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ftuffs for cloathing the Spaniards that I expected to find there, and enough of them as by my calculation might comfortably supply them for seven years; if I remember right, the materials which I carried for cloathing them, with gloves, hats, fhoes, ftockings, and all fuch things as they could want for wearing, amounted to above 200 pounds, including fome beds, bedding, and houfhold-stuff, particularly kitchen utenfils, with pots, kettles, pewter, brafs, &c. befides near a hundred pounds more in iron-work, nails, tools of every kind, staples, hooks, hinges, and every neceffary thing I could think of.

I carried also a hundred spare arms, mufkets, and fuzees, befides fome piftols, a confiderable quantity of fhot of all fizes, three or four tons of lead, and two pieces of brass cannon; and because I knew not what time, and what extremities I was providing for, I carried an hundred barrels of powder, befides fwords, cutlaffes, and the iron part of fome pikes, and halberts; fo that in fhort we had a large maga. zine of all forts of ftores; and I made my nephew carry two fmall quarter-deck guns more than he wanted for his fhip, to leave behind, if there was occafion; that when they came there, we might build a fort, and man it against all forts of enemies: and indeed, I at first thought there would be need enough of it all, and much more, if we hoped to maintain our poffeffion of the island, as fhall be feen in the courfe of the story.

I had not fuch bad luck in this voyage as I had been used to meet with; and therefore fhall have the lefs occafion to interrupt the reader, who perhaps may be impatient to hear how matters went with my colony; yet fome odd accidents, crofs winds,

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and bad weather happened, on this first fetting out, which made the voyage longer than I expected it at firft; and I, who had never made but one voyage, (viz.) my first voyage to Guinea, in which I might be faid to come back again as the voyage was at first defigned, began to think the fame ill fate ftill attended me; and that I was born to be never contented with being on fhore, and yet to be always unfortunate at fea.

Contrary winds first put us to the northward, and we were obliged to put in at Galway in Ireland, where we lay wind-bound two and thirty days; but we had this fatisfaction with the difafter, that provisions were here exceeding cheap, and in the utmost plenty; fo that while we lay here we never touched the fhip's stores, but rather added to them; here also I took feveral hogs, and two cows, with their calves, which I refolved, if I had a good paffage, to put on shore in my island; but we found occafion to dispose otherwife of them.

We fet out the 5th of February from Ireland, and had a very fair gale of wind for fome days; as I remember, it might be about the 20th of February in the evening late, when the mate having the watch, came into the round-house, and told us he saw a flash of fire, and heard a gun fired; and while he was telling us of it, a boy came in, and told us the boatfwain heard another. This made us all run out upon the quarter-deck, where for a while we heard nothing, but in a few minutes we faw a very great light, and found that there was fome very terrible fire at a distance; immediately we had recourse to our reckonings, in which we all agreed that there could be no land that

that way, in which the fire fhewed itself, no not for 500 leagues, for it appeard at W. N. W. upon this we concluded it must be fome fhip on fire at fea; and as by our hearing the noife of guns juft before, we concluded it could not be far off, we ftood directly towards it, and were prefently fatisfied we fhould discover it, because the farther we failed the greater the light appeared, tho' the weather being hazy we could not perceive any thing but the light for a while; in about half an hour's failing, the wind being fair for us, though not much of it, and the weather clearing up a little, we could plainly discern that it was a great fhip on fire in the middle of the fea.

I was moft fenfibly touched with this difafter, though not at all acquainted with the perfons engaged in it; I prefently recollected my former circumftances, in what condition I was in when taken up by the Portugal Captain; and how much more deplorable the circumstances of the poor creatures belonging to this ship must be if they had no other fhip in company with them: upon this I immediately ordered, that five guns fhould be fired, one foon after another, that, if poffible, we might give notice to them that there was help for them at hand, and that they might endeavour to fave themselves in their boat; for though we could fee the flame in the fhip, yet they, it being night, could fee nothing of us.

We lay by fome time upon this, only driving as the burning fhip drove, waiting for day light; when on a fudden, to our great terror, though we had reafon to expect it, the fhip blew up in the air, and immediately funk: this was terrible, and indeed an afflicting fight, for the fake of the poor men, who, I concluded,

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concluded must be either all deftroyed in the fhip, or be in the utmost distress in their boats in the middle of the ocean, which, at prefent, by reafon it was dark, I could not fee: however to direct them as well as I could, I caufed lights to be hung out in all the parts of the fhip where we could, and which we had lanthorns for, and kept firing guns all the night long; letting them know by this, that there was a fhip not far off.

About eight o'clock in the morning, we difcovered the fhip's boats, by the help of our perfpective-glaffes; and found there were two of them, both thronged with people, and deep in the water: we perceived they rowed, the wind being against them; that they faw our fhip, and did the utmoft to make us fee them.

We immediately fpread our ancient, to let them know we saw them; and hung a waft out, as a fignal for them to come on board; and then made more fail, ftanding directly to them. In a little more than half an hour, we came up with them, and, in a word, took them all in, being no lefs than fixtyfour men, women, and children; for there were a great many paffengers.

Upon the whole, we found it was a French merchant-ship of 300 tons, homeward-bound from Quebeck, in the river of Canada. The mafter gave us a long account of the diftrefs of his fhip, how the fire began in the steerage by the negligence of the fteerfman; but, on his crying out for help, was, as every body thought, entirely put out but they foon found that fome fparks of the first fire had gotten into fome part of the fhip, fo difficult to come at, Vol. II. с that

that they could not effectually quench it; and afterwards getting in between the timbers, and within the cieling of the fhip, it proceeded into the hold, and mastered all the fkill and all the application they were able to exert.

They had no more to do then but to get into their boats, which, to their great comfort, were pretty large; being their long boat, and a great fhallop, befides a small skiff, which was of no great fervice to them, other than to get fome fresh water and provifions into her, after they had fecured themfelves from the fire. They had indeed small hope of their lives by getting into these boats at that distance from any land; only, as they faid well, that they were escaped from the fire, and had a poffibility, that some ship might happen to be at fea, and might take them in. They had fails, oars, and a compafs; and were preparing to make the best of their way to Newfoundland, the wind blowing pretty fair; for it blew an eafy gale at S. E. by E. They had as much provifions and water, as, with fparing it fo as to be next door to ftarving, might fupport them about 12 days; in which, if they had no bad weather, and no contrary winds, the captain faid, he hoped he might get to the banks of Newfoundland, and might perhaps take fome fish to fuftain them till they might go on fhore. But there were fo many chances against them in all these cases; fuch as ftorms to overset and founder them; rains and cold to benumb and perish their limbs; contrary winds to keep them out and starve them; that it must have been next to miraculous if they had escaped.

In the midst of their confultations, every one being hopeless, and ready to defpair, the captain with tears

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