at the village of Gonagodda, in the blood and swelled feet, and that dur. district of Dombera, about eight Eng. ing his illness the King sent him a lish miles distant from Kandy; andl doctor to attend him. that, although he was a prisoner, he . He was buried at the side of a was as kindly and attentively treated lake, in a valley, at the bottom of the as circumstances would admit of, not street where he died; and the actual being kept in close confinement, but period of his decease is fully ascertainpermitted to walk about at some dis, ed to have been in the month of July tance from the village, attended by a 1812. small guard to prevent his escape, and Major Davie was, by all the - acthe chief man of the village being an- counts of the natives, until the attack swerable for him with his head. Ma- of illness of which he died, in tolerjor · Davie was abundantly supplied able health and spirits; and, in reply with provisions by the orders of the to some queries as to the manner in King of Kandy, through the medium which he passed his time, the people of the people of the village, agreeable said he was principally, when in the to the custom of the country. He house, employed reading a small book, went among the people by the name which they described as about the of the Englishman. After this, it ap- size of a duodecimo volume. Various pears, he lived for some time at the reports were, in general, circulatel village of Napana, also in the district throughout 'Ceylon respecting the of Dombera, about two miles from manner in which he died, such as, Kandy, probably about a year, and that he had been carried off in a pawas then removed to the village of lanquin by the King's orders, and Coralcadda, in the same district, four thrown into a river, and various other miles from Kandy, and which latter fictions, all of which, as well as the movement was in consequence of some previous distressing accounts respectapprehensions that were entertained ing their treatment of him, turned out by the Adigar, that he might be se- to be totally unfounded, for he not cretly carried off to Columbo. In only continued for nearly eight years Coralcadda he resided for about in good health and spirits, but two years, after which he was taken he had actually opened a commuto the village of Wattapana, two miles nication with Sir Thomas Maitland, from his last place of abode, and here who, when Governor of Ceylon, used he liyed about four years, and was the most able and unremitting exeragain taken to his former place of re- tions to obtain his release or effect his sidence at Gonagodda, a short tiine escape, which last would have most previous to his being brought in a probably been accomplished, had not close prisoner to Kandy, in conse- Major Davie's powerful constitution quence of a report which had reached yielded, after nine years detention, to the King, of Major Davie's having the great unhealthiness of climate privately sent some letters to Colum- which prevails in the interior of Ceybo ;-for assisting him in conveying lon. which, two of the natives were put to death by the King's orders.

CORRESPONDENCE OF THE DE COVERAt Kandy, Major Davie lived in a

LÉY FAMILY. house in Malabar Street, belonging to

No. v. a person named Mootto Sawmy, a descendant of the Prince of that name,

To Rịchard De Coverley, Esq. whom 'the Adigar had basely put to ' Bandyborough, Sept. 7. death at the time of the massacre of Two long letters and no answer ! the British. The younger Mootto What can you be about my dear

Richard ? If I were not more amiable usual, plain and ladylike, would have than any lamb, or dove, or animal of had nothing in it remarkable, but for gentler nature still, if there be one, I a silk handkerchief of varied colours, should punish you by imitating your which had been tied on in the French silence; but as I do happen to be style, but was pushed back, till, in very amiable, and moreover very wise, the most grotesque manner imaginI, shall forbear and begin this third able, it rested at the very top of her letter, rather than be a sufferer myself head, leaving the rich curls of her by your punishment, not without che- yellow hair to fall unconfined on each rishing a hope, that, ere it is finished, side of her face, but not so as to conyou may account in person for your ceal her very intellectual forehead. A silence, and the pleasure of writing paper and pencil were in her hand, may be exchanged for the far dearer and it was easy to see she was under oné of seeing and talking to you. In the inspiration of the Muses. the mean time, write I must, for I: A hair-brain'd sentimental trace am seized with a sudden fancy to de Was strongly marked in her face; scribe to you Mary Leslie, a task I and her large blue eye, though turnhave not yet attempted, owing to its ed on empty space,“ beamed keen extreme difficulty, but I forewarn you with horror ?" to guard your truant heart, for I have

I could almost have wished to determined that this young lady shall

have retirerl, for my errand had nocaptivate George, and I will not allow

how thing to do with Parnassus, but I

th you to disturb my plans. The task

was prevented by her seeing me, of describing Mary Leslie is indeed a

and rising hastily, she advanced in difficult one, and I feel like a painter a

is a hearty good humoured way to who may give you the features exact

exact. meet me, throwing the paper aside, ly, but, unless he catch the exprese and exclaiming, “ Welcome to my sion that animates them, his picture abstle**

