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God from his own fulness can abun- flect how blessed those servants will
To the Editor of the Christian Obserder. before us, in stating the great advan.
tages which European females posIf it may be permitted an occasional sess in India for self-improvement: reader and admirer of your uniscel- her sentence is a judgment of chaJany, to occupy a small portion of that rity, and although she may give 'no valuable work, I would respectfully instance in point, yet her inference engage a few pages in the cause of is clearly a true one. The greater truth, and ia jast defence of the ab- bulk of the ladies in India obtain -sent. These two objects we know to more domestic privacy and leisure be worthy the Christian profession, than any class of female society do and as such, will obtain, I trust, the at home. Admit, then, but that they countenance of the Christian Ob- carry out a mind from this country, server.
and that mind will improve under I am excited to take up my pen circumstances so favourable to imand address you, in the behalf of provement. Maria' Grahami, then, the British ladies in our Indo-Bri- should apply her lash at 'ali earlier tish possessions; who, with two period, even before her fair friends single exceptions, are placed in a ascend the lofty bark which is to very degraded point of view by convey them to our Indian coasts ; Maria Graham, in her “ Journal of for it is to be implied, that those fea Residence in India." Were that males whom she found frivolous, work less likely to attract attention, inane, and selfish there, were sich yours would not be drawn to it by on their native soil, and would still me on the present occasion ; but it be such, though India were never will meet with much attention, both made to bear the stigma of their here and in India; and I regret the characters, which were transplanted painful impression which will be thither equally with their persons. made on the minds of her readers in But do only such characters deliver that community, on which she has England of themselves, and burden passed a sentence no less unjust India with the useless incumbrance ? than it is precipitate.
I was in India for a period of several The celebrated Eliza Draper, in years prior to the basty vísit made one of her published letters to a there by the fair authoress, and felt female friend in England, gives an continually impressed with the jastattractive decision on the question dess and acuteness of Eliza Draper's
opinion, as it stands opposed to but also, improves her remnants of Maria Graham's; nor have I any time," in composing most elegant reason to think the British ladies and exemplary little tales for her there have since forfeited the fa- young pupils. I am happy to learn, vourable judgment passed so long ihat one of her beautiful stories, has ago opon them. My own opinion made its way to England, where of my countrywomen there, is en Little Henry and his Bearer" will, hanced by late intelligence; of more I am persuaded, find many delighted private, indeed, but not less.authen. readers of every age., iic value, than the testimony of the It is, 10 be lamented, that Maria above two ladies. I have been per. Graham was enveloped in a certain mitted the exalted satisfaction of balo, wbich, by its brightness, of perusing, in an vopublished corre- whatever nature, so.completely daze spondence from India, proofs of the zled her, that she could not see into highest species of female character the retired spots where merit loves in full exercise, in those distant re to hide, It is true, she did not exgions; and it is remarkable that the plore India's coasts for the purpose correspondence alluded to of developing British merit in ber have been written at nearly, the own sex, but with a bandage placed same period, and relating to the by rank and fashion over her eyes. same spols, which Maria Graham Butshe ought not then to have written visited. The letters that I have as if, in this particular also, as well had the privilege of perusing, im. as in so many others, she bad ex
, . facts which the fair authoress never Flannah Myre, another British wors dreamt were passing around her, thy of the softer sex, has I think, amid ihose characters, whom, by the remark, that the most valuable one bold stroke of ber pencil, she characters are not those which are lays, all alike, (save " Mrs. A.” placed most in the front of society : and " Mrs. M.”), under the influ- the contrary, iodeed, as a general po ence of vapidity on their couches, sition, may be affirmed. Had Maria sleeping over novels, or rising but Graham, therefore, sought for jewels to pursue objects of similar moment. of her own sex and nation in India, But, in prirale correspondence, I read she would have found them of the of pursuits rarely in request among first water, and, would have records ladies even aç bome. A sister su ed not a single gem or two ; ,,but perintends her brother's Latio stu- maoy a bright example would bare Jies; a wife improves her leisure, in cast a lustre over ber pages, which assisting ber husband in important now present us with only dark. and learned pursuits. Onu writes ; nens visible.” "I read Hebrew and Syriac daily, She tells us of a reading friend; cat oat garments, for ihe poor chil. but with a happier. lot, she might dren to niake for their families, and have dwelt on circles of friends, apply to the language of the natives moving in superior, though retired that I may be qualitied to eva.. lines of society, wbo meet at each care some of thrir little girls." Oge other's houses almost nightly, for mistress of a family studies the lan- the purposes of literary, enjoyment : guages of the country purposely 10 where, while the ladies (will any of instruct ihe native Christian women Maria Graham's readers. suspect itd). in Christian murality, as incul. dedicate their needles to some bene cated in the Christian Scriptures; volent purpose of industry, to benefit another, not only offers up the sa. the poor; the gentlemen, in turn, crifice of her valuable time and take
