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of his brave men perished! The next day some fishermen took him up, and having stolen a very valuable emerald ring from off his finger, stripped and buried him. The body was, however, afterward found-conveyed to Portsmouth, and thence transferred to Westminster Abbey, where a splendid monument was raised to his memory:
"Ah! human life-how transient, and how vain! How thy wide sorrow circumscribes thy joy! A sunny island in a stormy main!
A speck of azure in a cloudy sky!"
A long row of buildings, on a gentle emineuce, called the Bank, connects Chatham with Rochester. Here, from the house of a friend, by whom I was entertained during my stay with great hospitality, opens a beautiful prospect of the river Medway, with its variegated shipping. On the left rises the hoary spire of Rochester cathedral, and the castle, with its battered fragments-whilst to the right Chatham appears in a kind of amphitheatre, presenting to the eye his majesty's dockyard, with its immense store-houses, containing articles of every kind, both for the naval and military departments! Above them a fort lifts its head, and crowns the top of the hill, bidding defiance to the surrounding country! To this eminence I one evening took a walk, in company with my worthy friend, and was delighted with the prospect which offered itself to the eye from every part of the horizon! Here I saw a regiment of the Guards just encamped-all fine looking young men theirtents were remarkably neat-at the sound of the buglehorn they instantly appeared in their respective ranks they were stationed on this spot not merely for the purpose of repelling the enerny in case of invasion, but that they might at a moment's notic e embark for any part of the world!
The Medway, from this eminence, appears truly beautiful-winding down with its serpentine evolu❤ tions to Sheerness, where it is soon lost in the Ger
The fair Medwaga-that, with wanton pride,
Ships of the first rate are built on its banks-and gliding along its bosom, they present a scene of uncommon grandeur and majesty !
But I must here check my pen for the presentand, fearful that I have, my young friend, already fatigued your attention,
Shall subscribe myself,
Your's, very sincerely,
P.S. My second letter will lead me through Sittingbourn, and Feversham, to Canterburyand then round through Margate, Ramsgate, Sandtwich, and Deal, into DOVER.
ACCOUNT OF THE HAREM, OR TURKISH FEMALE
Described by Mr. Russell, in his Natural History of Aleppo. HE author of this work has availed himself of the opportunity which his profession of physiian afforded, in gratifying the public curiosity with in account of the Harem, or female apartments, chat characteristic object of eastern domestic economy. From this part of the work we make the following extract:
"When the ladies visit one another in a forehooon, they do not immediately unveil on coming anato the Harem, lest some of the men should hap foren to be still at home, and might see them as they immass; but as soon as they enter the apartment of the
lady to whom the visit is intended, either one of the young ladies, or a slave assists in taking off the veil, which, being carefully folded up, is laid aside.It is a sign the visitant intends only a short stay, when, instead of resigning the veil, she only uncovers her head, permitting the veil to hang carelessly down on the shoulders. This generally produces a friendly contest between the parties; one insisting to take the veil away, the other refusing to surrender it.—A like contest takes place at the clofe of the visit. When intreaty cannot prevail on the visitant to stay longer, the veil is hidden, the slaves, instructed before-hand, pretend to fearch for it every where in vain, and when she urges the absolute necessity of her going, she is assured that the Aga, or master of the house, is not yet gone. abroad, and is then jocosely dared to depart without it.
"In their manner of receiving one another, the ladies are less formal than the men; their complimental speeches, though in a high strain, are more rapidly and familiarly expressed.
"The common salutation is performed by laying the right hand on the left breast, and gently declining the head.-They sometimes salute by kissing the cheek; and the young ladies kiss the hands of their senior relations. They entertain with coffee and tobacco, but the sherbet and perfume are only introduced on particular occasions.
"The great men are attended in the Harem by the female slaves, in the same manner as, in the outer apartments, by the pages. They remain standing in the humble attitude of attendance, their hands crossed before them on their cincture, and their eyes fixed on the ground.-The other ladies, as well as the daughters of the family, occasionally bring the pipe and coffee, but do not remain standing; they either are desired to sit down, or they.
retire. This, however, is to be understood of their Grandees; for, in ordinary life, both wives and servants minister servilely to the men; the two sexes never sitting at the table together.
"It is seldom that all the ladies of the Harem are, by the great man, seen assembled, unless they happen in the summer, to be surprised sitting in the Divan, where they meet to enjoy the cool air. At his approach they all rise up, but, if desired, resume their places (some of the slaves excepted) and return to their work. However loquacious they may have been before he entered, a respecful silence ensues the moment he appears; a restraint which they feel the less, from their being accustomed to it almost from their infancy. It is surprising how soon the clamour of children is hushed on the approach of the father; but the women often lament their want of power in his absence, in quieting the children either by threats or soothing them.
"Though the presence of the great man may impose silence on the younger ladies, he generally finds some of the elderly matrons ready enough to entertain him, should he be disposed for conversation. In this manner he learns the domestic news of the town, which though rar ly a topic of discourse among the men, being in great request at the public baths, is circulated by the female pedlars, and the Bidoween women attached to the Ha rem. The former, who are chiefly Jewish or Christian women of a certain age, supply the ladies with gauzes, muslin, embroidery, and trinkets, and moreover have the art of collecting and embellishing all kinds of private history; the latter are not less talkative nor more secret, but possess also a licenced priviledge of speaking freely to the men, which they perfectly know how to exercise. Their license is derived from being often retained as uurses, by