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He presented her to several people of the first quality; but never dared to take her to court, from which, however, she received several favours.
19. After a residence of several years in England, an example of virtue and piety, and attachment to her husband, she died, as she was on the point of embarking for America. She left an only son, who was married, and left none but daughters; and from these are descended some of the principal characters in Virginia.
SPEECH OF CAIUS MARIUS TO THE ROMANS, SHOWING THE ABSURDITY OF THEIR HESITATING TO CONFER ON HIM THE RANK OF GENERAL, MERELY ON ACCOUNT OF HIS EXTRACTION.
IT is but too common, my countrymen, to observe a material difference between the behaviour of those who stand candidates for places of power and trust, before and after obtaining them. They solicit them in one manner, and execute them in another.
2. They set out with a great appearance of activity, humility, and moderation; but they quickly fall into sloth, pride, and avarice. It is undoubtedly no easy matter to discharge, to general satisfaction, the duty of a supreme commander in troublesome times.
3. You have committed to my conduct the war against Jugurtha. The patricians are offended at this. But, where would be the wisdom of giving such a command to one of their honorable body; a person of illustrious birth, of ancient family, of innumerable statutes, but-of no experi
4. What service would his long line of dead ancestors, or his multitude of motionless statues, do his country in the day of battle? What could such a general do, but in his trepidation and inexperience, have recourse to some inferior commander for direction in difficulties to which he was not himself equal? Thus, your patrician general would in fact have a general over him; so that the acting commander would still be a plebeian.
5. So true is this, my countrymen, that I have, myself, known those who have been chosen consuls, begin then to read the history of their own country, of which, till that time, they were totally ignorant; that is, they first obtained the employment, and ther. bethought themselves of the qualifications necessary for the proper discharge of it.
6 I submit to your judgement, Romans, on which side the advantage lies, when a comparison is made between patrician haughtiness and plebeian experience. The very actions which they have only read, I have partly seen, and partly myself achieved. What they know by reading, I know by action. They are pleased to slight my mean birth; I despise their mean characters.
7. Want of birth and fortune is the objection against me; want of personal worth against them. But are not all men of the same species? What can make a difference between one man and another, but the endowments of the mind? For my part, I shall always look upon the bravest man as the noblest man.
8. If the patricians have reason to despise me, let them likewise despise their ancestors, whose nobility was the fruit of their virtue. Do they envy the honors bestowed upon me? let them envy, likewise, my labors, my abstinence, and the dangers I have undergone for my country, by which I have acquired them.
9. But those worthless men lead such a life of inactivity, as if they despised any honors you can bestow; while they aspire to honors as if they had deserved them by the most industrious virtue. They lay claim to the rewards of activity for their having enjoyed the pleasures of luxury. Yet none can be more lavish than they are in praise of their ancestors.
10. And they imagine they honor themselves by celebrating their forefathers; whereas they do the very contrary; for, as much as their ancestors were distinguished for their virtues, so much are they disgraced by their vices.
11. The glory of ancestors casts a light, indeed, upon their posterity; but it only serves to show what the descendants are. It alike exhibits to public view their degeneracy and their worth. I own I cannot boast of the deeds of my forefathers; but I hope I may answer the cavils of the pa
tricians, by standing up'in defence of what I have myself done.
12. Observe now, my countrymen, the injustice of the patricians. They arrogate to themselves honors, on account of exploits done by their forefathers, whilst they will not allow me due praise for performing the very same sort of actions in my own person.
13. He has no statues, they cry, of his family. He can trace no venerable line of ancestors. Wbat then! is it matter of more praise to disgrace one's illustrious ancestors, than to become illustrious by one's own good bebaviour ?
14. What if I can show no statues of my family? I can show the standards, the armour, and the trappings, which I have myself taken from the vanquished; I can show the scars of those wounds, which I have received by facing the enemies of my country:
15. These are my statues. These are the honors I boast of. Not left me by inheritance, as theirs ; but earned by toil, by abstinence, by valour; amidst clouds of dust and seas of blood ; scenes of action, where those effeminate
patricians, who endeavour, by indirect means, to depreciate me in your esteem, have never dared to show their faces.