Te castle, Miss De Coverley! You find will never be a good one; so that the it in

e it in strange disorder, but if you come more varying the expression, the

again in a day or two, every shell and greater the difficulty for the poor

stone will have taken its station on its painter, and for me in attempting

opting own shelf, and my cap," continued even a sketch of Mary Leslie. An

she, laughing as she turned to the outline of her character I could easily

glass, “ shall be seated more steadily give. A painter, too, might easily

if I can contrive to keep it so." “ í copy the regularity of her features;

am afraid," said I, “ the Muses have but neither he nor I can hope to catch

fied át my approach, and well they the varying expression, the passing misht

3 might, for a less exalted errand could shadows, 'and the bright but fceting

euing scarcely have brought me here. Dare lights, that are come and gone ere i

ere I say, that I come to consult you ayou can paint their place, leaving bout the rout we are to give this evensometimes behind them a countenance ing, for as it is our first in the land so utterly destitute of animation, that

of Bandyborough, I am utterly ignoyou can scarce help exclaiming, “ 'Tis

rant of the etiquette necessary on the Greece, but living Greece no more !"

y occasion.” “Ah !” cried she, shaking But not such was the case when I

her head, and looking inimitably droll, found her this morning in a small turreted chamber, (for Mr Leslie's is a 6 What motley cares Corilla's mind perplex, · dwelling of the olden time,) surround- While maids and metaphors conspire to ed by books, papers, shells, and fossils, some few arranged on shelves, I was indeed in attendance on the but the rest scattered in will confu- Muses, who sometimes yisit me when sion on the antique furniture of an I retire to my fastnesses in this old apartment as whimsical as its fair tower, but it is not often that their owner herself. , Miss Leslie did not place is, as now, supplied by the Loves immediately perceive my entrance, a and Graces ;, and so, when I havę stream of light from a narrow Gothic cleared a chair, let us sit down and casement falling full upon her, while console ourselves if we can, I for the I remained in comparative darkness, departure of the Muses, you, that so and I had a moment's pause for ob- fine a speech was not made to you by servation. She was seated in a richly a finer person, and let us talk over the carved elbow chair. Her dress, as business of the evening." You will scarcely believe that I could not have finding her still inclined to lecture, consulted a person more au fait to the we took refuge in flight, and papa, he, arrangement of a card party, than this and I, had paced up and down the votary of the Muses, who contrivell garden, talking and laughing for about to mix correct information on the a quarter of an hour, when the clock subject with so much wit and drolstruck one, and a carriage drove up lery, that I listened, and laughed, till to the door two, and the step was I became convinced there is a bright let down-three, and my uncle Daside even of a rout in a country town, vid was in the hall, watch in lrand. Such was Mary Leslie this morning “ Always to my time! sister-always the Mary Leslie of this evening may to my time! I hope you received my be quite a different creature. Adieu letter !” were his first words. Very for the present. I am called in aunt different to George, as Mamma justly Eleanor's most commanding tones, observed. I expected they would My uncle David must be arrived! have been pointed against him by my

