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was desired to pay ten moidores for my passage : 1
сар forget whether any thing more, or how much, for my But servant: but I recollect, that the government paper-Iwer money, which remained in my hands, and which I had been obliged to take at par, was dicounted at fifteen per cent. Small considerations, these, it is true, in any other circumstances, but "serious, seeing of the position I was in. As certainly, had I yielded to much extortion in the beginning, and my litte stock
| by been sooner exhausted, I should have been destitute
get beyond measure, and perhaps have perished in that
| sha double-doored vault where I was first plunged, and from which it required money to redeem me. I Th I now remonstrated, that I had
de ing; and that if I went to a strange country as a pri
pla soner, where I might have neither credit nor connec
Idr tions, I must necessarily be exposed to great distress : and I begged, at least, to be informed where I was going, and to be allowed to make some arrangements. The officer replied in a peremptory and insulting strain, that if I had no money, none would be taken from me, but that my trunks and my person should be searched. This necessarily produced some warmth on my part. And transported and trembling with rage, and perhaps fear (for he often repeated that he was not afraid of me) he called upon his followers, who, I believe, were twenty in number, to tie me: however, this, as on the former occasion, was not put inexecution, and the whole scene ended in courtesy and complaisance.
The Danish vice-consul attended below, with a ge:
captain of his nation, to see the passage-money paid. or mj But neither of them would inform me where we aper,
were to go. Mr. Rivet and his servant were in like ich manner treated, and we were all four taken out by ed a
a gate which led to the place of embarkation. It
was through this gate that I had often observed files eein:
of convicts to be taken, who had been previously dedor
secured, each by an iron ring about his neck, and, stod
by this ring, to an iron bar, which held them all totitur
gether, in a row. I was glad that we had no such shackles, as we should have thereby lost the oppor, tunity of saluting our young ladies as we passed.-They were looking on, as I hope, with eyes of tender compassion from their window, where they were placed together with their father, and the elderly lady, their mother, or governante all of whom returned our salute politely. And I thought that the fair person, to whose compassion I laid claim, seemed touched with the hardships of my case.
I had found means, before I left the prison, to learn á lit
tle of her history. She was by birth a Spaniard.be
Her father a gentleman of the court, being a volante or running footman to the prince of Brazil. She herself had passed some heavy hours in the melancholy spot from which I addressed my prayers to her. Her lover being ordered to the East, she determined to share his fortunes, and to that end put on the garb of a sailor, in which disguise she fell into the hands of the police, and refusing to discover herself, was shut
in the identical cell which was afterwards allotted me, and had learned a lesson of pity in an excellent school.
We were now put on board a royal gilded barge, with the speed of twenty oars.
We had the consolation of another salute from our fair spectators as we passed their windows, which overlooked the water: but from that day to this, having heard or seen nothing further of them, I endeavor to flatter myself with the hope that they are both happily married and settled in the world. Whilst I
have yet many years and many leagues to wander; and other countries, in all human probability, yet to visit:
I waited with patience to see what was to be done with me, and was soon put on board à certain little Danish dogger, called the Die-Hoffning, which I understood to mean the Hope, a fair sounding name, but alas, a deceitful one, as you shall presently acknowledge. The pilot was on board, the sails were full, the anchor weighed. In the barge with us had been sent, by whose care or whose bounty I could not learn, a provision of wine, fowls, onions, and other articles, amply sufficient for a short voyage, but very inadequate to that long and cruel erration which we were destined to undergo.
The officer, of whom I have before spoken, and who conducted us on board, before his quitting us, and immediately before our sailing, put into the hands of Mr. Rivet and me separate passports for the port of Hamburg, where we were told that we were now to go; and to the captain he delivered, as had been sti
pulated, several certificates; one from the English consul, one from the Danish consul, and for more authority, endorsed by the ambassador of Denmark. There was another from Mr. Lafargue, the agent for French prisoners in Portugal, all evidently for the same purpose, of securing the captain against seizure by armed vessels of all nations. The only one of these certificates, which mentioned me solely, was that of Mr. Lafargue, whilst that of Mr. Crispin mentioned only Mr. Rivet, each covering with his protection the prisoner of the opposite nation. For this piece respecting me, which I insisted upon having from the captain on landing -(See Appendir No. XII.) The Danish consul and ambassador certified for five persons put on board, for reasons of state, and who had no charge on board of shipperhaps the unfortunate Mr. A might have been intended for the fifth.
I had forgot to mention, that the ecrivan had insisted on my signing a paper jointly with Mr. Rivet, that I should not return to Portugal, on pain of perpetual imprisonment. Mr. Rivet made no objection to sign this paper, which was drawn up so as to be jointly signed by him and me. He has, nevertheless, I understand since exercised the office of Portuguese consul at Nantes, and is now as a commercial agent from France in Lisbon. But my case was very different. I had no government to protect me : on the contrary, the minister, whose duty it was to do so, seemed to spare no means, however shameful, to destroy me. I had no law to appeal to. For in my person all laws had already been outraged. My ene
mies were in power, and certainly had not enough of magnanimity to forgive the exposure of their crimes; and after the perfidies I had experienced, I had little reason to confide in any body. I might be
might be put back into Portugal, as I was so often into Dublin, and this paper be used as a pretext better than any yet found, for the eternal privation of my liberty. Besides, I had perceived an affectation of stiling that gentleman and me os duos amigos, (the two friends) at a time when we had never seen each other, which displeased me. I refused therefore to subscribe to such conditions : but at the request of the officer, and for his justification, gave my reasons in writing at the foot of his paper. 1st. That I had been obliged, in consequence of an agreement with the government of my country, to sign an obligation to come to Portugal and remain there during the war, and that therefore I could not now subscribe to terms directly contrary. 2dly. That this
paper was made jointly with a gentleman of a different nation, whom I had not advantage of knowing, and whose case, from the circumstances, could have nothing in common with mine. 3dly. That not. seeing what profit I could reap from it, or with what motive it was proposed to me, I should decline it, for that reason alone, as I could not presume it was intended to befriend me. Now, let us take leave of this inhospitable and degraded land ; and, that you may have courage to accompany me through a long and painful suffering on the seas, I shall leave you for a while to your repose.