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with the sorrow we felt on your account, was trifling and insignificant; that misfortune made all others light, and to see you once more returned, and safely restored to us, will be the summit of all earthly happiness.
• Farewell, my most beloved brother! God grant this may soon be put into your hands ! Perhaps at this moment you are arrived in England, and I may soon have the dear delight of again beholding you. My mamma, brothers, and sisters, join with me in every sentiment of love and tenderness. Write to us immediately, my ever-loved Peter, and may the Almighty preserve you until you bless with your presence your fondly affectionate family, and particularly your unalterably faithful friend and sister,
(Signed) NESSY HEYWOOD.'*
* Previous to the writing of this letter, the following copy of verses shews how anxiously this young lady's mind was engaged on the unhappy circumstances under which her brother was placed : On the tedious and mournful Absence of a most beloved BROTHER,
who was in the Bounty with Captain Bligh at the Time of the FATAL Mutiny, which happened April 28th, 1789, in the South Seas, and who, instead of returning with the Boat when she left the Ship, staid behind.
Tell me, thou busy, flatt'ring Telltale, why-
Among the many anxious friends of the Heywoods was Commodore Pasley, to whom this affectionate young lady addressed herself on the melancholy occasion ; and the following is the reply which she received from this officer :
· Sheerness, June 8, 1792. · Would to God, my dearest Nessy, that I could rejoice with you on the early prospect of your brother's arrival in England! One division of the Pandora's people are arrived, and now on board the
When in society I loved to join ;
'Though guiltless thou of mutiny or blame,
And free from aught which could disgrace thy name;
Vengeance (my ship). Captain Edwards with the remainder, and all the prisoners late of the Bounty, in number ten, four having been drowned on the loss of that ship, are daily expected. They have been most rigorously and closely confined since taken, and will continue so, I have no doubt, till Bligh's arrival. You have no chance of seeing him, for no bail can be offered. Your intelligence of his swimming off on the Pandora's arrival is not founded. A man of the name of Coleman came off ere she anchored; your brother and Mr. Stewart
Thy wit so keen, thy genius form’d to soar,
• Nessy HEYWOOD. 'Isle of Man, Feb. 25th, 1792.'
next day. This last youth, when the Pandora was lost, refused to allow his irons to be taken off, to save his life. I cannot conceal it from you, my dearest Nessy, neither is it proper I should-your brother appears by all accounts to be the greatest culprit of all, Christian alone excepted. Every exertion, you may rest assured, I shall use to save his life, but on trial I have no hope of his not being condemned. Three of the ten who are expected are mentioned in Bligh's narrative as men detained against their inclination. Would to God ther had been one of that number ! I will not distress you more by enlarging on this subject. As intelligence arises
shall be made acquainted with it. Adieu, my dearest Nessy. Present my affectionate remembrances to your mother and sisters, and believe me always, with the warmest affection,
- Your uncle,
• THOMAS PASLEY.'
In the same kind tone to Nessy, but containing the same
or still darker views of Peter's connexion with the mutiny, are letters from J. C. Curwen, Esq., and J. M. Heywood, Esq., to both of whom she applied for aid. His extreme youth,' says the former, is much in his favour, and I wish to God, for your sakes, it may extenuate a fault, the extent of which I dare say was not foreseen or considered. It would be cruel to flatter you; and however painful, I think it just to say, that unless some
favourable circumstances should appear, any interest which can be made will be of little avail. Though you have every reason to believe that he has been in this instance drawn aside to join in the mutiny,' says Mr. Heywood, the goodness of his heart will I fear avail him little when he is convicted of a crime, which, viewed in a political light, is of the blackest dye, highly aggravated by the circumstances of cruelty to his commander and the crew who were driven from the ship.'
By one of that division of the Pandora's men, whose arrival in the Vengeance is mentioned by Commodore Pasley, the letter from Peter, containing an account of himself up to his arrival at Batavia, must have been delivered to Mrs. Heywood. On its receipt Miss N. Heywood thus writes to Commodore Pasley; and every
reader of sensibility will sympathize in the feeling she displays:
* Isle of Man, 22d June, 1792. · Harassed by the most torturing suspense, and miserably wretched as I have been, my dearest uncle, since the receipt of your last, conceive, if it is possible, the heartfelt joy and satisfaction we experienced yesterday morning, when, on the arrival of the packet, the dear delightful letter from our beloved Peter (a copy of which I send you inclosed) was brought to us. Surely, myexcellent friend, you will agree with me in thinking there could not be a stronger proof of his innocence and