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NEWTON FORSTER ;

OR,

THE MERCHANT SERVICE.

VOL. III.

NEWTON FORSTER;

OR,

THE MERCHANT SERVICE.

CHAPTER I.

A green and gilded snake had wreathed itself,
Why, with her head, nimble in threats, approach'd
The opening of his mouth.

SHAXSPEARE.

The Bombay Castle arrived at Madras without farther adventure. A few hours after she had anchored, all the passengers, receiving kind mesages from, or escorted on shore by their relatives r consignees, had landed; all, with the exception f the three Miss Revels, whose anxiety to land as increased by the departure of the others,

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and the unpleasant situation in which they were placed, by remaining a clog upon Captain Drawlock, who would not quit his ship until he had surrendered up his charge. By inquiry of the dubashes, Captain Drawlock found out that old Colonel Revel was residing at his bungalo, about two miles distant from the fort, and supposing him not to be aware of the arrival of his grandnieces, he despatched Newton Forster to acquaint him with the circumstance. It was late in the afternoon when Newton arrived at the residence of the colonel, when he perceived immediately that every thing was on the establishment of an old Indian nabob. A double set of palanquinbearers were stretched under the verandas; syces were fanning the horses with their chowries; tailors and various craftsmen were at work in the shade, while a herd of consumers, butlers, and other Indian domestics, were loitering about, or very busy doing nothing.

It will be necessary, before Newton is introduced to the colonel, that the colonel should be introduced to the reader. He was a man of nearly sixty years of age, forty-five of which, with the exception of occasional furlough, had been passed in the country. Having held several lucrative situations for many years, and, although not parsimonious, being very prudent in money concerns, he had amassed a very large fortune. More than once he had returned to England on leave, and with the full intention of remaining there, if he could be comfortable ; but a few months in his native country only made him more anxious to return to India. His habits, his tastes, were all eastern ; the close hospitality, the cold winter of England, the loss of consequence, naturally resulting when a man mixes in the crowd of London, all disgusted him, and he invariably returned to India long before his furlough had expired. He was a bachelor from choice. When young, he had been very cruelly treated by the object of his admiration, who deserted him for a few lacks of rupees, which offered themselves with an old man as their appendage. This had raised

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