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nafty trumpery, and expofed to view. At laft the day appointed came; the morn was woeful to the sheep and fwine! it was a woeful morn for the poultry, young pigeons, and young rabbits! and a fad and lamentable morn for the inhabitants of the woods and waters! 'ere it was quite light, one of the best wethers, two innocent lambs, one brawny barrow, two roafting pigs, two turkies, two geefe, four ducks, four capons, two maiden pullets (as they call them), twenty-four pigeons, and fix rabbits, loft their lives! The rivers and little rivulets were poifoned with hogfheads of lime; barbarous act! cruel operation! not only drained of mullets, mudfifh, crabs, lobfters, fhrimps, &c. but all the small fry totally deftroyed! Six fláves were fent out with guns; they made the woods and corn pieces refound; doves of various kinds, partridge, quails, and Guinea hens fell victims; the harmlefs unwieldy turtle, which had been pampered for months before in a tub, now loft its head, and was dreffed into different favoury difhes; alfo, the jewfifh and kingfish, with plenty of delicious oysters, fresh from the fea or falt river. There were feveral cooks, and a number of pots and fpits engaged; there were pyes, puddings, tarts, and cuftards upon custards in abundance, and the ovens were several times little Etnas. There were a variety of sweetmeats, and the choiceft fruit the inland produced; alfo, wines, cordials, &c. &c, The plate on a fideboard brushed moft bright,


not fullied with the pureft water, made a glittering appearance. At length the gentlemen crouded, and the tables were quickly overspread with an amazing number of difhes, five times more than ever I have feen at an Irish wedding.

Presently Mifs Louifa and Mifs Laura (as I fhall call them) made their appearance; they were gaudy and elegantly dressed, and extremely tight laced; their cheeks had been artfully fcorched with red peppers, which gave them beautiful blushes: they feemed all lovely, all divine; nor did their female fable attendants, which were dreffed in white, as emblems of innocence, cut a despicable figure.

During dinner the gentlemen were as polite as poffible to the young ladies, each endeavouring with all his might to infinuate himself into their good graces, by the eloquence of his eyes and tongue. Pray, Mifs Louifa, will you permit me to help you to a bit of the turkey; it is very fine!" "Tank you, fir, wid all my haut." "Pray mifs, what part do you like best ?” « Sir, Ife don't love turkey rump-Ife love turkey bubby." Mifs Laura was taken notice of for having no appetite; though fhe was preffed by the different gentlemen, fhe could eat nothingat length a military gentleman who fat next to her, asked her if she was indifpofed, or what could it be that affected her, that it made him very unhappy: Little mifs replied, "O fir, Ife can't tell." Her mother then peremptorily demanded.




to know what was the matter with her?-and Laura replied, "Me quite forry mamma, Ife went in a bufh to-day to do my —, and Yellow Legs come, and he knaum my, and him puke; O I'm quite forry for poor Yellow Legs!" At which uncouth expression some of the company smiled, and I was in pain for poor Laura, for she was my favourite. The fact appeared to be this: fhe had been that forenoon, as ufual, in the cook-room, where he ate a calabash full of fubftantial pepperpot; it had a purgative effect on her; fhe had a neceffary call backwards, and her favourite lap dog, Yellow Legs, followed her; you may guess the rest.

During dinner, they did not forget to reprimand the maids feveral times, for not brushing off the flies; which put me in mind of their fongs,

"Quafhibas, why you no bring bush;
"You no fee flie kackaw in a difh ?”

After dinner there were different bafons with water introduced (according to custom) for every person to wash their hands; but the military gentleman not being acquainted with the practice, instead of washing his hands, drank off the contents of his bafon, which occafioned fome of the gentlemen to smile, and the young ladies to laugh heartily; but this harmless mistake and piece of innocent mirth had like to terminate very feri


oufly, for captain M'Kill-all (which was the officer's name) being pert and raw, proud and ignorant, like many other military puppies, to fhew his courage, challenged and fought one of the gentlemen next morning, and unfortunately M'Kill all came off with a flight wound in the houlder.

The old lady, who headed the table, contributed vaftly in promoting mirth and chearfulnefs, by drinking "Somebody," and giving a knock at the fame time on the table, faying, "Here he goes." She had fimilar fentiments. at command; which eafy free politeness infpired the gentlemen with courage to take the liberty of ravishing her daughters of fome fweet kiffes.

After the gentlemen were all departed, mifs Louifa and mifs Laura took off their ftays, and put on their romping frocks, and asked me to take a walk with them, as ufual; during the excurfion through a fpacious and delightful garden, imbowered with fhaddock, cufhue, cocoa-nut, orange, and other fruit trees, we at length feated ourselves in a lonely and lovely arbour of grape and granadillo vines, where delicious fruit were pendant all round, whilft the mocking birds were warbling their melodious ftrains; mifs Louifa and mifs Laura fung moft charming catches, which infpired me with ideas different from what I before entertained; on our return through a plantain walk, we went intentionally aftray.

"I long


"I long to tafte beneath some plantain's fhade,
"The warm endearments of a willing maid;
"Whofe tender years the nice gradation prove,
"When infant fondness ripens into love
"There clafpt in transport to her beating breast,
"Each ardent wifh without restraint poffeft:
"Raptures repeated on delight should rife,
"Bloom o'er the cheeks, and languish in the eyes,
"In man let great, let glorious actions blaze,
"The art of pleasing be the woman's praise;
"The wanton kifs, the warm lafcivious move,
"Are female virtues"-Creole woman's love!

Ne'er fhall my heart forget the pleafing days,
I gaily spent once in Jamaica dear!
Sweet fertile ifle, where genial friendly rays,
And verdure crown eternally the year!
Dearest favourite of the torrid zone,

Whom nature, bounteous, sheds her bleffings o'er,
Where chilling blafts are never, never known,
And clothes for ornament are only wore!
For me, no more I'll feek thy tamarind shades,
Nor rove again through lime or orange grove;
No more I'll wander with thy Creole maids,

Thro' lonely walks, to taste the sweets of love.

From what I have faid you will, I fuppofe, conclude that I have been a vile profligate, and that it is ungenerous in me to expose the foibles in young ladies, by whom I was fo much favoured. In answer thereto, I only write to you as a friend; and was you now in Jamaica, you might never find out the families I allude to, for I have concealed their names and places of abode: and

I fill

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