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65 and painful shoulders, I had got into a “ habit of industry, and in consequence. 66 met with fewer blows.

“ We had been about six weeks on our 66 way home, and I was exulting in the " hope of seeing my family, whole value 66 I had learned from their loss; when st one morning we discovered a French ss ship making towards us, and which ap“ peared of superior strength. We pre“ pared for action, and about twelve a

severe engagement ensued. The scene of 56 Naughter that surrounded me might have 66 appalled the boldest heart ; but I hope I

did my duty, though my conscience per• petually whispered, how happy I might “ have been, and how miserable I had “ made myself.—At length, in the heat “ of the engagement, as I was waiting for 56 orders, a cannon-shot struck my leg, 6 and I fell senseless on the deck, amidst " a heap of dead and wounded. - The “ French ship being disabled ran; and 66 ours was too much impaired to pursue ; " the Captain therefore thought only of

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“ safety, and making the best of his way, “ ordering us all to the care of the sur“ geon.—My leg was so much shattered, " that amputation was necessary; and I “ bore it patiently, for I could not help “ faying within myself ---'Tis the hand “ of God; and the just punishment of dif“ obedience, ingratitude, and idleness.

“ In ten days we reached Portsmouth, “ when the wounded men were removed to " the hospital, and myself among the num« ber : here it was, after a confinement of “ two months, I met my cousin William, “ who by chance called to see a sick com“ rade.---Notwithstanding my undesery“ ing, he embraced me with kindness, " and, by his discourse afterwards, shewed « me the full extent of my wickedness, « reconciled me by his reasoning to my “ misfortune, shared his little purse with “ me, and finally is now leading me home, wa penitent wanderer; sensible of the “ good I heretofore threw from me, and

willing to labour in any manner that “ my strength will allow; or in any situa

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“ tion that the providence of God may “ place me in.”

“ Indeed, Sir," said William, addressing Mr. Richardson, as his cousin concluded his story, “ George has represented his “ errors in their worst colours ; I am sure " he is now heartily sorrow for them, and I “ hope will hereafter do very well; for, “ thank God, as he has both his arms, he “ will be able to work at his business,

which will make his mother amends for « all her sorrows, and shew the world, that “ though he has been faulty, he was not « incorrigible.”

“ Your advice, young man,” returned Mr. Richardson, “ is perfectly good, and, “ I trust, will be followed : indeed I have « no doubt of it, for your cousin appears “ thoroughly sensible of his follies ;--- but “ you also, I understand, received a “ wound; is that perfectly healed ?" .

“Ah, Sir, that was well before we came " on shore ; would to Heaven my dear “ master's had been no worse !”

“ Do you propose to remain in the sea. « service?

"I cannot

“ I cannot tell, Sir; I am now in town « by leave of the present Captain, who “ granted it at the request of the ship « surgeon, who has ordered me to meet “ him the day after to-morrow at Captain « Wells's brother's, who is a merchant in « Fenchurch-street.”

Mr. Richardson cautioned both against George's appearing before his mother un. til she was apprised of his misfortune ; gave William a card, and bid him call on him when he came to town, which the lad, with many thanks, promised to perform.

Mr. Richardson then took a hand of each of his children, and bidding the sailors, farewell,. walked towards town, while they pursued their way to Edmonton..


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Punishment frequently salutary.---Respect

due to aged Servants.--- Account of the Monument --Of the Fire of London--Of the first building of London Bridge.--Anecdote of Edmund Osborne, Ancestor to the Duke of Leeds. Of the Boar's Head: in East-Cheap.

Charles and Mary remained for some time silent ; at length the latter said, “Dear papa, how sorry am I for that poor “ unhappy boy; I. hope, however, he will: be good now.”

“ I hope he will," answered her father ; “ in which case, how falutary will his mij. “ fortunes have been to him! It is not: •“ given to our contracted understanding

“ to judge properly of the goodness of “ God in all that befals us ; for what “ frequently appears a grievous calamity,, * is in reality kindness and mercy :-for

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