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thou be as one of us, if thy soul were as the I did not fly in battle, and in age, the tribes soul of little men? He only is worthy to lift the listened while I spake. If I live in another hatchet with the Cherokees, to whom shame is land after death, I shall remember these things more intolerable than the stab of the knife, or with pleasure ; if the present is our only life, the burning of the fire.'
to have done thus is to have used it well. You have sometimes told me of your countrymen's
account of a land of souls; but you were a CHAP. XIX.
young man when you came among us, and the
cunning among them may have deceived you; A continuation of the Stranger's Story. for the children of the French king call them
selves after the same God that the English do; “ In this society I lived till about a year and yet their discourses concerning him cannot be a half ago ; and it may seem extraordinary to true, because they are opposite one to another. declare, yet it is certainly true, that, during the Each says, that God shall burn the others with life of the old man who had adopted me, even fire ; which could not happen if both were his had there been no legal restraint on my return children. Besides, neither of them act as the to my native country, scarce any inducement sons of Truth, but as the sons of Deceit; they could have tempted me to leave the nation to say their God heareth all things, yet do they which he belonged, except perhaps the desire break the promises which they have called upon of revisiting a parent, and a sister, whom I had him to hear ; but we know that the spirit withleft in England sunk beneath that ignominy, in us listeneth, and what we have said in its which the son and the brother had drawn on hearing, that we do. If in another country the his guiltless connections. When we consider soul liveth, this witness shall live with it; whom the perfect freedom subsisting in this rude and it hath here reproached, it shall there disquiet ; simple state of society, where rule is only ac- whom it hath here honoured, it shall there reknowledged for the purpose of immediate utili- ward. Live, therefore, my son, as your father ty to those who obey, and ceases whenever that hath lived ; and die as he dieth, fearless of purpose of subordination is accomplished; where death.' greatness cannot use oppression, nor wealth ex- “With such sentiments the old man resigned cite envy; where the desires are native to the his breath ; and I blushed for the life of Chrisheart, and the languor of satiety is unknown; tians, while I heard them. where, if there is no refined sensation of de- “I was now become an independent member light, there is also no ideal source of calamity; of the community; and my behaviour had been we shall the less wonder at the inhabitants feel- such, that I succeeded to the condition of my ing no regret for the want of those delicate father, with the respect of a people amongst pleasures of which a more polished people is whom honour is attainable only by merit. But possessed. Certain it is, that I am far from his death had dissolved that tie which grati. being a single instance of one, who had even tude, and indeed affection for the old man, had attained maturity in Europe, and yet found his on my heart; and the scene of his death namind so accommodated, by the habit of a few turally awakened in me the remembrance of a years, to Indian manners, as to leave that coun- father in England, whose age might now be try with regret. The death of my parent by helpless, and call for the aid of a long-lost son adoption loosened, indeed, my attachment to it; to solace and support it. This idea, once roused, that event happened a short time before my de- became every day more powerful, and at last I parture from America.
resolved to communicate it to the tribe, and tell “ The composure with which the old man them my purpose of returning home. met his dissolution, would have done honour to They heard me without surprise or emothe firmest philosopher of antiquity. When he tion; as indeed it is their great characteristic found himself near his end, he called me to not to be easily awakened to either. “You rehim, to deliver some final instructions respect- turn,' said one of the elders, ' to a people who ing my carriage to his countrymen; he obser- sell affection to their brethren for money ; take ved, at the close of his discourse, that I retain- therefore with you some of the commodities ed so much of the European, as to shed some which their traders value. Strength, agility, and tears while he delivered it.— In those tears,' fortitude, are sufficient to us ; but with them said he, "
there is no wisdom, for there is no they are of little use; and he who possesses use; I have heard that, in your country, men wealth having no need of virtue, among the prepare for death, by thinking on it while they wealthy it will not be found. The last your live; this also is folly, because it loses the good, father taught you, and amongst us you have by anticipating the evil: we do otherwise, my practised ; the first he had not to leave, nor son, as our fathers have better instructed us, have we to bestow; but take as many beaverand take from the evil by reflecting on the skins as you can carry on your journey, that it good. I have lived a thousand moons, without may reach that parent whom, you tell us, you captivity, and without disgrace; in my youth
go to cherish.'
