In a little time, however, no more canoes appearing, the fear of their comin_ore off; and I began to take my former thoughts of a voyage to the main int_onsideration; being likewise assured by Friday's father that I might depen_pon good usage from their nation, on his account, if I would go. But m_houghts were a little suspended when I had a serious discourse with th_paniard, and when I understood that there were sixteen more of his countryme_nd Portuguese, who having been cast away and made their escape to that side,
lived there at peace, indeed, with the savages, but were very sore put to i_or necessaries, and, indeed, for life. I asked him all the particulars o_heir voyage, and found they were a Spanish ship, bound from the Rio de l_lata to the Havanna, being directed to leave their loading there, which wa_hiefly hides and silver, and to bring back what European goods they coul_eet with there; that they had five Portuguese seamen on board, whom they too_ut of another wreck; that five of their own men were drowned when first th_hip was lost, and that these escaped through infinite dangers and hazards,
and arrived, almost starved, on the cannibal coast, where they expected t_ave been devoured every moment. He told me they had some arms with them, bu_hey were perfectly useless, for that they had neither powder nor ball, th_ashing of the sea having spoiled all their powder but a little, which the_sed at their first landing to provide themselves with some food.
I asked him what he thought would become of them there, and if they had forme_ny design of making their escape. He said they had many consultations abou_t; but that having neither vessel nor tools to build one, nor provisions o_ny kind, their councils always ended in tears and despair. I asked him how h_hought they would receive a proposal from me, which might tend towards a_scape; and whether, if they were all here, it might not be done. I told hi_ith freedom, I feared mostly their treachery and ill- usage of me, if I pu_y life in their hands; for that gratitude was no inherent virtue in th_ature of man, nor did men always square their dealings by the obligation_hey had received so much as they did by the advantages they expected. I tol_im it would be very hard that I should be made the instrument of thei_eliverance, and that they should afterwards make me their prisoner in Ne_pain, where an Englishman was certain to be made a sacrifice, what necessit_r what accident soever brought him thither; and that I had rather b_elivered up to the savages, and be devoured alive, than fall into th_erciless claws of the priests, and be carried into the Inquisition. I adde_hat, otherwise, I was persuaded, if they were all here, we might, with s_any hands, build a barque large enough to carry us all away, either to th_razils southward, or to the islands or Spanish coast northward; but that if,
in requital, they should, when I had put weapons into their hands, carry me b_orce among their own people, I might be ill-used for my kindness to them, an_ake my case worse than it was before.
He answered, with a great deal of candour and ingenuousness, that thei_ondition was so miserable, and that they were so sensible of it, that h_elieved they would abhor the thought of using any man unkindly that shoul_ontribute to their deliverance; and that, if I pleased, he would go to the_ith the old man, and discourse with them about it, and return again and brin_e their answer; that he would make conditions with them upon their solem_ath, that they should be absolutely under my direction as their commander an_aptain; and they should swear upon the holy sacraments and gospel to be tru_o me, and go to such Christian country as I should agree to, and no other;
and to be directed wholly and absolutely by my orders till they were lande_afely in such country as I intended, and that he would bring a contract fro_hem, under their hands, for that purpose. Then he told me he would firs_wear to me himself that he would never stir from me as long as he lived til_ gave him orders; and that he would take my side to the last drop of hi_lood, if there should happen the least breach of faith among his countrymen.
He told me they were all of them very civil, honest men, and they were unde_he greatest distress imaginable, having neither weapons nor clothes, nor an_ood, but at the mercy and discretion of the savages; out of all hopes of eve_eturning to their own country; and that he was sure, if I would undertak_heir relief, they would live and die by me.
Upon these assurances, I resolved to venture to relieve them, if possible, an_o send the old savage and this Spaniard over to them to treat. But when w_ad got all things in readiness to go, the Spaniard himself started a_bjection, which had so much prudence in it on one hand, and so much sincerit_n the other hand, that I could not but be very well satisfied in it; and, b_is advice, put off the deliverance of his comrades for at least half a year.
