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"sine place, and universally allowed to be. very old. "I frequently rows gentlefolks there, and picks np a "great deal about it."
On our return the tide was at its height, the fun was setting in great glory, the Iky and water seemed blended in each other, the same red rich tint' reigned throughout, the vessels at anchor appeared suspended in the air, the spires of the churches wef £ tipped with the golden ray a scene of more beauty, richness, and tranquillity I never beheld.
French Emigrants.—Scene on the'Quay of ScHthansfton. —Sailfir Havre.—Agtd French Priest.—Their rt' fpeilable ConduH in England.—Their Gratitude.— Make the Port of Havre.—Panic of the Emigrant/. —Landing described.—Hotel dt la Paix.—Breakfast Knife.—'Municipality.
DURING the whole of the second day aster our arrival, the town os Southampton was in & bustle, occasioned by the flocking in of a great number of French emigrants, who were returning to their, .own country, in consequence of a mild dscree, which had been passed-in their favor. The scene was. truly interesting, and the sentiment which it excited* ,de* iiglitfai to tha heart.
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^ . ^ respectable cure, who dined in the same room wish us at our inn, was observed to eat very litde ; up? on being presled to enlarge his meal, this amiable mari said, with tears starting in his eyes, " Alas! I ??lw?e nx> appetite; a very short time will bring me ," araqngst the scenes of my nativity, my youth, and f* my happiness, from which a remorseless revolution "has parted me for these.ten long years I shall alk "for those who are dear to me, and sind them forev"er gone. Those who are left will till roy mind with ** the most afflicting description; no, no, I cannot "eat, my good Sir."
About noon, they had deposited their baggage upon the quay, which formed a pile of aged portmanteaus, and battered trunks. Parties remained to protect them, previous to their embarkation. The fun _ was intensely hot, they were seated under the shade of old umbrellas, which looked as if they had been the co.npanions of,their banishment.
Their countenances appeared strongly marked with the pious character of resignation, over which were to be seen a sweetness, and corrected animation, which seemed to depict at once the soul's delight, of returning to its native home, planted wherever it may be, and the regret of leaving a nation, whicli, in 'the honr of flight and misery, had nobly enrolled .them in the list of her own children,,and had .coTer. ed (hem wkh protection.:.ffn.; o. L ,-. -'. *vfi '* , -Tq,the eternal honor of these unhappy, but excellent people, be it said, that they have proved themselves worthy of being received, in such a sanctuary. Our country has enjoyed the benesit of their unblemished morals, and their mild, polite and unassuming manners, and wherever destiny has placed, them, they have industrioufly re.Keyed' the national burden os their support by diffusing the knowledge of a language, which good sense, and common mterest, should long, since have considered as a-valuable branch of education.
To those os my friends, who exercise the sacred functions of religion, as established in this country, I need not osser an apology, for paying a» humble tribute of common justice to these good, and persecuted men; who, from habit, pursue a mode of worship, ajittle disfering in form, but terminating in the same great and glorious centre. The enlightened liberality of the British clergy will unite, in paying that , homage to them, which they, in my presence, have often with enthusiasm, and rapture, offered up to the purity, and sanctity, of their characters. Many of them informed me, that they had received the most serviceable savors from our clergy, administered with equal delicacy and munisicence.
Amongst these groups were some females, the wives and daughters of Toulonese merchants, who left their city when lord Hood abandoned that port.. CHlP'. II.] IN FRANCE. .' W
The politeness and attention, which were paid to them by the men, were truly pleasmg. It was the good breeding of elegant habits, retaining all their softness in the midst of adversity, sweetened with the sympathy of mutual and similar sufferings. . 'They had sinished their dinner, and were drinking their favorite 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 had the happiness of being passenger with them, in the fame 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 cf fresh coffee, , which they had purchased in the town for the voyage, and begged'to make some for me. By her manner, (he seemed to wishme to consider it, more, as the humble offering of gratitude, than. of politeness, or perhaps both were blendedln the offer. In the aftfi rnoon, their baggage was searched hy the revenue officers, who, on "this occasion, exercised a liberal - gentleness, which' gave but little" trouble, and no pain. Theywho brought' nothing into a country • but the recollection of their miseries, were not very likely to carry much out of it, but the remembrance .Siits generosity.
At seven o'clock ia the evening we were all tift board, and sailed with a gentle breeze down the riy- er :we carried with us a good stock of vegetables, which we procured fresh, from the admirable market of Southampton. Upon going down into the cabin, I was struck, and sirst shocked, with feeing a very aged man, stretched at his length upon pillows and clothes, placed on the floor, attended by two clergymen, and some women, who, in their attentions tothis apparently dying old gentleman, seemed to have forgotten their own comfortless situation, arising from so many persons being crowded in so small a space, for our numbers above and below amounted to sixty. Upon inquiry, they informed me, thai the person whose appearance had so affected ipe, had been a clergyman of great repute and esteem at Havre, that he was then past the age of ninety-sive ye^irs, scarcely expected to survive pur short voyage, bat was anxious to breathe hjjs last in his own country. They spoke of him, as a man who ia other times, and in the fulness of his faculties, bad often from his pulpit, struck with terror and contrition, the trembling fouls of his auditors, by the force of his exalted eloquence ) who.had embejlisiied the society in wkishfes moved, with' his elegant attainments ; .and, wlwhad Relieved, the unhappy, with an enlarged heart, munisicent hand—A mere mass of misery, and hejpiless insirmities, remained of all these noble gual4