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his mortal hurt, and the strangling of the water, he died just before he reached the shore.
it is impossible to express the astonishment of these poor creatures at the noise and fire of my gun; some of them were even ready to die for fear, and fell down as dead with the very terror; but when the\r saw the creature dead, and sunk in the water, and that I made signs to them to come to the shore, they took heart, and came to the shore, and began to search for the creature. I found him by his blood staining the water; and by the help of a rope which I slung round him, and gave the Negroes to haul, they dragged him on shore, and found that it was a most curious leopard, spotted, and fine to an admirable degree; and the Negroes held up their hands with admiration, to think what it was I had killed him with.
The other creature, frightened with the flash of fire and the noise of the gun, swam on shore, and ran up directly to the mountains from whence they came; nor could I at that distance, know what it was. I found quickly the Negroes were for eating the flesh of this creature; so I was willing to have them take it as a favor from me; which, when I made signs to them that they might take him, they were very thankful for. Immediately they fell to work with him; and though they had no knife, yet, with a sharpened piece of wood, they took off his skin as readily, and much more readily, than we could have done with a knife. They offered me some of the flesh, which I declined, making as if I would give it them, but made signs for the skin, which they gave me very freely, and brought me a great deal more of their provisions, which, though I did not understand, yet I accepted. I then made signs to them for some water, and held out one of my jars to them, turning it bottom upward, to show that it was empty, and that I wanted to have it filled. They called immediately to 'some of their friends, and there came two women, and brought a gieat vessel made of earth, and burnt, as I suppose, in the sun; this they set down to me, as before, and I sent Xury on shore with my jars, and filled them all throe. The women were a.i stark naked as the men.
I was now furnished ,with roots and corn, such as it was, and water; and leaving my friendly Negroes, J made forward for about eleveri days more, without offering to go near the shore, till I saw the land run out a great length into the sea, at about the distance of four or five leagues" before me; and the sea being very calm, I kept a large"oiling,, to make this point. At length, doubling the point, at about two leagues from the land, I saw plainly land on, the other side, to seaward; then I concluded, as it was most certain indeed, that this was the Cape de Verd, and thor.c the islands, called, from thence, Cape de Verd Islands. However, they were at a great distance, and I could not well tell wliat I had best to do; (or if I should be taken with a gale of wind, 1 might neither reach one nor the other.
In this dilemma, as I was very pensive, I stepped into the cabin, and sat me down, Xury having the helm; when, on a sudden, the boy cried out, " Master, master, a ship with a sail!" and the foolish boy was frightened out of his wits, thinking it must needs be some of his mister's ships sent to "pursue us, when I knew we whye gotten far enough out of their reach. I jumped out of the cabin, and immediately saw, not only the ship, but what she was, viz. that it was a Portuguese ship, and, as I thought, was bound to the coast of Guinea, for Negroes. But, when I observed the course she steered, I was soon convinced they were bound soinelother way, and did not design to come any nearer to the shore; upon which I stretched out to sea as much as I could, resolving to speak with them, if possible.
With all the sail I could make, I found I should not be able to come in their way, but that they would be gone by before I could make any signal to thsm; but after I had crowded to the utmost, and began to despair, they, it seems, saw me by the help of their perspective glasses, and that it was some European boat, which, ihey supposed, must belong to some ship that was lost; so they shortened sail, to let me come up. I was encouraged with this, and as I had my patron's ensign on board, I made a waft of it to them, for a signal of distress, and fired a gun, both which they saw; for they told me they saw the smoke, though they did not hear the gun. Upon these signals, they very kindly brought to, and lay by for me; and in"about three hours' time I came up with them.
They asked me what I was, in Portuguese, and in Spanish, and in French, but I understood none of them; but, at last, a Scotch sailor, who was on board, called to me, and I answered him, and told him 1 was an Englishman, that I had made my escape out of slavery from the Moors, at Sallee: they then bade me come on board, and very kindly took me in, and all my goods.