ke up the instructive joc amusive talents on the altar of benevolence, page, and with intervening chat il to bestow daily, instruction on the lustrative beguile the time is the childrep of the European soldiery, readers t997 Why zihey, pos unsel
dom are even from among the Civil deed, perceive that European gen
Servants o whom Maria has classi- tlemen possess more persevering
ney, or lear of punishment, are, in As I retain a most affectionate re- the minds of our countrymen, the membrance of India, I cannot help two master impulses which stimulate feeling just alarm lest the influence to good or restrain from evil
. Bur. of Maria Graham's opinion should to purity and excellence of conduct make the worthy of her sex shrink in our females, they can impute no from venturing to our Eastern hemi- such motives. Ladies are engaged sphere, while those of a contrary in no money transactions; and, stamp shall deceive themselves, and however they may act, no « think that in India they shall be pension from the service;” no reembosomed in a home! But let the primand of Government, or John good proceed thither with a holy Company," hangs in terrorem over boldness, and fear not but that they them. Iven are they uninfluenced shall find their value estimated and by all degrading fear of their own enhanced there where their men husbands! How, then, do i he wontal and spiritual graces shall be kept dering natives see them use their in full exercise; where their exam. Christian liberty, and not abuse it? ple and countenance will, as their It is in a manner which impresses Divine Master's talents, be im- them with some perception of the proved tenfold, in the promotion of TRUTH. their fellow-creatures' temporal and Nemy Churn Mullick, an opueternal advantage. Britain has re- lent and intelligent Hindoo, was ceived much : let her freely give of fond of observing the domestic bathe good that has been freely be- bits of Europeans. In a family where stowed upon her, that she may re- he had easy access, he frequently ceive more abundantly. Her Bible made his way to the morning workSocieties and her Missionary So- table, where he seemed to contemcieties do much to preserve her a plate with silent gratification, the city set on au bill; but one thing is useful employments of the cheerJacking-jet her pour forth of her ful party : " I always find English overflowing Christian society, not ladies doing something," he would Missionaries only, as labourers in say, " and they are always in good the harvest, but her daughters, her temper.” Even this slight remark, wives, ber sisters, and mothers; let must have led his mind far into a them also go forth and follow in comparison, between native and Euthe holy track and glean after the ropean families, in favour of the
arte reapers.g! Oh Joglega
9 dibua vi ne in my humble opinion, founded - The native perceives that the upon opportunities of personal ob. English wife is no slave to her servation, amiable female characters hasband, but that she is his best among the British peculiarly im- friend; one who maintains his press the minds of the natives of honour in the family, by her just and India with high respect towards our impartial sway at the head of his nation, for, to all that is praisewor= c domestic affairs, To such a characts: thy and superior in the other sex. ter, whal native dares breathe the they are prepared to impute more proffer of a bribe, 10 induce her or less sinister molives. They do, in- to bempt her husbind to forget his
integrity The English wife is not before her pishe bastens to the house
does she eat the bread of selfish idleObserve that British female, the ness? Let the rising youth of six maternal gaardian of the numerous families answer for her to them she and interesting group which sor- dedicates the valuable wornings of rounds her. She was invited to meet her days, attracts with elegant asMaria Grahamyand spend her even- siduity and winning sway to the sujog among the great, the fashiona- perior pursuits of pious and oukible and the intelligent, in all the vated minds; and having thus given blaze of dress and splendor; but up to the sweet toil of gratitude the her apology is sent- she is pre- better half of every day, does the engaged;" yes,
remainder resign her to the couch
and navel ? No! No!, That portion “ The ben, who, from the cbilly, air,
of her time which she reserves, exWith pious wing protects her care; And fowl that flies at large,
clusively to berself, is enriched by every Hilfe füstructs her in a parent's charge."
