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Will Atkins's tent, or house, and found the young woman and Atkins's baptized wife had been discoursing of religion together, for Will Atkins told it me with a great deal of joy, I asked if they were together now, and he said yes; ... } went into the house, and he with me, and we found them together very earnest in discourse. “O, sir,” says Will Atkins, “when’ God has sinners to reconcile to himself, and aliens to bring home, he never wants a messenger; my wife has got a new instructor; I knew I was as unworthy as I was incapable of that work; that young woman has been sent hither from heaven; she is enough to convert a whole island of savages.” The young woman blushed, and rose up to go away, but I desired her to sit still ; I told her she had a good work upon her hands, and I hoped God would bless her in it. We talked a little, and I did not perceive they had any book among them, though I did not ask; but I put pay hand into my pocket, and id out my Bible: “Here,” says I to Atkins, “I have brought you an assistant that perhaps you had not before.” The man was so confounded that he was not able to speak for some time; but recovering himself, he takes it with both his hands, and turning to his wife, “Here, my dear,” says he, “did not I tell you our God, though he lives above, could hear what we said Here's the book I prayed for when you and I kneeled down under the bush; now God has heard us, and sent it.” When he had said so, the inan fell into such transports of passionate joy, that between the joy of having it, and giving God thanks for it, the tears ran down his face like a child that was crying. The woman was surprised, and was like to have run into a mistake that none of us were aware of, for she firmly believed God had sent the book upon her husband's petition. It is true, that providentially it was so, and might be taken so in a consequent sense; but I believe it would have been no difficult matter, at that time, to have persuaded the poor woman to have believed that an express messenger came from heaven on purpose to bring that individual book; but it was too serious a matter to suffer any delusion to take place; so I turned to

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the young woman, and told her we did not desire to impose upon the new convert, in her first and more ignorant understanding of things, and be ged her to explain to her that God may be very properly said to answer our petitions, when, in the course of his providence, such things are in a particular manner brought to pass as we petitioned for ; but we did not expect returns from Heaven in a miraculous and particular manner, and it is our mercy that it is not so. This the young woman did afterwards effectually, so that there was, 1 assure you, no priestcraft used here; and I should have thought it one of the most unjustifiable frauds in the world to have had it so. But the surprise of joy upon Will Atkins is really not to be expressed ; and there, we may be sure, was no delusion. Sure no man was ever more thankful in the world for any thing of its kind than he was for the Bible; nor, I believe, never any man was glad of a Bible from a better principle ; and though he had been a most profligate creature, headstrong, furious, and desperately wicked, yet this man is a standing rule to us all for the well instructing children, viz. that parents should never give over to teach an instruct, nor ever despair of the success of their endeavors, let the children be ever so refractory, or, to appearance, insensible of instruction; for, if ever God, in his providence, touches the conscience of such, the force of their education returns upon them, and the early instruction of parents is not lost, though it may have been many years if asleep, but, some time or other, they may find the benefit of it. hus it was with this poor man; however ignorant he was of religion and Christian knowledge, he found he had some to do with now more ignorant than himself, and that the least part of the instruction of his good father that now came to his mind was of use to him. x Among the rest it occurred to him, he said, how his father used to insist so much on the inexpressible value of the Bible, the privilege and blessing of it to nations, families, and persons; but he never entertained the least notion of the worth of it till now, when, being to talk to heathens, savages, and barbarians, he wanted the help of the written oracle for his assistance. The young woman was glad of it also for the present occasion, though she had one, and so had the youth, on board our ship, among their goods, which were not yet brought on shore. And now having said so many things of this young woman, I cannot omit telling one story more of her and myself, which has something in it very informing and remarkable. I have related to what extremity the poor young woman was reduced, how her mistress was starved to death, and died on board that unhappy ship we met at Sea, and how the whole ship's company was reduced to the last extremity. The gentlewoman and her son, and this maid, were first hardly used, as to provisions, and at last totally neglected and starved ; that is to say, brought to the last extremity of hunger.—One day, being discoursing with her on the extremities they suffered, I asked her if she could describe, by what she had felt, what it was to starve, and how it appeared. She told me she believed she could, and she told her tale very distinctly thus:— “First, sir,” said she, “we had for some days fared exceeding hard, and suffered very great hunger; but at last we were wholly without food of any kind, except sugar, and a little wine and water. The first day, after I had received no food at all, I found myself, towards evening, first empty and sick at the stomach, and near night much inclined to yawning and sleep. I lay down on a couch in the great cabin to sleep, and slept about three hours, and awaked a little refreshed, having taken a glass of wine when I lay down : after being about three hours awake, it being about five o'clock in the morning, I found myself empty, and my stomach sickish, and lay down again, but could not sleep at all, being very faint and ill; and thus I continued all the second day, with a strange variety, first hungry, then sick again, with retchings to vomit. The second night, being obliged to go to bed again without any food, more than a draught of fresh water, and being asleep, I dreamed I was at Barbadoes, and that the Imarket was mightily stocked

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with provisions; that I bought some for my mistress, and went and dined very heartily. I thought my stomach was as full after this as it would have been after a good dinner; but when I awaked, I was exceedingly sunk in my spirits to find myself in the extremity of famine. The last glass of wine we had I drank, and put sugar in it, because of its having some spirit to supply nourishment; but there being no substance in the o for the digesting office to work upon, I found the only effect of the wine was, to raise disagreeable fumes from the stomach into the head; and I lay, as they told me, stupid and senseless, as one drunk, for Some time. }r. third day, in the morning, after a night of strange, confused, and inconsistent dreams, and rather dozing than sleeping, I awaked ravenous and furious with hunger; and I question, had not my understanding returned and conquered it, whether, if I had been a mother, and had had a little child with me, its life would have been safe or not. This lasted about three hours; during which time I was twice raging mad as any creature in Bedlam, as my young master told me, and as he can now inform you. “In one of these fits of lunacy or distraction I fell down and struck my face against the corner of a pallet-bed, in which my mistress so and, with the blow, the blood gushed out of my nose; and the cabin-boy bringing me a little basin, I sat down and bled into it a great deal; and as the blood came from me, I came to myself, and the violence of the flame or fever I was in abated, and so did the ravenous part of the hunger. Then I grew sick, and retched to vomit, but could not, for I had nothing in my stomach to bring up. After I had bled some time I swooned, and they all believed I was dead; but I came to myself soon aster, and then had a most dreadful pain in my stomach, not to be described, not like the colic, but a gnawing, eager pain for food; and towards the night it went off, with a kind of earnest wishing or longing for food, something like, as I .P. the longing of a woman with child. i took another draught of water, with sugar in it; but my stomach. loathed the sugar, and brought it all up again : then I took a draught of water without sugar, and that staid with me ; and E E

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