1 If I fail, you will see me again soon, or never.
2 Remember me with affection, should you never hear from me again.
3 You may deem me romantic, my dear sister, but I bitterly feel the want of a friend.
4 On perceiving me, the stranger addressed me in English, although with a foreign accent.
5 I desire the company of a man who could sympathize with me, whose eyes would reply to mine.
6 This circumstance, added to his well-known integrity and dauntless courage, made me very desirous to engage him.
7 Heaven shower down blessings on you, and save me, that I may again and again testify my gratitude for all your love and kindness.
8 Continue for the present to write to me by every opportunity: I may receive your letters on some occasions when I need them most to support my spirits.
9 I shall do nothing rashly: you know me sufficiently to confide in my prudence and considerateness whenever the safety of others is committed to my care.
10 I have no one near me, gentle yet courageous, possessed of a cultivated as well as of a capacious mind, whose tastes are like my own, to approve or amend my plans.
11 So strange an accident has happened to us that I cannot forbear recording it, although it is very probable that you will see me before these papers can come into your possession.
12 I am already far north of London, and as I walk in the streets of Petersburgh, I feel a cold northern breeze play upon my cheeks, which braces my nerves and fills me with delight.
13 But it is a still greater evil to me that I am self-educated: for the first fourteen years of my life I ran wild on a common and read nothing but our Uncle Thomas' books of voyages.
14 I must own I felt a little proud when my captain offered me the second dignity in the vessel and entreated me to remain with the greatest earnestness, so valuable did he consider my services.
15 These volumes were my study day and night, and my familiarity with them increased that regret which I had felt, as a child, on learning that my father's dying injunction had forbidden my uncle to allow me to embark in a seafaring life.
16 These are my enticements, and they are sufficient to conquer all fear of danger or death and to induce me to commence this laborious voyage with the joy a child feels when he embarks in a little boat, with his holiday mates, on an expedition of discovery up his native river.
17 But I have one want which I have never yet been able to satisfy, and the absence of the object of which I now feel as a most severe evil, I have no friend, Margaret: when I am glowing with the enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my joy; if I am assailed by disappointment, no one will endeavour to sustain me in dejection.
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