The case was thus: he had been with us now about a month, during which time _ad let him see in what manner I had provided, with the assistance o_rovidence, for my support; and he saw evidently what stock of corn and rice _ad laid up; which, though it was more than sufficient for myself, yet it wa_ot sufficient, without good husbandry, for my family, now it was increased t_our; but much less would it be sufficient if his countrymen, who were, as h_aid, sixteen, still alive, should come over; and least of all would it b_ufficient to victual our vessel, if we should build one, for a voyage to an_f the Christian colonies of America; so he told me he thought it would b_ore advisable to let him and the other two dig and cultivate some more land,
as much as I could spare seed to sow, and that we should wait another harvest,
that we might have a supply of corn for his countrymen, when they should come;
for want might be a temptation to them to disagree, or not to think themselve_elivered, otherwise than out of one difficulty into another. “You know,” say_e, “the children of Israel, though they rejoiced at first for their bein_elivered out of Egypt, yet rebelled even against God Himself, that delivere_hem, when they came to want bread in the wilderness.”
His caution was so seasonable, and his advice so good, that I could not but b_ery well pleased with his proposal, as well as I was satisfied with hi_idelity; so we fell to digging, all four of us, as well as the wooden tool_e were furnished with permitted; and in about a month's time, by the end o_hich it was seed-time, we had got as much land cured and trimmed up as w_owed two-and- twenty bushels of barley on, and sixteen jars of rice, whic_as, in short, all the seed we had to spare: indeed, we left ourselves barel_ufficient, for our own food for the six months that we had to expect ou_rop; that is to say reckoning from the time we set our seed aside for sowing;
for it is not to be supposed it is six months in the ground in that country.
Having now society enough, and our numbers being sufficient to put us out o_ear of the savages, if they had come, unless their number had been ver_reat, we went freely all over the island, whenever we found occasion; and a_e had our escape or deliverance upon our thoughts, it was impossible, a_east for me, to have the means of it out of mine. For this purpose I marke_ut several trees, which I thought fit for our work, and I set Friday and hi_ather to cut them down; and then I caused the Spaniard, to whom I imparted m_houghts on that affair, to oversee and direct their work. I showed them wit_hat indefatigable pains I had hewed a large tree into single planks, and _aused them to do the like, till they made about a dozen large planks, of goo_ak, near two feet broad, thirty-five feet long, and from two inches to fou_nches thick: what prodigious labour it took up any one may imagine.
At the same time I contrived to increase my little flock of tame goats as muc_s I could; and for this purpose I made Friday and the Spaniard go out on_ay, and myself with Friday the next day (for we took our turns), and by thi_eans we got about twenty young kids to breed up with the rest; for wheneve_e shot the dam, we saved the kids, and added them to our flock. But abov_ll, the season for curing the grapes coming on, I caused such a prodigiou_uantity to be hung up in the sun, that, I believe, had we been at Alicant,
where the raisins of the sun are cured, we could have filled sixty or eight_arrels; and these, with our bread, formed a great part of our food - ver_ood living too, I assure you, for they are exceedingly nourishing.
It was now harvest, and our crop in good order: it was not the most plentifu_ncrease I had seen in the island, but, however, it was enough to answer ou_nd; for from twenty-two bushels of barley we brought in and thrashed ou_bove two hundred and twenty bushels; and the like in proportion of the rice;
which was store enough for our food to the next harvest, though all th_ixteen Spaniards had been on shore with me; or, if we had been ready for _oyage, it would very plentifully have victualled our ship to have carried u_o any part of the world; that is to say, any part of America. When we ha_hus housed and secured our magazine of corn, we fell to work to make mor_icker-ware, viz. great baskets, in which we kept it; and the Spaniard wa_ery handy and dexterous at this part, and often blamed me that I did not mak_ome things for defence of this kind of work; but I saw no need of it.
And now, having a full supply of food for all the guests I expected, I gav_he Spaniard leave to go over to the main, to see what he could do with thos_e had left behind him there. I gave him a strict charge not to bring any ma_ho would not first swear in the presence of himself and the old savage tha_e would in no way injure, fight with, or attack the person he should find i_he island, who was so kind as to send for them in order to their deliverance;
but that they would stand by him and defend him against all such attempts, an_herever they went would be entirely under and subjected to his command; an_hat this should be put in writing, and signed in their hands. How they wer_o have done this, when I knew they had neither pen nor ink, was a questio_hich we never asked. Under these instructions, the Spaniard and the ol_avage, the father of Friday, went away in one of the canoes which they migh_e said to have come in, or rather were brought in, when they came a_risoners to be devoured by the savages. I gave each of them a musket, with _irelock on it, and about eight charges of powder and ball, charging them t_e very good husbands of both, and not to use either of them but upon urgen_ccasions.
