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long, straight, and hard tree, to make a false keel; and to measure what he might want before he went, and bring away two or more trees, if needed, for the purpose required. This order was carried into effect without loss of time; the whole of the crew being employed, all that day, in hewing down the timber, and bringing it to the place where the schooner lay hove down, keel out.
This matter being arranged, I took Diego with me to the ship, to ransack the steerage for some more seamen's clothes, to rig our poor Bermudians; but we found little worth bringing away: so I determined to make free with some of our lost captain's commonest things, and by that means made up a couple of kits for our two new colonists. Diego put them into two of the empty chests I had before left in the steerage, and then as briskly conveying them to the punt, (for he delighted in the pleasure they would give,) he rowed round to the plantation, where I met him, and delivered them to Martin and Purdy, in the same way I had done to my shipwrecked friends. The poor fellows were very thankful, and assisted each other up with the chests to the plantation shed, their present habitation; where, as Diego afterwards told me, they overhauled them with great satisfaction.
As the opportunity was a good one, my dear wife and myself, followed only by our faithful little dog, (Mira being desired to stay with her mother,) made a visit to the cave, taking with us a basket of bruised corn. I unlocked the gate, and locked it again after me, taking Fidele in my arms; while my wife, holding the basket, strewed the corn to
our clamorous poultry. We then went into the cave, and I satisfied myself, by feeling the wall, that no one had disturbed it. The object of our coming being thus accomplished, we returned home, and sat down to dinner without our visitor, whose absence was to us a great relief.
The captain, however, made his appearance a little before sunset, in prime spirits; telling us that he had got two capital sticks, which they had cut on the opposite shore, and hoped he would now soon be ready for sea. "Are you driving for a market," said I; "or is it for a new freight, that you are so anxious to proceed on your voyage." "No," returned he; "but loss of time is loss of money. I am paid by the voyage, and not by the month: the vessel is my own; and I must make as much of her as I can." "And who does your cargo of cacao belong to?" said I. merchant Dwyer at Norfolk," he replied. "And what freight do you receive for that?"-"Oh! I am to have so much for the run out, and home.""Very well," returned I; "then you are not confined to time, so that you make the voyage in the end?" "Yes," he said, "I am confined to time, because every day's delay is time lost to me, which I might employ profitably if the voyage was finished."-"Now I understand you," I replied; "I see how it is. And since you have told me that the vessel is your own, no time shall be lost in repairing her for you. Every assistance shall be given to your men, and I will pay my people for doing it, as, perhaps, you are not very rich." He spoke in reply with some feeling on this, saying I
overpowered him with my generosity; that he had a wife and family; and though, besides the schooner, and the two thousand dollars he had with him, he owned a little farm, yet times were hard. He now seemed a little humanized; and we felt disposed to make every allowance to old habits, and neglected religious education, for his sordid manner of proceeding. I, however, dropped the subject nearest to our hearts for the present; and after he had taken his cigar, we mutually wished "Good night.”
When he was gone, I said to my Eliza, "You were right; money is this man's idol. I see we may take him to Jamaica if we please; but I will not start the project to him until the schooner is repaired and reloaded." From this time to the end of the week every thing went on orderly, and on Sunday the Sabbath was observed by the new comers with some appearance of devotion. The captain was in good humour, and after prayers he proposed rowing out into the sound, where he would amuse himself with making some observations on the course of the open channel. He did so; and having taken a compass, and a pencil and paper, with him, he noted such landmarks as kept it open. On his return he showed me the observations he had made, of which I gladly took a copy.
The false keel being quite ready on the following Monday, it was fixed the next day; and on Wednesday a new piece of plank, which I furnished, was put in, and all well caulked, and paid with our own oakum and pitch, before night. On Thursday they were embarking the cacao, which
was packed in bags of about a hundred weight each, called a fanega.
While sitting after dinner, as I helped my guest to a glass of wine, I said to him, "How long might it take a good sailing vessel to beat up from this place to Kingston?"-"I can't say," he replied; "I guess three weeks, over or under, as the trade wind might veer." "Well now, if it is a fair question," I rejoined, "what may you have for the run from Norfolk to Santa Martha, and back?”. "Why," said he, "six hundred dollars: it should be seven hundred, but then I made more than that by the black fellows I bought at St. Domingo, on my way; and I had need, for I shipped two extra hands on their account: four, and myself, are men enough for the schooner."-" Pray," continued I, "what time did you give yourself for the run, as you call it?"—"Why, I guess," said he, “about three months at most; but I shan't do it, now, within time.". "Well now," said I, "after all this, will you undertake to give me up your cabin, for my wife and myself, and some money, to be landed at Kingston; and wait there three days, to see whether I can meet with a small vessel to purchase, to bring me back here to save the brig and her cargo. And for this trip I would give you half the amount you would receive for three months' run." "That would be three hundred and fifty dollars, I reckon," he replied. "No," I said, "three hundred dollars." "I will think of it," answered he, “and let you know in the afternoon.” He then went away, and returned a little before
coffee time. "I have been thinking over your offer," said he, "and have a mind to take it; but I am afraid it would break my charter-party." My dear wife, who hitherto had preserved silence when he and I were discussing the subject, abruptly spoke, and with energy. "You seem to forget, said she, “that the Spaniard would have broken your charter-party, and reduced you and yours to beggary, if my brave and generous husband there had not saved you." On uttering this just reproof, she got up, and walked into the adjoining room. The fellow was struck dumb by this appeal. At length something recovering himself, he stammered out “Well, I think I shall run all risks to oblige you; for, as your wife says, it would have been all up with us, but for you and your people. So I will undertake to land you at Kingston, with any money you may take in the cabin, on the terms you propose; but we will have a written agreement, if you please."-"Certainly," said I; "two; one for you, and one for me. But, now, if I take one of my men with me, what will you charge for his passage ?" -"I don't know," returned he; "will ten dollars be too much?" "No," I replied; "I will pay it if he goes; and ten for a woman, if my wife chooses a female attendant." I now got pen, ink, and paper, and without delay wrote an agreement, which he copied, and we duly signed them both, he taking the one written by me, I the one written by him.