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above and six below. I saw no tail, but a skin, in the middle of which was a tendon. It had four toes on each wing, with sharp nails, divided like the web-foot of a duck; and on the extremity of each pinion, where the toes are joined, was a nail or claw, to assist it in crawling, like those of its hinder-feet, by which it hangs suspended when alleep, to trees, rocks, and roofs.
SHOCKING INSTANCE OF CRUELTY.
FROM THE SAME.
A Mrs. S-, going to her estate in a tent barge, a negro woman with her sucking.child happened to be passengers, and were seated on the bow or fore-part of the boat. The child crying, for pain perhaps, or some other reason, could not be hushed ; Mrs. S of fended with the cries of this innocent little creature, ordered the mother to bring it aft, and deliver it into her hands; then in the presence of the distracted parent, the immediately thrust it out at one of the tiltwindows, where the held it under water till it was drowned, and then let it go. The fond mother, in a State of desperation, instantly leapt overboard into the fream, where floated her beloved offspring; in conjunction with which she was determined to finish her miserable existence. In this, however, she was prevented, by the exertions of the negroes who rowed the boat, and was punished by her mistress with three or four hundred lathes for her daring temerity!
LATE MARY WOOLLSTONCRAFT GODWIN,
Author of " A Vindication of the Rights of Women.”
FROM HER VARIOUS PUBLICATIONS,
For the Entertainment and Infruction of the rising Generation,
Ah! who can tell how hard it is to climb
(From MARY, a Fiction.)
cloud-capt, for on them clouds continually refted, and gave grandeur to the prospect; and down many of their sides the little bubbling cascades ran till they lwelled a beautiful river. Through the straggling trees and bushes the winds whistled, and on them the birds fung, particularly the robins; they also found thelter in the ivy of an old castle, a haunted one, as the story went ; it was situated on the brow of one of the mountains, and commanded a view of the sea. This castle had been inhabited by some of her ancestors; and many tales had
the old house-keeper told her of the worthies who had resided there.
When her mother frowned, and her friend looked cool, she would steal to this retirement, where human foot feldom trod-gaze on the fea, observe the grey clouds, or listen to the wind which struggled to free itself from the only thing that impeded its course. When more cheerful, the admired the various dispositions of light and shadé, the beautiful tints the gleams of sunfhine gave to the distant hills; then the rejoiced in existence, and darted into futurity.
One way home was through the cavity of a rock co. vered with a thin layer of earth, just sufficient to afford nourishment to a few stunted shrubs and wild plants, which grew on its fides, and nodded over the summit. A clear stream broke out of it, and ran amongst the pieces of the rocks fallen
into it. Here twilight always reigned-it feemed the Temple of Solitude ; yet, paradoxical as the assertion may appear, when the foot founded on the rock, it terrified the intruder, and inspired a strange feeling, as if the rightful sovereign was dislodged. - In this retreat she read Thompson's Seasons, Young's Night Thoughts, and Paradise Loft.
At a little diftance from it were the huts of a few poor fishermen, who supported their numerous children by their precarious labour. In these little huts the frequently refted, and denied herself every childish gratification, in order to relieve the necessities of the inhabitants. Her heart yearned for them, and would dance with joy when she had relieved their wants, or afforded them pleasure.
In these pursuits fhe learned the luxury of doing moistened her eyes, and gave them a sparkle which, exclusive of that, they had not; on the contrary, they were rather fixed, and would never have been observed jf her soul had not animated them. They were not at all like those brilliant ones which look like polifhed dia
monds, and dart from every superfice, giving more light to the beholders than they receive themselves.
Her benevolence, indeed, knew no bounds ; the distress of others carried her out of herself; and the rested not till the had relieved or comforted them. The warmth of her compassion often made her so diligent, that many things occurred to her, which might have escaped a less interested observer.
In like manner, the entered with such spirit into whatever she read, and the emotions thereby raised were so strong, that it foon became a part of her mind.
Enthusiastic sentiments of devotion at this period actuated her; her Creator was almost apparent to her senses in his works; but they were mostly the grand or solemn features of Nature which she delighted to contemplate. She would stand and behold the waves rolling, and think of the voice that could still the tumultuous deep.
These propensities gave the colour to her mind, before the passions began to exercise their tyrannic sway, and particularly pointed out those which the soil would have a tendency to nurse.
Years after, when wandering through the same scenes, her imagination has strayed back, to trace the first placid sentiments they inspired, and the would earnestly desire to regain the same peaceful tranquillity.
Many nights the set up, if I may be allowed the ex. pression, conversing with the Author of Nature, making verses, and singing hymns of her own cumpofing. She considered also, and tried to discern what end her various faculties were destined to pursue ; and had a glimpse of a truth, which afterwards more fully un. folded itself.
She thought that only an infinite Being could fill the human soul, and that when other objects were followed as a means of happiness, the delusion led to misery, the consequence of dilappointment. Under the influence of ardent affections, how often has the forgot this conviction, VOL. IV. D
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and as often returned to it again, when it struck her with redoubled force. Often did she taste unmixed des light; her joys, her ecstacies arose from genius.
She was now fifteen, and she wished to receive the pipari holy sacrament; and perusing the scriptures, and dif- we cussing some points of doctrine which puzzled her, she would fit up half the night, her favourite time for employing her mind; she too plainly perceived that the saw through a glass darkly; and that the bounds set to SANTE stop our intellectual researches, is one of the trials of a sagai probationary state.
But her affections were roused by the display of di- it to vine mercy; and the eagerly desired to commemorate the dying love of her great benefactor. The night before the important day when she was to take on herself her baptismal vow, she could not go to bed;
the sun hoy broke in on her meditations, and found her not exhausted by her watching.
The orient pearls were strewed around the hailed the morn, and lung with wild delight, Glory to God on alat in high, good will towards men. She was indeed so much and affected when she joined in the prayer for her eternal preservation, that she could hardly conceal her violent emotions; and the recollection never failed to wake her self dormant piety when earthly passions made it grow lan-alafie f guid.
These various movements of her mind were not commented on, nor were the luxuriant shoots restrained by culture. The servants and the poor adored her.
In order to be enabled to gratify herself in the highest Me degree, the practised the most rigid oeconomy, and had appin such power over her appetites and whims, that without Wings any great effort the conquered them fo entirely, that when her understanding cr affections had an object, the almost forgot she had a body which required nourishe
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