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to one of my fellow flaves, Orramel came by; he passed beyond me, but instantly réturning, looked on me with great attention, till some melting sorrow dropped from his eyes. When making enquiry of some that were near to whom I belonged, without speaking a word to me, he flew to my new master, paid his demand for my ransom, and immediately conducted me to his house, where he welcomed me with the warmest marks of affection. He spoke-he paused --and was in the greatest perplexity to find language suitable to the sentiments of his soul.“ My brother!”said he," my friend

or if there are more sacred ties in nature and virtue, let me call you by some gentler appellation : We are now united by the bands of celestial amity, one in the same holy faith, and hopes of a glorious immortality. Your charity rescued me from a worse than Spanish slavery; from the bondage of vice and superstition; your conduct banished my

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prejudices to the christian name, and made way for the entrance of those heavenly truths to which I now assent. But this is a secret even to my own domestics, and whether such a caution is criminal I am not able to determine,

With what rapture, with what attention did I listen to this language! I blessed the accents that told me my friend, my Orra. mel, had embraced the Christian faith: an Angel's song would have been less melodi. Qus; I looked upward, and with a grateful elevation of mind, gave the glory to the fupreme disposer of all human events. The illustrious Orramel made it his joy, his study, to evidence his affection; he told me his father died since we parted in Spain, and that he had left five daughters, which he had by several of his wives ; he offered me the choice of his sisters, if I had any thoughts of marriage, and promised a dowry with her to my own content. One of them, he said,

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was privately bred a Christian by her mo. ther, a woman of Armenia: I was pleased with the proposal, and impatient to see my fair mistress. In the mean time he made me a present of several rich habits, and two negroes to attend me. The next day he conducted me to a fair summer house, whither he sent for his sisters; who were all so handsome, that I was distressed with my own liberty, nor knew where to chuse, had not a principle of piety determined me to the young Armenian; who was not superior in beauty to the rest, but there was a decorum in her behaviour, which the others wanted. She had more of the modesty and politeness of the European women, to whom you know I was always partial. My choice was fixed, and the more I conversed with my fair mistress, the more reason I found to approve it. We were privately married by a chaplain belonging to the British en. voy. My generous friend gave her a for

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tune, which abundantly repaid all my losses: and after a prosperous voyage, I safely landed in Holland. I have sent you this relation as a memorial of my gratitude to heaven, whose clemency has returned me more than measure for measure, and largely recompensed that liberality it first inspired.

A good action, my dear pupils, seldom gees without a recompense, and though it even should fail in this transitory state, is sure of a permanent reward from that power from whom none of our actions are hidden. -But as it is not yet late, and you have acted with great diligence in your school duties, I will relate to you the Tale, of Hassan, King of Golconda.

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HASSAN
KING OF GOLCONDA.

: AN EASTERN TALE.

IT is the peculiar province of wisdom to examine with the greatest attention whatever offers itself, as fit either to be done or to be avoided. Hassan king of Golconda followed this excellent maxim in the most dif. ficult conjuncture that can einploy the thoughts of an earthly monarch.

This ķing, who was six score years old, was desirous of resigning his empire, and finishing his glorious reign, by the choice of a worthy successor. He had three sons by three different women, who were all living; each of them pleaded in behalf of

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