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LADIES' MUSEUM,

NEW AND JMPROVED SERIES.

UNDER

THE ESPECIAL PATRONAGE OF

Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent.

FOR THE YEAR MDCCCXXXI.

VOL. I.

JANUARY TO JUNE,

London:

SIMPKIN AND MARSHALL, STATIONERS' COURT;

AND

G. G. BENNIS, PARIS.

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THE FOUNDLING OF LIVERPOOL.

BY THE AUTHOR OF THE HERMIT IN LONDON. Tagre is no romance like the ro- a something of light heart, which mance of real life, and such is that now keeps hiin above water in the storm, before us. It was on a dark tempestuous and exhilarates his spirits in the calm, night, when the wind raged off shore, more especially when enjoying the and the black waves were hugely swell- comforts of dry land, and indulging ingand raising their angry crests moun- in the delights of home and native tains high, that the captain of a fine shore. Content gilds then the humvessel, arrived direct from China, with blest fare, and I am convinced that a that heart of oak which distinguishes natural innate feeling of gratitude to a British seaman in the commercial Providence warms the bosom at that service as well as in that of tlie royal precious moment. The faithful capnavy, resolved, at all risks, on landing tain had discharged his duty, and all personally at the nearest point his was calm and self-approving in his letters, and the welcome announce- . peaceful breast; the mate had thrown ment of the arrival of the ship and its care overboard, since he saw the white valuable cargo. The boat was got cliffs of Albion; the crew were lightready, lowered, and manned by four hearted easy fellows, and the merchant stout skilful hands, when the intrepid passenger had the satisfaction of recaptain and the mate of another vessel turning home in safety with his wealth, leaped into her, followed by a passen. with a mind, nevertheless, full of eventger, who seemed equally, fearless, and ful remembrances, doubtful cogitaeager to gain the shore. After tossing tions, and speculative intentions, mostly about for some time, buffeted by the bearing on duties to perform, benevohostile billows, they gained their place lence to exert, an establishment to of destination, and sprung on shore seek, and a deternination to cast anwith that indescribably elastic bound chor in repose for the rest of his life. which distinguishes the mariner feel- When cold and thirst were appeased ing his foot for the first time on his and provided for, they all looked native soil, after a long absence and around them, as men lately arrived tedious voyage, and after all the naturally do, when one lonely being in dangers and vicissitudes by land the form of a fellow-man, seated in a and sea. The boat’s-crew and pas- corner of the tap-room, met their eye. sengers were drenched with salt He was poorly habited, or rather in water, and eagerly made for the first the faded and fast-decaying remains house of reception that presented of respectable attire ; he was cleanly, itself, which was an obscure public- yet shabby-necessitous, yet appabouse in a remote part of the town; rently above seeking alms. On the here, having obtained something like table before him was soinething wrapfresh clothing, consisting of a few ped up in the ragged remnant of a boat cloaks and blankels, and giving silk handkerchief, and at his feet a their garments to be dried, they nese Newfoundland dog, looking affection tled round the fire, and called for in its master's face, in return for a sad something to warm the inner man, as regretful glance which he cast upou the well as the outward form and body of poor animal, and which seemed to say, mortality. There is, in a British tar, “ thou art all fidelity, my poor com.

Jan. 1831.

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