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of any hostile power, either going nitely below the inhabitants of to or returning from that coun- Hindustan in military knowledge; try: we should become forinidable I have however no doubt that a neighbours to the Dutch and to body of them well disciplined and the Spaniards, and in the event of regularly paid,, would prove as a war with either of them, attack faithful to us, and contribute as with advantage their most valuable much to the security of any possettlements. In short, all the ar- sessions which we might acquire guments in favour of a settlement to the eastward, as the sepoys do at Balambangan may with much to our territories in India. In more propriety be urged for one case of any distant expeditions, in Cochin China
they would be found superior; Should any thing that has being entirely free from all relibeen said, appear sufficiently well. gious prejudices, and having no grounded to induce the Company objection to the sea. to form a settlement in Cochin While Cochin China l'emains in China, it may be effected on prin- its present distracted state, a faciples strictly just and at a small vourable opening is presented to expense. Several of the royal the first European nation that family, besides the Mandarines may attempt to obtain a footing who were in Bengal, with many in the country. Three years ago, officers of the late government, the French sent a frigate to Turon urged me to use my endeavours Bay, and from the pains taken with the government of Bengal to to be informed of the produce and induce it to afford them assistance, political state of the country, promising a powerful support there is strong reason to conclude whenever we should heartily en- some such design was in agitation. gage in their cause : to restore Since that period, the accurate their lawful sovereign to the accounts Mr. Chevalier must have throne, would be now a measure received of Padre Loreiro during so popular, that the sincerity of his residence with him at Chantheir offers cannot be doubted. dernagore, added to the loss of all To relieve an unhappy people their settlements in India, will groaning under the weight of the most probably induce them to remost cruel oppression would be sume it. If they do not, some an act worthy the humanity of other power may arlopt the scheme. the British nation. Fifty Euro. Should the Company therefore enpean infantry, half that number tertain a design of making an esof artillery, and two hundred sea- tablishment in Cochin China, no poys, would be sufficient for this time should be lost in carrying it and every other purpose. The into execution. 1778. natives of Cochin China are infi
From Moore's “Lalla Rookh," an Oriental Romance.
N NE morn a Peri at the gate
Of Eden stood disconsolate;
Of Life within, like music flowing,
Through the half-open portal glowing.
“ How happy,” exclaim'd this child of air,
" Mid flowers that never shall fade or fall !
“ One blossom of Heaven out-blooms them all !
" Though sunny the Lake of cool CASHMERE,
" And sweetly the founts of that Valley fall;
“ How the waters of Heaven outshine them all!
" Go, wing thy flight from star to star,
" As the universe spreads it flaming wall ;
“One minute of Heaven is worth them all !"
The glorious Angel, who was keeping
From Eden's fountain, when it lies
Blooms no where but in Paradise !
" The Peri yet may be forgiven
« The Gift that is most dear to Heaven !
Rapidly as comets run
And, lighted earthward by a glance
Hung hovering o'er our world's expanse.
But whither shall the Spirit go
Whose air is balm ; whose ocean spreads
O'er coral rocks and amber beds;
With human blood-the smell of death
Mingled his taint with every breath
He comes, and India's diadems
His blood-hounds he adorns with gems,
Of many a young and lov'd Sultana ;
Priests in the very fane he slaughters,
Of golden shrines the sacred waters !
Downward the Peri turns her gaze,
Alone, beside his native river,
And the last arrow in his quiver.
Swiftly descending on a ray
Of morning light, she caught the last Last glorious drop his heart had shed, Before its free-born spirit fled !
“ Be this,” she cried, as she wing'd her flight,
“ On the field of warfare, blood like this,
“For Liberty shed, so holy is, “ It would not stain the purest rill,
« That'sparkles among the Bowers of Bliss !
' 'Tis the last libation Liberty draws
“ Sweet," said the Angel, as she gave
The gift into his radiant hand, “Sweet is our welcome of the Brave
" Who die thus for their native Land. « But see-alas!-the crystal bar « Of Eden moves not-holier far “ Than ev'n this drop the boon must be, “ That opes the Gates of Heav'n for thee !"
Her first fond hope of Eden blighted,
Now among Afric's Lunar Mountains,
And sleek'd her plumage at the fountains
Her grots, and sepulchres of Kings
To watch the moonlight on the wings
Never did mortal eye behold!