Thursday Night.-How could I aunt, but uncle David is no favourite suppose my uncle David would come of hers, and I think they operated in at two o'clock, when he said he should George's favour. I need say no more not be with us till three ? Not uncle of my uncle. You know, by long David's was the step I heard bound- experience, what he said to each of ing up three stairs at once. Oh no! us, and we had only one novelty. I had opened the door to obey the « So, Mr De Coverley, you have got summons of my aunt, and in another into your new house I see." I will moment I was in the arms of our own therefore employ my remaining page dear George I looking so well, and so in informing you, our debút on the handsome! and I so happy! there party-giving stage was a successful could not be a more joyous moment. one, but I wish you had been here to But before we had time to think half see the difference between a town and this, we ran down stairs together, my country rout. No crush of carriages ! aunt vociferating the whole time from for two sedan chairs fetched and carthe bottom, “ But George, my dear ried the ladies, while the gentleinen George, why did not you write? tripped, as they best could, in their How could you come without writing? black stockings through the dust. When will you learn to be consider. No crowd I thirty or forty formed the ate?” While my father, mounting whole strength of our party. No contwo or three steps, as if impatient of fusion ! for Mr Scamony, the presidhis momentary absence, and holding ing genius of the card-tables, filed out his hand to him, exclaimed, of four and four till all were filled, Never inind his letters, Mrs Elea- taking care to place those near the nor, never mind his letters; how can window who liked air, and those at a you think of them when the dear boy distance who were afraid of cold, and is here himself?". In the hall we bringing shawls and whispered confound mamma, staring as she had solations to those who were not condone on George's first appearance, sidered so decidedly on the aged or and it was not till he had placed her invalid list as to be consulted. There on the sofa, and seated himself be was no flirting, for of the three unside her, that she broke silence, say- married men, one had lost his heart ing, “ Dear me! I thought it must and engaged his hand ; another was be my brother David !” “ I hope you at cards; and George, than whom don't think so now, Ma'am," said there could not have been a more useGeorge. “Bless me, no my dear, less person on such an occasion, was you are so very different; besides, I the third. What could we forlorn am as glad to see you," added she, damsels have done without Mr Scathe tear trembling in her eye, "as if mony? who snuffed our candles, turnit had been Dick !” George gave her ed over the leaves of our books of a kiss of thanks, and then attenupted prints, repeated a few novelties from to apologise to aunt Eleanor, by as- Joe Miller, and was again' at Mamsuring her he had written, as he could ma's side, attending to her beseeching prove, by shewing her the letter which eye when a card-table broke up, and he had unfortunately thrown into his some other anxious expectants were portfolio, and brought himself, in- called into action. My uncle David stead of sending it by the post; but looked perfectly comfortable, either playing the safe rubber he is so fa- plied she, “ there is no necessity for mous for, or conversing on those im- my talking, there are plenty to entermortal topics, short days, late dinners, tain him without me." Avd after - foggy mornings and fine noons, Lon- these few words in a sleepy and nondon bread and country bread, &c. &c. chalante tone, she resumed her occuIn this way cards were shuffled, re- pation, and I heard no more. At freshments eaten, many foolish and night I asked George if he admired some wise things said to wile away Miss Leslie. After some little conthe time, till the chairs were again in sideration, he replied, “ I scarcely attendance, and one by one the party observell her, she seemed so very studropped away, leaving only ourselves pid, but I think she has a pretty nose." and einpty card-tables at 12 o'clock. So much for my first, and, I think,

All but myself are now, I trust, my last attempt at match-making, asleep, their dreams as little disturbed which, considering George is still at by Honours and Odd tricks, as those of College, might have been delayed å George are likely to be by the charms little longer. And now, good night, of Mary Leslie, the provoking Mary my dear Richard, let not many good Leslie! She came into the room when nights come and go before I have most of the party had assembled: her the delight of assuring you in person dress was what you would admire, how truly I am, your affectionate sismoderately fashionable, easy and ele. ter, gant. She looked handsome too, but

Fanny De Coverley. the first glance convinced me that the spirit of the morning had fled, and, to use an expressive phrase, her

