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remove me: my brother nevertheless still remained under the care of the Reverend Mr. Gore, at
Several months elapsed, and no remittance arrived from my father. I was now near fourteen years old, and my mother began to foresee the vicissitudes to which my youth might be exposed, unprotected, tenderly educated, and wit! out the advantages of fortune. My father's impracticable scheme had impoverished his fortune, and deprived his children or that affluence which, in their infancy, they had been taught to hope for. I cannot speak of my own person, but my partial fricnls were too apt to flatter me. I was naturally of a pensive and melancholy character; my reflections on the changes of fortune frequently gave me an air of dejection which perhaps excited an interest beyond what might have been awakened by the vivacity or bloom of juvenility.
I adored my mother; she was the mildest, the most unoffending of existing mortals; ner femper was cheerful, as her heart was innocent: she beheld her children as it seemed fatherless, and she resolved, by honourable means, to support them. For this purpose a convenient house was hired at Little Chelsea, and furnished, for a lady's boardingschool. Assistants of every kind were engaged, and I was deemed worthy of an occupation that flattered my self-love, and impressed my mind with a sort of domeitic consequence. The English language was my department in the seminary, and I was permitted to select passages both in prose and verse for the studies of my infant pupils: it wa| also my occupation to superintend their wardrobes, to see them dieted and undressed by the servants or half boarders, and to read sacred and moral lessons on saints'-days and Sunday evenings.
Shortly alter my mother had established herself at Chelsea, on a summer's evening, as I was sitting at the window, I heard a deep sigh or rather a groan of anguish, whih suddenly attracted my attention. The n:ght was approaching rapidly, and I looked towards the gate before the house, where I observed a woman evidently labouring under excessive affliction; I instantly descended and approached her. She bursting into tears, asked whether I did not know her. Her dress was torn and filthy ;—she was almost naked ;—and an old bonnet, which nearly hid her face, so completely disfigured her features that I had not the smallest idea of the person who was then almost sinking before me. I gave her a small piece of money, and inquired the cause of her apparent agony: she took my hand and pressed it to her lips.—" Sweet girl," said she, "you are still the angel I ever knew you !"—I was astonished; she raised her bonnet—her fine dark eyes met mine. It was Mrs. Lorrington. I led her into the house; my mother was not at home. I took her to my chamber, and, with the assistance of a lady who was our French teacher, I clothed and comforted her. She refused to say how she came to be in so deplorable a situation; and took her leave. It was in vain that I entreated, that I conjured her to let me know where I might send to het, She refused to give me her address, but promised that in a few days she would call on me again. It is impossible to describe the wretched appearance of this accomplished woman ! The failing to which she had now yielded, as to a monster that would destroy her, was evident even at the moment when she was speaking to me. I saw no more of her:
but to my infinite regret I was informed some years after, that she had died, the martyr of a premature decay, brought on by the indulgence of her propensity to intoxication, in the workhouse—of Chelsea 1
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THROUGH THE COUNTY OF KENT,
Made at different times, but concluded in the month of July, 1801, in Three Letters to a Pupil.
By JOHN EVANS, A. M.
MASTER OF A SEMINARY FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF PUPILS, PUI.LINS ROW, ISLINGTON.
O famous Kent!
What county hath this Isle that can compare with
That hath withip thyself as much as thou canst wish i Jvor any thing doth want that any where is good.
MY WORTHY YOUNG FRIEND,
THE amusement which you profess to have received from the perusal of my former Tours through several parts of England and Wales, enCourages me to address you on the present occasion. It will afford me pleasure to know that this sketch of a neighbouring county is equally acceptable to you; topics of entertainment and instruction offer themselves to our attention, and it becomes us to appropriate every incident to our intellectual and moral improvement. I pretend not to detail what has escaped the notice of other travellers. But it shall be my province to collect interesting particulavs, which aided by my own observations may gratify curiosity.
The celebrated Julius Csesar in his Commentaries makes particular mention of Kent, being the theatre of his mo:t renowned actions in Britain. He bellows on it the name of Cantiunt, so that the revolution of eighteen hundred years has produced no other change than the giving it a more English sound. Camden thinks with great probability, that Kent is so called from Britain here extending ipto a large corner eaftward, and might therefore be derived from the word Canton or Cant which signifies a corner. In this sense the term is still used in the science of Heraldry. The length of this county from east to west is 63 miles, its average breadth 35 miles. Its circumference includes nearly 170 miles. It contains 12,480,000 acres of land, upwards of 40,000 houses, 400 parishes, and 30 considerable towns. Yorkshire, Devonshire, Lincolnshire, Hampshire, and Northumberland, are the only larger counties in Great Britain.
Leaving London for .Canterbury, we passed through the Borough, famous for its extent and population, and soon reach Deptford. This is the first place we meet with on the road, and is entitled to attention. Standing on the river Rayensbouroe, jt is supposed at this part to have had a deep ford, which would have easily passed in to its present name of Deptford. It first began to assume an importance in the reign of Henry YI1I. who erected a store-house for the Royal Navy. In the dockyard belonging to government about 1000 men are employed. Near this spot is the house where Peter the Great, Czar of Muscovy lived, when he learnt the art of ship-building, which he carried with him to Russia, and by the cultivation oi' which, the prosperity of that vast empire was wonderfully advanced:
Immortal Peter! first of monarchs he
Who greaily spurn'd the slothful pomp of courts,
And roaming ev'ry land in every port
His sceptre laid aside—with glorious hand
Unweari'd plying the mechanic tool,
GatherM the seeds of trade, of useful arts,
Of civil wisdom and of martial skill.
Nor was it far from hence that the remains of the
Besides the royal dock yard, are several respectable yards in the vicinity of Deptford ; particularly those of Messrs. Randall and Brents, Messrs. Wells, Sec. appropriated chiefly to the mercantile interests of Great Britain. In Greenland dock, ship^ laden with blubber or the fat of whales, find a safe retreat; and the oil extracted here is considerable. However useful this article may be to mankind, the process of its operation is peculiarly offensive, for it is impossible to .say one word on the deliciousness of its fragrancy.