This was a cheerful work, being the first measures used by me in view of m_eliverance for now twenty-seven years and some days. I gave them provision_f bread and of dried grapes, sufficient for themselves for many days, an_ufficient for all the Spaniards - for about eight days' time; and wishin_hem a good voyage, I saw them go, agreeing with them about a signal the_hould hang out at their return, by which I should know them again when the_ame back, at a distance, before they came on shore. They went away with _air gale on the day that the moon was at full, by my account in the month o_ctober; but as for an exact reckoning of days, after I had once lost it _ould never recover it again; nor had I kept even the number of years s_unctually as to be sure I was right; though, as it proved when I afterward_xamined my account, I found I had kept a true reckoning of years.
It was no less than eight days I had waited for them, when a strange an_nforeseen accident intervened, of which the like has not, perhaps, been hear_f in history. I was fast asleep in my hutch one morning, when my man Frida_ame running in to me, and called aloud, “Master, master, they are come, the_re come!” I jumped up, and regardless of danger I went, as soon as I coul_et my clothes on, through my little grove, which, by the way, was by thi_ime grown to be a very thick wood; I say, regardless of danger I went withou_y arms, which was not my custom to do; but I was surprised when, turning m_yes to the sea, I presently saw a boat at about a league and a half distance,
standing in for the shore, with a shoulder-of-mutton sail, as they call it,
and the wind blowing pretty fair to bring them in: also I observed, presently,
that they did not come from that side which the shore lay on, but from th_outhernmost end of the island. Upon this I called Friday in, and bade him li_lose, for these were not the people we looked for, and that we might not kno_et whether they were friends or enemies. In the next place I went in to fetc_y perspective glass to see what I could make of them; and having taken th_adder out, I climbed up to the top of the hill, as I used to do when I wa_pprehensive of anything, and to take my view the plainer without bein_iscovered. I had scarce set my foot upon the hill when my eye plainl_iscovered a ship lying at anchor, at about two leagues and a half distanc_rom me, SSE., but not above a league and a half from the shore. By m_bservation it appeared plainly to be an English ship, and the boat appeare_o be an English long-boat.
I cannot express the confusion I was in, though the joy of seeing a ship, an_ne that I had reason to believe was manned by my own countrymen, an_onsequently friends, was such as I cannot describe; but yet I had some secre_oubts hung about me - I cannot tell from whence they came - bidding me kee_pon my guard. In the first place, it occurred to me to consider what busines_n English ship could have in that part of the world, since it was not the wa_o or from any part of the world where the English had any traffic; and I kne_here had been no storms to drive them in there in distress; and that if the_ere really English it was most probable that they were here upon no goo_esign; and that I had better continue as I was than fall into the hands o_hieves and murderers.
Let no man despise the secret hints and notices of danger which sometimes ar_iven him when he may think there is no possibility of its being real. Tha_uch hints and notices are given us I believe few that have made an_bservation of things can deny; that they are certain discoveries of a_nvisible world, and a converse of spirits, we cannot doubt; and if th_endency of them seems to be to warn us of danger, why should we not suppos_hey are from some friendly agent (whether supreme, or inferior an_ubordinate, is not the question), and that they are given for our good?
The present question abundantly confirms me in the justice of this reasoning;
for had I not been made cautious by this secret admonition, come it fro_hence it will, I had been done inevitably, and in a far worse condition tha_efore, as you will see presently. I had not kept myself long in this postur_ill I saw the boat draw near the shore, as if they looked for a creek t_hrust in at, for the convenience of landing; however, as they did not com_uite far enough, they did not see the little inlet where I formerly landed m_afts, but ran their boat on shore upon the beach, at about half a mile fro_e, which was very happy for me; for otherwise they would have landed just a_y door, as I may say, and would soon have beaten me out of my castle, an_erhaps have plundered me of all I had. When they were on shore I was full_atisfied they were Englishmen, at least most of them; one or two I though_ere Dutch, but it did not prove so; there were in all eleven men, whereo_hree of them I found were unarmed and, as I thought, bound; and when th_irst four or five of them were jumped on shore, they took those three out o_he boat as prisoners: one of the three I could perceive using the mos_assionate gestures of entreaty, affliction, and despair, even to a kind o_xtravagance; the other two, I could perceive, lifted up their hand_ometimes, and appeared concerned indeed, but not to such a degree as th_irst. I was perfectly confounded at the sight, and knew not what the meanin_f it should be. Friday called out to me in English, as well as he could, “_aster! you see English mans eat prisoner as well as savage mans.” “Why,
Friday,” says I, “do you think they are going to eat them, then?” “Yes,” say_riday, “they will eat them.” “No no,” says I, “Friday; I am afraid they wil_urder them, indeed; but you may be sure they will not eat them.”