“ I returned thanks to the old man for his that to an offer of purchasing my beaver-skins. counsel, and to the whole tribe for their kind. These things, I wasinformed by my courteousenness; and having, according to his advice, ta- tertainer, had fallen so much in their price of late, ken a few of the furs they offered me, I re- that the traders could hardly defray their joursumed the tattered remains of the European ney in procuring them; that himself had lost dress which I had on when I escaped from the by some late bargains in that way; but that, to fort, and took the nearest road to one of our oblige a stranger, the singularity of whose advenback-settlements, which I reached, without any tures had interested him in his behalf, he would accident, by the assistance of an Indian, who give me the highest price at which he had heard had long shewn a particular attachment to me, of their being sold for a long time past. This I and who now attended me on my way. 'Yon- accepted without hesitation, as I had neither lander smoke,' said my conductor, ' rises from the guage nor inclination for haggling; and having dwellings of your countrymen. You now re- procured as much money by the bargain as, I turn to a world which I have heard you describe imagined, would more than carry me to a seaas full of calamity; but the soul you possess is port, I proceeded on my journey, accompanied by the soul of a man; remember, that to fortitude an inhabitant of Williamsburg, who was returnthere is no sting in adversity, and in death no evil ed from an annual visit to a settlement on the to the valiant.
back-frontiers, which he had purchased in part“When he left me, I stood for some minutes, nership with another, who constantly resided looking back, on one hand, to the wilds I had upon it. He seemed to be naturally of an inpassed, and on the other, to the scenes of cul- quisitive disposition; and having learned from tivation which European industry had formed; my former landlord, that I had lived several and it may surprise you to hear, that though years with the Indians, tormented me all the there wanted not some rekindling attachment while our journey lasted, with interrogatories to a people amongst whom my first breath had · concerning their country and manners. But as been drawn, and my youth spent, yet my ima- he was less opinionative of his own knowledge gination drew, on this side, fraud, hypocrisy, in the matter than my last English acquaintand sordid baseness ; while on that seemed to ance, I was the more easily prevailed on to sapreside honesty, truth, and savage nobleness of tisfy his curiosity, though at the expence of a soul.
greater number of words than I could conve“When I appeared at the door of one of the niently spare; and, at last, he made himself houses in the settlement that was nearest me, entirely master of my story, from the time of I was immediately accosted by its master, who, my leaving the regiment in which I had served, judging from the bundle of furs which I car- down to the day on which I delivered my reried, that I had been trading among the In- cital. When I mentioned my having sold my beadians, asked me, with much kindness, to take ver-skins for a certain sum, he started aside, and up my lodging with him. Of this offer I was then lifting up his eyes in an ejaculatory manvery glad to accept, though I found a scarcity ner, expressed his astonishment how a Christian of words to thank my countryman for his fa- could be guilty of such monstrous dishonesty, vour; as, from want of use, my remembrance which, he said, was no better than one would of the English language had been so much ef- have expected in a Savage ; for that my skins faced, as not only to repress fluency, but even were worth at least three times the money. I to prevent an ordinary command of expression ; smiled at his notions of comparative morality, and I was more especially at a loss for ceremo and bore the intelligence with a calmness that nious phraseology, that department of language seemed to move his admiration. He thanked being unknown in the country whence I was God that all were not so ready to take advanjust returned. My landlord was not a little tage of ignorance or misfortune; and, cordially astonished, when I could at last make shift to grasping my hand, begged me to make his house inform him of my having passed so many years at Williamsburg my own, till such time as I among the Indians. He asked a thousand ques- could procure my passage to England.” tions about customs which never existed, and told me of a multitude of things, of which all the time I had lived in that country, I had
CHAP. XX. never dreamed the possibility. Indeed, from the superiority of his expression, joined to that Conclusion of the Stranger's Story. fund of supposed knowledge which it served to communicate, a bystander would have been led “Pursuant to this friendly invitation, I acto imagine, that he was describing, to some ig- companied him to his house on our arrival in norant guest, a country with whose manners he that place. For some days my landlord be had been long conversant, and among whose in- haved to me in the most friendly manner, and habitants he had passed the greatest part of his furnished me, of his own accord, with linen life. At length, however, his discourse centered and wearing apparel ; several articles of which, upon the fur-trade, and naturally glided from though necessaries in the polished society of those amongst whom I now resided, my ideas of they, the French are the politest enemies in the Indian simplicity made me consider superfluous. world, and, till we are exchanged, will treat us
“ During this time I frequently attended with that civil demeanour, so peculiar to their him at his store, while he was receiving con- nation. We are not (addressing themselves to signments of goods, and assisted him and his me) among Savages, as you were.