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periods in assisting the freebooters with his advice, and participating in their plunder, when, at that time, such expeditions were esteemed both legal and honourable.
"The many rules laiJ down in the 20'h chapter, for the preservation of domestic authority to the husband, are relics of that characteristic discipline of Asia, which sacred and profane writers testify to have existed from all antiquity; where women have ever been the subjects, not the partners of their lords, confined within the walls of a haram, or busifd without doors in drudgeries little becoming theif^delicacy. The Trojan princesses were employed in warning linen; and Rebecca was first discovered by Abraham's servant with a pitcher upon her shoulder to water camels. "Two women (hail be grinding at the mill," fays the prophet; but the notoriety of this fact obviates the necessity of quotations: it may just be observed, that Solomon, in praising a good wise, mentions, that " She rises while it is yet night," which we must suppose to be before her husband; and we find this to be one of the qualifications for a good Gentoo wife also.
"The latter part of this chapter relates to the extraordinary circumstance of women's burning them
selves with their deceased husband) *—The terms of the injunction at there set forth are plain, moderate, and conditional: " It is proper for a woman to burn with her husband's corps;" and a proportionate leward is offered in compensation for her sufferings. Notwithstanding the ordinance is not in the absolute style of a command, it is surely sufficiently direct to Hand for a religious duty ; the only proof that it is not positive is the proposal of inviolable chastity as an alternative, though it is not to be taken for an equivalent. The bramins seem to look upon this sacrifice as one of the first principles of their religion, the cause of which it would hardly be orthodox to inves- > tigate. There are, however, several restrictions with respect to it, as that a woman must not burn herself if (he is with child, nor if her husband died at a distance from her. unless the can procure his turban and girdle to put on at the pile, with other exceptions of the fame nature, which they closely conceal from the eyes of the world, among the other mysteries of their faith: but we are convinced equally by information and experience, that the costorn has not for the most part fallen into difuetude in India, as a celebrated writer has supposed."
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ftetrospeilive view os American affairs in the year 1776. Preparation in
force. Engagement near the ijle Valicour. Arnold retires; pursuit;
for serving during the tyar. Money horrovjed. Address to the people.
screes keep possession of Brunswick and Amboy, during the remainder of
Statl of affairs previous to the meeting of parliament. New peers. Change
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Bill for granting letters of marque and reprisal, pasted, with a small
• ivar. Debates. Motion carried in the committee of sup fly us on a division.
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State of affairs at Neiv-Tork previous to the opening of the campaign. Loyal
'the principal inhabitants sent prisoners is Virginia, upon the appnacb