It was an inexpressible joy to me, wrhich any one will believe, that I was thus delivered, as I esteemed it, from such a miserable, and almost hopeless condition, as I was in; and 1 immediately offered all I had to the captain of the ship, as a return for my deliverance; but he generously told me, he would take nothing from me, but that all I had should be delivered safe to me, when I came to the Brazils. "For," says he, "I have saved your life on no other terms than I would be glad to be saved myself; and it may, one time or other, be my lot to be taken up in the same condition. Besides," continued he, " when 1 carry you to the Brazils, so great a way from your own country, if I should take from you what you have, you will be starved there, and then I only take away that life I have given. No, no, Seignior Inglese" (Mr. Englishman), says he; "I will carry you thither in charity, and these things will help to buy your subsistence there, and your passage home again."
As he was charitable in this proposal, so he was just in the performance, to a tittle; for he ordered the seamen, that none should offer to touch any thing I had: then he took every thing into his own possession, and gave me back an exact inventory of them, that I might have them, even so much as my three earthen jars.
As to my boat, it was a very good one; and that he saw. and told me he would buy it of me for the ship's use; and asked me what I would have for it. I told him, he had been so generous to me in every thing, that I could not offer to make any price of the boat, but left it entirely to him: upon which, he told me he would give me a note of hand to pay me eighty pieces of eight for it at Brazil; and when it came there, if any one offered to give more, he would make it up. He offered me also sixty pieces of eight more for my boy Xury, which I was loth to take; not that I was not willing to let the captain have him, but I was very loth to sell the poor boy's liberty, who had assisted me so faithfully in procuring my own. However, when I let him know my reason, he owned it to be just, and offered me this medium, that he would give the boy an obligation to set him free in ten years, if he turned Christian: upon this, and Xury saying he was willing to go to him, I let the captain have him.
We had a very good voyage to the Brazils, and arrived in the Bay de Todos los Santos, or All Saints' Bay, in about twenty-two days after. And now I was once more delivered from the most miserable of all conditions of life; and what to do next with myself, I was now to consider.
The generous treatment the captain gave me, I can never enough remember: he would take nothing of me for my passage, gave me twenty ducats for the leopard's skin, and forty for the lion's skin, which I had in my boat, and caused every thing I had in the ship to be punctually delivered to me; and what I was willing to sell, he bought of me; such as the case of bottles, two of my guns, and a piece of the lump of beeswax,—for I had made candles of the rest: in a word, I made about two hundred and twenty pieces of eight of all my cargo; and with this stock, 1 went on shore in the Brazils.
I had not been long here, before I was recommended to the house of a good, honest man, like himself, who had an ingeino, as they call it (that is, a plantation and a sugar-house). I lived with him some time, and acquainted myself, by thatmeans, with the manner of planting and making of sugar; and seeing how well the planters lived, and howT they got rich suddenly, 1 resolved, if I could get a license to settle there, I would turn planter among them; endeavoring, in the mean time, to find out some way to get my money, which I had left m London, remitted to me. To this purpose, getting a kind of a letter of naturalization, I purchased as much land that was uncured as my money would reach, and formed a plan for my plantation and settlement; such a one as might be suitable to the stock which I proposed to myself to receive from England.
I had a neighbor, a Portuguese of Lisbon, but born of English parents, whose name was Wells, and in much such circumstances as I was. I call him my neighbor, because his plantation lay next to mine, and we went on very sociably togethcr. My stock was but low, as well as his; and we rather planted for food than any thing else, for about two years. However, we began to increase, and our land began to come into order: so that the third year we planted some tobacco, and made each of us a large piece of ground ready for planting canes in the year to come: but we both wanted help; and now I found, more than before, I had done wrong in parting with my boy Xury.
But, alas! for me to do wrong, that never did right, was no great wonder. I had no remedy, but to go on: I had °jot into an employment quite remote to my genius, and direcSy contrary to the life 1 delighted in, and for which 1 forsook my father's house, and broke through all his good advice: nay,"] was coming into the very middle station, or upper degree of low life, which my father advised me to before; and wfiich, il I resolved to go on with, I might as well have staid at home, and never have fatigued myself in the world, as [ had done: snd I used often to say to myself, 1 could have done this as well in England, among my friends, as have gone five thousand