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Adventures of Mr. Williams the Surgeon, and the Rajah Ali Saab.
Continuation of the Adventures of Mr. Williams the
Surgeon, and the Rajah Ali Saab. .
CHAP. XXIII. Return to London.---An Excursion to Chelsea.---A
Visit to the College and the Church.---Uncommon Valour of Mrs. Spragg.---On the Courage necessary for Females. - - 225
A good Disposition to be preferred to Genius or Ac
quirements.----Continuation of Mr. Williams's Story.
Conclusion of the Adventures of Mr. Williams the
Surgeon, and the Rajah Ali Saab.
CHAP. XXVI. Comments on Mr. William's Story.---A Visit to St.
Paul's Cathedral.---First Erection of that Edifice.--Present Building by Sir Christopher Wren. 265
CHAP. XXVII. A Visit to Christ-Church.---Antiquity of Bartholomew
Fair.---Smithfield the Scene of many remarkable Events.-Account of Oxford-street---Bond-street--Hay-hill---Soho-square. . - - 270
Mr. Williams with his Nephew and Niece embark
for India.---A Letter from Frank.---Conclusion. 278.
Introduction to Mr. Richardson's Family.--A
Discourse on well-regulated Pleasures.
ONE fine morning in the month of October, Mr. Richardson, a considerable merchant of the city of London, went to Reading, in order to bring home his children, Charles and Mary, frorn a relation with whom they had been placed since the death of their mother.
The lady with whom they had resided, though well-meaning, was a woman of weak understanding : during the life of her husband, she had given way to her inclination for gaiety and expence ; but the means failing with him, she was necessitated to retire to a small house in the
vicinity of Reading; where, by the afliftance of Mr. Richardson, she was enabled to make a respectable appearance.
Mrs. Bennet, for so was she named, had been educated with the late Mrs. Richardson, but their tempers were totally diffimilar ; the first was thoughtless, and fond of pleasure, which she knew not how to procure, except in the diffipation of the great world ; the second, reflective and domestic, pofseffed a mind that furnished her with continual amusement; for as, the bee collects honey from every power, so did this excellent woman her pleasures from every surrounding object ;-an affec. tionate wife, a tender mother, a good mistress, and a beneficent friend to the poor. Notwithstanding these contrarieties of temper, the friendship cemented in their childhood still continued ; and since the misfortunes of Mrs. Bennet, Mrs. Richardson had frequently invited her to pass a few months with thein in London ; where, whatever might be her real inclination, she took care to suppress it, and appear
perfectly satisfied with the amusements and harmony of their domestic circle. During one of these visits Mrs. Richardfon fell fick, and died, to the inexpref. fible grief of the whole family ; and in the confusion that such an event occasioned, willing to remove his children from a scene of sorrow, their father had consented for them to accompany Mrs. Bennet into the country.
Mr. Richardson, though poffefsed of religion and fortitude,'had nearly funk beneath this stroke; he was unable to apply to business, his healch became impaired, and the physicians found it necessary to prescribe the Bath waters.--Here, at some distance from the bustle and gaiety of the place, he remained for several months, when time and reflection began to restore him to himself, and he determined to return to town, arrange his business, recal his children, and make their improvement and happiness his first and dearest concern. Above twelve months had passed since Mrs. Richardson's death, when their father came B 2