To Miss De Coverley, Bundyborough. a company face” was on. She soon

I' 14.1 1 seated herself by one of the most

London, Sept. 5. stupid of our young ladies, and I was Your two last interesting letters, surprised at the versatility which ena- my dear Fanny, deserved a more bled her to lower the tone of her con- speedy acknowledgment of my grati, versation to that of her insipid com- tude. That I have been so tardy, is panion.. " Still I admire you," owing to my having delayed writing thought'I, “ and there is something from day to day, hoping that my letin the calm good nature of your coun- ter would only contain those few weltenance and deportment which re- come words." Expect us at Bandyminds me of a deep and placid river borough to-morrow evening." The flowing gently on its course, while it cause of our present detention is the meets with no inequalities to obstruct, arrival of Lady Mary Trevor, who is no breezé to ruffle its waves, no sun- come up to town to consult Cline ashine to make them sparkle; but now bout little Arthur's lameness. Sir that I have introduced you to George, Edward and the rest of the family will let me hope for a little foam, a little follow in a week or ten days; and, in sparkle, a faint reflection at least of the mean time, Ned and I have been the morning's brilliancy." No such , in pursuit of a house to establish them thing! She had risen early, had gar- in for the winter. Of all occupations dened, was tired, and the impulse of this is one of the most wearisome; but good nature removed, her counte- we have been successful at last; and nance, and the whole attitude of her Sir Edward, who, whenever he moves, person sunk gradually into an ap- brings wife, children, governesses, and, pearance of such utter insouciance, I verily believe, half the population of that at last scarce a ray of sense could Cambria with him, will take up his be traced on a face which I had seen winter quarters at that“ very spacious, so beaming with intelligence. When genteel, and desirable residence, No. spoken to, she scarcely heard, answer. 44, Baker Street, Portman Square." ed at random, and appeared absorbed Ned only waits to embrace his father in the contemplation of a book of and sisters, and then we shall take plates which I knew her to have seen wing for my own dear nest. I am so twenty times before. I overheard entirely home sick, that, were it not Miss Wilmot chiding her for not for the disappointinent it would cause speaking more to George, and assur- my friend, I would set off this ining her he would be very agreeable. stant, leave him to follow as he could, “ I have nothing to say to him," re- defer my introduction to the patriarch, and miss the opportunity of losing my Thursday. Once more, dear sister, heart to Miss Trevor, which last event adieu. (if she be, as old Samuel told me she Friday, Sept. 8.--Amidst the mawas, “ the very moral of Master Ed. nifold cross accidents that are daily ward”) is as certain to take place as occurring, I hold it to be matter of that my mother, when she hears this, congratulation that I have two fortuwill say, “ Dear me ! surely Richard nate events to record. The first is, cannot admire her, if she is like Mr that we secured the house in Baker Trevor. Why he is six feet two ; and Street on Tuesday, for, had that not then his face is so long and so sallow, been the case, Sir Edward, the twelve with black whiskers ; and he looked children, and their multitudinous biquite frightful the day he put on sis- ped and quadruped followers must ter Eleanor's bonnet." Nay, I feel it have pitched their tents in the Reis as certain as that you, my fair sis- gent's Park, for no hotel, unless empter, will put on a saucy smile, and tied of all its former inmates, could say," Take care, brother; for, if have accommodated them. The seMiss Trevor resemble her brother, she cond is, that I did not, as I had prewould, I fancy, rather hear her dog viously intended, send off my letter, bark at a crow, than a man swear he yesterday morning, as it now affords loves her. Beware of love's labour me an opportunity of telling you, my lost, and Rosamond's pond." It is as dear Fanny, our subsequent advencertain as that my dear mother will tures, and the steadfast purpose of our begin to look alarmed for her darling, resolved minds to leave London before and that my father will bid her be sun-rise on Tuesday, and arrive at comforted, for that, from his know- Bandyborough in time for your Goledge of Dick's character, he would thic dinner-hour on Wednesday the ensure his recovery from the most des- 20th. Trevor and I were yesterday perate of Cupid's wounds It is, in in Baker Street, assisting Lady Mary short, an event as certain as that I am, with an opinion as to tbe best method folly apart, my dear Fanny's very af- of making the most orthodox confufectionate friend and brother,

sion of the sofas, ottoman tables, cabi. RICHARD DE COVERLEY. nets, &c. &c. and planning how to

convert a large laundry at the top of P. S.-By the bye, Trevor has ma- the house into a school-room, when, nufactured a most shameful story, being drawn to the window by a trewhich I warn you not to believe. He mendous uproar in the street, we bedeclares that I fell in love with your held a mass of people crowded togedescription of Miss Melmoth, nay ther before the house, and were salutmore, that he detected me next morn- ed by the voice of old Samuel screaming sighing over those common-place ing from the vestibule, “ How d'ye lines

do, Owen ? How is't wi' you, Winny

lass? My lady, here's some of the When at the bar of love you stand, For pilfering hearts in idle sport, .

men and maids, and his Honour Sir The moment you hold up that hand

'Edward and the rest on ’um will be "Twill prove your guilt to all the court.

here aforé dinner, my lady.” Then

I am sure there will be no room for He even goes so far as to boast that he them here, said I ; but, upon taking was more instrumental in effecting a a second survey, I found, to my great cure than even your affecting history relief, that, out of the countless mulof poor Miss M 's misfortunes, by titudes I had interpreted into Sir Edmaking me help him to rummage over ward's suite, a dozen or fourteen pera box of musty records, incessantly sons only composed his advanced repeating, while the dust of time im- guard ; the rest were jolly Londonmemorial flew about our exrs, his fa- ers, who, attracted by the wondering vourite motto, “ Otia si tollas, periere exclamations of the party inside the Cupidinis arcus ;" for which malice I carriage at the first sight of the shops charge you and my father to lay your in Oxford Street, and mistaking a heads together to invent a suitable re- rosy-cheeked Welch abigail, who was venge. I find Hervey has misdirect- seated all agape upon the box, for the ed my frank; his blunder will pre- Queen, had followed the cavalcade, yent my dispatching this luminous shouting," Bless you, Queeny! We epistle till to-morrow, or perhaps know you're innocent! Long life to

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