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weeks; but, at last the signal gun was fired from the convoy, and the fleet got under weigh with a fair breeze, which put an end to all my hopes. In seven weeks, by the good providence of God, we arrived safe at Gibraltar.

Here I soon found new difficulties and temptations. We had no want of provision, nor were we harassed about as we were in Germany, nor were we in any immediate danger from our outward enernies; but I was exposed to sin, and I often fell into the snare of the fowler, and thus contracted fresh guilt on my wounded conscience. But, oh! the goodness of God, I was not left to perish in my sins! I was led to see the evil of my ways, and loathe myself for mine own iniquities. The view which I had of my sin and folly, as the cause of my unhappiness, caused me to go mourning almost all the day.

Here I' was deprived of the opportunities which I had on the continent, of retiring into woods; where I could pour out my complaints before the Lord, and give vent to my swelling breast, though it were but in cries and groans. This was soon made up by the holes, which I found in the rocks, where I could hide myself ; to these I used to retire as opportunities offered, and spend many solitary hours. It is true, I had a privilege now which before I could not enjoy, that of going to church on the Lord's day. This I was glad to embrace, though it was but of little real advantage to me. My ignorance was very great, and the state of my mind was such, that I needed some other kind of instruction.

I was still very anxious to obtain my liberty, yet no man in the garrison had more indulgences. I was much tempted again to change my conduct, to get a bad character; but the Lord hedged up my way with thorns; and when I fell by temptation, he brought me back with weeping, and with supplications. Oh! the exceeding riches of sovereign grace ! Here I can look back, and see how remarkably that Scripture was fulfilled, which some time after my return to England was opened to my comfort, viz. “ Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound."

After being at Gibraltar for some time, orders were received by the governor from England, to dispatch His Majesty's secretary here, on an embassy to the court of Morocco, to carry some valuable presents sent from England ; and to inform the Emperor of the peace made between the Christian powers; likewise to redeem such of the British subjects as might then be in a state of slavery. For this purpose, he was to be supplied from the garrison with officers, servants, and necessaries, suitable to the dignity of his mission. Among the officers appointed for this service was my colonel, who was pleased to order me to attend him as one of his domestics.

Every thing being ready, we embarked on board a ship of war appointed for that service. We set sail, and stood for the island of Magadoro, it being the nearest port we could make, convenient for conveying to Morocco the valuable presents we had on board. In our passage we were much alarmed for fear of the pirates, which generally swarm in the trading seas. А sail once appeared in sight, we cleared ship, and prepared for action, not doubting but we should be attacked. In this situation we remained the whole day; but the next morning we had lost sight of them, and in about seven or eight days we arrived safe at the island, near to which was the Emperor, with a large body of his arnıy. As soon as we approached the harbour, our colours not appearing, we were saluted with a shot from the castle. Our captain wished to conceal who he was, till he was quite ready to salute the fort, which was done with all possible expedition, and the colours thrown out fore and aft.

No sooner had we dropped anchor, and ceased firing, than we were boarded both sides of the ship to know. who we were; whence we came, and what was our business there. The cere mony being over, and the boats put off from the ship, having informed us the Emperor was at hand, we began - to salute them again ; being answered by them as soon as the boats reached the shore with their intelligence, which continued for a considerable time.

The niessenger being returned from shore, the Emperor commanded the immediate attendance of our ambassador, with which we instantly complied; as the least" reluctance would prob bably have been attended with a seizure of the whole, and a forfeiture of our liberty, if not of our lives. But it soon appeared that we were kindly received, as - several baskets of delicious fruit were presently sent on board. Our anbassador having been presented to the Emperor, returned to the ship, where he continued titt next morning; when we were ordered to land, and pitch our tents a small distance from the Emperor, in which act I had a great share; having been so long in Germany, I understood the manner of framing the tents. During my stay here, I had an opportunity of seeing their manner of worship, and could not help observa ing with what zeal and fervour they would fal} prostrate on the ground morning and evening, and at the appearance of the sun, moon, and different planets, without the least concern who saw them; whilst I, who professed Christi. anity, was ashamed to acknowledre the true God, the God of my fathers, the preserver of my life, and the God of my salvation.

This, I trust, has sometimes been a useful and instructive reproof to me, when I have been led to consider the advantages with which I have been indulged ; born in a land of Gospel light and liberty, brought up and educated in the true principles of Christianity, and interested in the prayers of pious parents. These poor fellow-creatures, whose souls are as precious as mine, remain in nature's darkness and superstition, zealously worshipping they know not what, crying unto a God who has no ears to

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