the further pursuit of information,
wherber ancient or modern, mora) Therefore she abandons not her chil. or philosophical, by which she cul. dren 10 mercenary prolection and un uvates and enriches her own stores principled intluence, but quietly stays for the ultimate benefie of the inat home, and when she has enjoyed a quiring.circle who will again sur Jong evening in assisting to develop round her in the morning. Neither ilie latent mind, and has commived are, her senedings delivered up ber youngones to their innocentsium- trivelity and fashion when the bers, she, blessed in feeling herself elegantly suseful ineedle 48 done sarrounded by them and their guar- vits appointed rask, and, sbe lively dian angels, calmly opens the so- bome of well-informed conversation
structive page for her own informa- sos biushed and the temperate boys stion, or takes up her per "toʻsimplify of rest calls on the friendly group and polish her own ideas. su valori
to separate, then will Carling avail Mark Eliza: where is she press hersele of the superiore advantages ing with so lively step, her counter India offers (when evening mist and nance all radiant with cheerful be- sluggish vapours have dispersed) for nevolencei Are the sons and daugh. conteroplaring beaven's Multa que
ters, ofegaiely awaiting her arrival villa scientifici eye and directing Ah no; far difierent occupationships fingers
extplotestie varied songs to
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tions. To this edelightfoti pursuit and valuable aequirements would every hour of the night has been in reflect honour on-parents and contorn devoted : - to watch the emerge- Dections even in this distinguished ment of the fervid Centaursor: Ahe country, where every help for eduvivid Southern Croka, isp with bet, cation abounds* ; but her solid atsufficient motive to start from the tainments have matured under the pillows attracted to the interesting role auspices of a self-educated moview.ea siis e Pet PCH? 13:22" ! ther, in that country where Maria
se Look where, -by the aid of that Graham hopelessly, and 100 indislong train of sight issuing from the criminately, consigns the British fesplendid dome, where nragnificent male-mind and propensities to apahospitality entertains Maria Gra- thy and selfishness! bam-Fidelia' winds her anxious I here will close, and shall be way to the solitary native hut, in bappy if any line of this paper whichvlies tanguishing the faithful may induce the admirers of Maria convert from Gentno superstitions, Grabam's Journal to suspend their who has been taught by the God of judgment on her testimony, respectmercies to call, in the day of trouble, ing the British ladies in India. I on his well-beloved Son, the appoint. do not contend that the fair aathoed Great Physician both of soul and ress has not pourtrayed faithfully body. Fidelia stands - by her sister those who have sat to her pencil: I believer, and has her own faith lament the exact similitude; but also strengthened, on perceiving the fast regret she enjoyed no opportunity departing spirit clearly renouncing of delinealing ahe far-different chaall false gods, " looking unto Jesus.” racters whose moral portraits I have “ Peace be with Anunderanee, my faintly sketched, and to whom her sister in the faith." ~ May I die the powerful pencil would have render. death of the righteous, and my last ed ample justice. Some individuals end be like theirs !!!
I allude to have passed under her su Turn to Amelia: behold her estic eye in India, but the veil of retired mating her exalted station only by merit was impervious to cursory obthe superior usefulness it enables her servation ; so we have lost the bene. to exert; observe her forgetting her fit of remarks, wbich might hapa own domestic sorrows in alleviating pily have stimulated her fellowthe woes within reach of ber Chris-countrywomen, possessing superior tian sympathy.' Hence she has talents and merit, to join a commudrawn around her that afflicted fa- nity where their value would be so mily into her elegant abode she fully appreciated. Her benevolent receives the sick; she anxiouly at- mind, which seems drawn out with tends the dying father ; she mourns peculiar interest in behalf of the nawith them that mourn; she clothes tives, would have exulted in at least those orphans; she prays for and one opportunity of recordmg, for with the widow; her time, her ta- our admiration, the conduct of a dents, her possessions, are dedicated lovely British female, who, necessito Him who graciously takes note of tated to go to sea for the benefit of even a cup of cold water given to her own health, scrupled not, in the a little one in the name of a dis- cause of benevolence and piety, to ciple; and will sender to the donor . a disciple's reward. ...
Elizabeth of India may be justly named *** Materna, carried at an early age together with
England's Elisabeth Smith: their from England, and, with no advan mental and moral graces bear a similar stampo tages for her own education, has suc- French, Italian, Latin, Hebrew, Syriac, lie.
The young person here mentioned, has studied cessfully attended to self-improve- sides more that one of the languages of ment, that she might become quali- India; hier native country though her parento
fied to cultivate rhe Italents of her are English; nor thus she ever btenibed'. daughter is a daughter, whose varied parerain :
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