All this while I had no thought of what the matter really was, but stoo_rembling with the horror of the sight, expecting every moment when the thre_risoners should be killed; nay, once I saw one of the villains lift up hi_rm with a great cutlass, as the seamen call it, or sword, to strike one o_he poor men; and I expected to see him fall every moment; at which all th_lood in my body seemed to run chill in my veins. I wished heartily now fo_he Spaniard, and the savage that had gone with him, or that I had any way t_ave come undiscovered within shot of them, that I might have secured th_hree men, for I saw no firearms they had among them; but it fell out to m_ind another way. After I had observed the outrageous usage of the three me_y the insolent seamen, I observed the fellows run scattering about th_sland, as if they wanted to see the country. I observed that the three othe_en had liberty to go also where they pleased; but they sat down all thre_pon the ground, very pensive, and looked like men in despair. This put me i_ind of the first time when I came on shore, and began to look about me; how _ave myself over for lost; how wildly I looked round me; what dreadfu_pprehensions I had; and how I lodged in the tree all night for fear of bein_evoured by wild beasts. As I knew nothing that night of the supply I was t_eceive by the providential driving of the ship nearer the land by the storm_nd tide, by which I have since been so long nourished and supported; so thes_hree poor desolate men knew nothing how certain of deliverance and suppl_hey were, how near it was to them, and how effectually and really they wer_n a condition of safety, at the same time that they thought themselves los_nd their case desperate. So little do we see before us in the world, and s_uch reason have we to depend cheerfully upon the great Maker of the world,
that He does not leave His creatures so absolutely destitute, but that in th_orst circumstances they have always something to be thankful for, an_ometimes are nearer deliverance than they imagine; nay, are even brought t_heir deliverance by the means by which they seem to be brought to thei_estruction.
It was just at high-water when these people came on shore; and while the_ambled about to see what kind of a place they were in, they had carelessl_tayed till the tide was spent, and the water was ebbed considerably away,
leaving their boat aground. They had left two men in the boat, who, as I foun_fterwards, having drunk a little too much brandy, fell asleep; however, on_f them waking a little sooner than the other and finding the boat too fas_ground for him to stir it, hallooed out for the rest, who were stragglin_bout: upon which they all soon came to the boat: but it was past all thei_trength to launch her, the boat being very heavy, and the shore on that sid_eing a soft oozy sand, almost like a quicksand. In this condition, like tru_eamen, who are, perhaps, the least of all mankind given to forethought, the_ave it over, and away they strolled about the country again; and I heard on_f them say aloud to another, calling them off from the boat, “Why, let he_lone, Jack, can't you? she'll float next tide;” by which I was full_onfirmed in the main inquiry of what countrymen they were. All this while _ept myself very close, not once daring to stir out of my castle any farthe_han to my place of observation near the top of the hill: and very glad I wa_o think how well it was fortified. I knew it was no less than ten hour_efore the boat could float again, and by that time it would be dark, and _ight be at more liberty to see their motions, and to hear their discourse, i_hey had any. In the meantime I fitted myself up for a battle as before,
though with more caution, knowing I had to do with another kind of enemy tha_ had at first. I ordered Friday also, whom I had made an excellent marksma_ith his gun, to load himself with arms. I took myself two fowling-pieces, an_ gave him three muskets. My figure, indeed, was very fierce; I had m_ormidable goat-skin coat on, with the great cap I have mentioned, a nake_word by my side, two pistols in my belt, and a gun upon each shoulder.
It was my design, as I said above, not to have made any attempt till it wa_ark; but about two o'clock, being the heat of the day, I found that they wer_ll gone straggling into the woods, and, as I thought, laid down to sleep. Th_hree poor distressed men, too anxious for their condition to get any sleep,
had, however, sat down under the shelter of a great tree, at about a quarte_f a mile from me, and, as I thought, out of sight of any of the rest. Upo_his I resolved to discover myself to them, and learn something of thei_ondition; immediately I marched as above, my man Friday at a good distanc_ehind me, as formidable for his arms as I, but not making quite so staring _pectre-like figure as I did. I came as near them undiscovered as I could, an_hen, before any of them saw me, I called aloud to them in Spanish, “What ar_e, gentlemen?” They started up at the noise, but were ten times mor_onfounded when they saw me, and the uncouth figure that I made. They made n_nswer at all, but I thought I perceived them just going to fly from me, whe_ spoke to them in English. “Gentlemen,” said I, “do not be surprised at me;
perhaps you may have a friend near when you did not expect it.” “He must b_ent directly from heaven then,” said one of them very gravely to me, an_ulling off his hat at the same time to me; “for our condition is past th_elp of man.” “All help is from heaven, sir,” said I, “but can you put _tranger in the way to help you? for you seem to be in some great distress. _aw you when you landed; and when you seemed to make application to the brute_hat came with you, I saw one of them lift up his sword to kill you.”
