the reign of Queen Victoria the dull-witted nation has conceived it to be more humane to confine them in a prison, separate husband from wife, parent from child, and mete out to each inmate a daily task, and keep old and young under the strictest surveillance.
At six in the morning they are all roused from sleep; and at 8 o'clock at night they are penned up in their dormitories.
Bread, gruel, rice, and potatoes compose principally their fare, after being nicely weighed and measured.
On Saturdays each person must undergo a thorough scrubbing, and on Sundays they must submit to two sermons, which treat of things never practised, and patiently kneel during a prayer as long as a sermon, in the evening.
It is a fearful fate, that of a British outcast, because the punishment afflicts the mind and breaks the heart.
It is worse than that which overtakes the felonious convict, because it appears so unmerited, and so contrary to that which the poor have a right to expect from a Christia