IN the beginning of the sixteenth century, the Portuguese carracks sailed from Lisbon to Goa, a very great, rich and flourishing colony of that nation in the East Indies. There were no less than twelve hundred souls, mariners, passengers, priests, and friars, on board one of these vessels.
2 The beginning of their voyage was prosperous; they had doubled the southern extremity of the great continent of Africa, called the Cape of Good Hope, and were steer. ing their course northeast, to the great contident of India, when some gentlemen on board, who had studied geography and navigation, found in the latitude in which they were then sailing, a large ridge of rocks laid down in their sea charts,
3. They no sooner made this discovery, than they acquainted the captain of the ship with the affair, desiring him to communicate the same to the pilot, which request he immediately granted, recommended him to lie by in the night, and slacken sail by day, until they should be past the danger.
4. It is a custom always among the Portuguese absolutely to commit the sailing part, or the navigation of the vessel, to the pilot, who is answerable with his head for the safe conduct or carriage of the king's ships, or those belonging to private traders; and he is under no manner of direction from the captain, who commands in every other respect.
5. The pilot being one of those self-sufficient men who think every hint given them from others in the way of their profession derogatory from their understandings, took as an affront to be taught his art, and instead of complying with the captain's request, actually crowded more sail than the vessel had carried before.
6. They had not sailed many hours, when, just about the dawn of day, a terrible disaster befel them, which would have been prevented if they had lain by. The ship struck upon a rock. I leave to the reader's imagination, what a scene of horror this dreadful accident must occasion among twelve hundred persons, all in the same inevitable danger; beholding, with fearful astonishment, that instantaneous death which now stared them in the face.
7. In this distress the captain ordered the pinnace to be launched, into which, having tossed a small quantity of biscuit, and some boxes of marmalade, he jumped in himself, with nineteen others, who with their swords prevented the coming in of any more, lest the boat should sink.
8. In this condition they put off into the great Indian ocean, without a compass to steer by, or any fresh water but what might fall from the heavens, whose mercy alone could deliver them. After they had rowed four days in this miserable condition, the captain, who had been for some time very sick and weak, died.
9. This added, if possible to their misery; for as they now fell into confusion, every one would govern, and none would obey. This obliged them to elect one of their own
company to command them, whose orders they implicitly agreed to follow. This person proposed to the company to draw lots and to cast every fourth man overboard; as their small stock of provisions was so far spent, as not to be able at a very short allowance to sustain life above three days longer.
10. There were now nineteen persons in all; in this number were a friar and a carpenter, both of whom they would exempt, as the one was useful to absolve and comfort them in their last extremity, and the other to repair the pinnace in case of a leak or other accident.
11. The same compliment they paid to their new captain, he being the odd man, and his life of much consequence. He refused their indulgence a great while; but at last they obliged him to acquiesce; so that there were four to die out of the sixteen remaining persons.
12. The three first submitted to their fate; the fourth was a Portuguese gentleman who had a younger brother in the boat, who, seeing him about to be thrown overboard, most tenderly embraced him, and with tears in his eyes besought him to let him die in his room; enforcing his arguments by telling him that he was a married man, and had a wife and children at Goa, besides the care of three sisters, who absolutely depended upon him; that, as for himself, he was single, and his life of no great importance; he therefore conjured him to suffer him to supply his place.
13. The elder brother, astonished, and melting with this generosity, replied, that, since the divine providence had appointed him to suffer, it would be wicked and unjust to permit any other to die for him, especially a brother, to whom he was so infinitely obliged. The younger, persisting in his purpose, would take no denial; but throwing himself on his knees, held his brother, so fast, that the company could not disengage them.
14. Thus they disputed for a while, the elder brother bidding him be a father to his children, and recomended his wife to his protection; and as he would inherit his estate, to take care of their common sisters; but all he could say could not make the younger desist. This was a scene of tenderness that must fill every breast, susceptible of generous impressions, with pity. At last the constancy of the elder brother yielded to the piety of the other.