The poor man, with tears running down his face, and trembling, looking lik_ne astonished, returned, “Am I talking to God or man? Is it a real man or a_ngel?” “Be in no fear about that, sir,” said I; “if God had sent an angel t_elieve you, he would have come better clothed, and armed after another manne_han you see me; pray lay aside your fears; I am a man, an Englishman, an_isposed to assist you; you see I have one servant only; we have arms an_mmunition; tell us freely, can we serve you? What is your case?” “Our case,
sir,” said he, “is too long to tell you while our murderers are so near us;
but, in short, sir, I was commander of that ship - my men have mutinie_gainst me; they have been hardly prevailed on not to murder me, and, at last,
have set me on shore in this desolate place, with these two men with me - on_y mate, the other a passenger - where we expected to perish, believing th_lace to be uninhabited, and know not yet what to think of it.” “Where ar_hese brutes, your enemies?” said I; “do you know where they are gone? Ther_hey lie, sir,” said he, pointing to a thicket of trees; “my heart tremble_or fear they have seen us and heard you speak; if they have, they wil_ertainly murder us all.” “Have they any firearms?” said I. He answered, “The_ad only two pieces, one of which they left in the boat.” “Well, then,” sai_, “leave the rest to me; I see they are all asleep; it is an easy thing t_ill them all; but shall we rather take them prisoners?” He told me there wer_wo desperate villains among them that it was scarce safe to show any merc_o; but if they were secured, he believed all the rest would return to thei_uty. I asked him which they were. He told me he could not at that distanc_istinguish them, but he would obey my orders in anything I would direct.
“Well,” says I, “let us retreat out of their view or hearing, lest they awake,
and we will resolve further.” So they willingly went back with me, till th_oods covered us from them.
“Look you, sir,” said I, “if I venture upon your deliverance, are you willin_o make two conditions with me?” He anticipated my proposals by telling m_hat both he and the ship, if recovered, should be wholly directed an_ommanded by me in everything; and if the ship was not recovered, he woul_ive and die with me in what part of the world soever I would send him; an_he two other men said the same. “Well,” says I, “my conditions are but two;
first, that while you stay in this island with me, you will not pretend to an_uthority here; and if I put arms in your hands, you will, upon all occasions,
give them up to me, and do no prejudice to me or mine upon this island, and i_he meantime be governed by my orders; secondly, that if the ship is or may b_ecovered, you will carry me and my man to England passage free.”
He gave me all the assurances that the invention or faith of man could devis_hat he would comply with these most reasonable demands, and besides would ow_is life to me, and acknowledge it upon all occasions as long as he lived.
“Well, then,” said I, “here are three muskets for you, with powder and ball;
tell me next what you think is proper to be done.” He showed all th_estimonies of his gratitude that he was able, but offered to be wholly guide_y me. I told him I thought it was very hard venturing anything; but the bes_ethod I could think of was to fire on them at once as they lay, and if an_ere not killed at the first volley, and offered to submit, we might sav_hem, and so put it wholly upon God's providence to direct the shot. He said,
very modestly, that he was loath to kill them if he could help it; but tha_hose two were incorrigible villains, and had been the authors of all th_utiny in the ship, and if they escaped, we should be undone still, for the_ould go on board and bring the whole ship's company, and destroy us all.
“Well, then,” says I, “necessity legitimates my advice, for it is the only wa_o save our lives.” However, seeing him still cautious of shedding blood, _old him they should go themselves, and manage as they found convenient.
In the middle of this discourse we heard some of them awake, and soon after w_aw two of them on their feet. I asked him if either of them were the heads o_he mutiny? He said, “No.” “Well, then,” said I, “you may let them escape; an_rovidence seems to have awakened them on purpose to save themselves. Now,”
says I, “if the rest escape you, it is your fault.” Animated with this, h_ook the musket I had given him in his hand, and a pistol in his belt, and hi_wo comrades with him, with each a piece in his hand; the two men who wer_ith him going first made some noise, at which one of the seamen who was awak_urned about, and seeing them coming, cried out to the rest; but was too lat_hen, for the moment he cried out they fired - I mean the two men, the captai_isely reserving his own piece. They had so well aimed their shot at the me_hey knew, that one of them was killed on the spot, and the other very muc_ounded; but not being dead, he started up on his feet, and called eagerly fo_elp to the other; but the captain stepping to him, told him it was too lat_o cry for help, he should call upon God to forgive his villainy, and wit_hat word knocked him down with the stock of his musket, so that he neve_poke more; there were three more in the company, and one of them was slightl_ounded. By this time I was come; and when they saw their danger, and that i_as in vain to resist, they begged for mercy. The captain told them he woul_pare their lives if they would give him an assurance of their abhorrence o_he treachery they had been guilty of, and would swear to be faithful to hi_n recovering the ship, and afterwards in carrying her back to Jamaica, fro_hence they came. They gave him all the protestations of their sincerity tha_ould be desired; and he was willing to believe them, and spare their lives,
which I was not against, only that I obliged him to keep them bound hand an_oot while they were on the island.
While this was doing, I sent Friday with the captain's mate to the boat wit_rders to secure her, and bring away the oars and sails, which they did; an_y-and-by three straggling men, that were (happily for them) parted from th_est, came back upon hearing the guns fired; and seeing the captain, who wa_efore their prisoner, now their conqueror, they submitted to be bound also;
and so our victory was complete.
It now remained that the captain and I should inquire into one another'_ircumstances. I began first, and told him my whole history, which he hear_ith an attention even to amazement - and particularly at the wonderful manne_f my being furnished with provisions and ammunition; and, indeed, as my stor_s a whole collection of wonders, it affected him deeply. But when h_eflected from thence upon himself, and how I seemed to have been preserve_here on purpose to save his life, the tears ran down his face, and he coul_ot speak a word more. After this communication was at an end, I carried hi_nd his two men into my apartment, leading them in just where I came out, viz.
at the top of the house, where I refreshed them with such provisions as I had,
and showed them all the contrivances I had made during my long, lon_nhabiting that place.
All I showed them, all I said to them, was perfectly amazing; but above all,
the captain admired my fortification, and how perfectly I had concealed m_etreat with a grove of trees, which having been now planted nearly twent_ears, and the trees growing much faster than in England, was become a littl_ood, so thick that it was impassable in any part of it but at that one sid_here I had reserved my little winding passage into it. I told him this was m_astle and my residence, but that I had a seat in the country, as most prince_ave, whither I could retreat upon occasion, and I would show him that to_nother time; but at present our business was to consider how to recover th_hip. He agreed with me as to that, but told me he was perfectly at a los_hat measures to take, for that there were still six-and-twenty hands o_oard, who, having entered into a cursed conspiracy, by which they had al_orfeited their lives to the law, would be hardened in it now by desperation,
and would carry it on, knowing that if they were subdued they would be brough_o the gallows as soon as they came to England, or to any of the Englis_olonies, and that, therefore, there would be no attacking them with so smal_ number as we were.
I mused for some time on what he had said, and found it was a very rationa_onclusion, and that therefore something was to be resolved on speedily, a_ell to draw the men on board into some snare for their surprise as to preven_heir landing upon us, and destroying us. Upon this, it presently occurred t_e that in a little while the ship's crew, wondering what was become of thei_omrades and of the boat, would certainly come on shore in their other boat t_ook for them, and that then, perhaps, they might come armed, and be to_trong for us: this he allowed to be rational. Upon this, I told him the firs_hing we had to do was to stave the boat which lay upon the beach, so tha_hey might not carry her of, and taking everything out of her, leave her s_ar useless as not to be fit to swim. Accordingly, we went on board, took th_rms which were left on board out of her, and whatever else we found there -
which was a bottle of brandy, and another of rum, a few biscuit-cakes, a hor_f powder, and a great lump of sugar in a piece of canvas (the sugar was fiv_r six pounds): all which was very welcome to me, especially the brandy an_ugar, of which I had had none left for many years.
When we had carried all these things on shore (the oars, mast, sail, an_udder of the boat were carried away before), we knocked a great hole in he_ottom, that if they had come strong enough to master us, yet they could no_arry off the boat. Indeed, it was not much in my thoughts that we could b_ble to recover the ship; but my view was, that if they went away without th_oat, I did not much question to make her again fit to carry as to the Leewar_slands, and call upon our friends the Spaniards in my way, for I had the_till in my thoughts.