—How it faservants in the disposal and assortment of them. red with them, I know not; I and other infeAt first he received this assistance as a favour; rior members of the crew were thrust into a but I could observe, that he soon began to look dungeon, dark, damp, and loathsome; where, upon it as a matter of right, and called me to from the number confined in it, and the want bear a hand, as he termed it, in a manner ra- of proper circulation, the air became putrid to ther too peremptory for my pride to submit the most horrible degree; and the allowance to. At last, when he ventured to tax me with for our provision was not equal to twopence a some office of menial servility, I told him I did day. To hard living I could well enough subpot consider myself his dependant any farther mit, who had been frequently accustomed, than gratitude for his favours demanded, and among the Cherokees, to subsist, three or four refused to perform it. Upon which he let me days, on a stalk of Indian corn, moistened in know, that he looked upon me as his servant, the first brook I lighted on; but the want of and that, if I did not immediately obey his air and exercise I could not so easily endure. I command, he would find a way to be revenged lost the use of my limbs, and lay motionless on of me. This declaration heightened my resent- my back, in a corner of the hole we were conment, and confirmed my refusal. I desired fined in, covered with vermin, and supported, him to give me an account of what money he in that wretched state, only by the infrequent had expended, in those articles with which he humanity of some sailor, who crammed my had supplied me, that I might pay him out of mouth with a bit of his brown bread softened the small sum I had in my possession, and, if in stinking water. The natural vigour of my that was not sufficient, I would rather sell my constitution, however, bore up against this comnew habiliments, and return to my rags, than plicated misery, till, upon the conclusion of the be indebted for a farthing to his generosity. peace, we regained our freedom. But when I He answered, that he would clear accounts with was set at liberty, I had not strength to enjoy me by and by. He did so, by making oath be- it; and after my companions were gone,' was fore a magistrate, that I was a deserter from his obliged to crawl several weeks about the streets Majesty's service, and, according to my own of Brest, where the charity of some well-dispoconfession, had associated with the savages, sed Frenchmen bestowed now and then a trifle enemies of the province. As I could deny nei- upon the pauvre suurage, as I was called, till I ther of those charges, I was thrown into prison, recovered the exercise of my limbs, and was where I should have been in danger of starving, able to work my passage in a Dutch merchant had not the curiosity of some of the townsfolks ship bound for England. The mate of this induced them to visit me, when they common- vessel happened to be a Scotchman, who hearly contributed some trifle towards my support; ing me speak the language of Britain, and hatill at length, partly, I suppose, from the abate- ving inquired into the particulars of my story, ment of my accuser's anger, and partly from humanely attached himself to my service, and the flagrancy of detaining me in prison without made my situation much more comfortable than any provision for my maintenance, I was suf- any I had for some time experienced. We fered to be enlarged ; and a vessel being then sailed from Brest with a fair wind, but had not ready to sail for England, several of whose hands been long at sea till it shifted, and blew pretty had deserted her, the master agreed to take me fresh at east, so that we were kept for several on board for the consideration of my working days beating up the Channel; at the end of the voyage. For this indeed I was not in the which it increased to so violent a degree, that least qualified as to skill ; but my strength and it was impossible for us to hold a course, and perseverance made up, in some operations, for the ship was suffered to scud before the storm. the want of it.
At the close of the second day, the wind sud" As this was before the end of the war, the denly chopped about into a westerly point, ship in which I sailed happened to be taken by though without any abatement of its violence; a French privateer, who carried her into Brest. and very soon after day-break of the third, we This, to me, who had already anticipated my were driving on the south-west coast of Engarrival at home, to comfort the declining age of land, right to the leeward. The consternation a parent, was the most mortifying accident of of the crew became now so great, that if any any I had hitherto met with ; but the captain, expedient had remained to save us, it would and some passengers who were aboard of us, have scarce allowed them to put it in practice. seemed to make light of their misfortune. The The mate, who seemed to be the ablest sailor ship was insured, so that in property the own- on board, exhorted them at least to endeavour ers could suffer little ; as for ourselves, said running the ship into a bay, which opened a little on our starboard quarter, where the shore at me with a bludgeon, while another making was flat and sandy; comforting them with the up to my fellow-sufferer, would have beat out reflection, that they should be cast on friendly his brains with a stone, if I had not run up ground, and not among Savages. His advice nimbly behind him, and dashed it from his upand encouragement had the desired effect; and lifted hand. This man happened to be armed notwithstanding the perils with which I saw with a hanger, which he instantly drew, and myself surrounded, I looked with a gleam of made a furious stroke at my head. I parried satisfaction on the coast of my native land, his blow with my arm, and, at the same time, which for so many years I had not seen. Un- seizing his wrist, gave it so sudden a wrench, fortunately a ridge of rocks ran almost across that the weapon dropped to the ground. I in-. the basin into which, with infinite labour, we stantly possessed myself of it, and stood astride were directing our course; and the ship struck my companion with the aspect of an angry lionupon them, about the distance of half a league ess guarding her young from the hunter. The from the shore. All was now uproar and con- appearance of strength and fierceness which my fusion. The long-boat was launched by some figure exhibited, kept my enemies a little at of the crew, who, with the captain, got imme- bay, when fortunately we saw advancing a body diately into her, and brandishing their long of soldiers, headed by an officer, whom a genknives, threatened with instant death any one tleman of humanity in the neighbourhood had who should attempt to follow them, as she was prevailed on to march to the place for the prealready loaded beyond her burden. Indeed servation of any of the crew whom the storm there remained at this time in the ship only might spare, or any part of the cargo that might two sailors, the mate and myself; the first were chance to be thrown ashore. At sight of this washed overboard while they hung on the ship's detachment the crowd dispersed, and left me side attempting to leap into the boat, and we master of the field. The officer very humanely saw them no more; nor had their hard-hearted took charge of my companion and me, brought companions a better fate; they had scarcely us to his quarters in the neighbourhood, and rowed a cable’s length from the ship, when the accommodated me with these very clothes which boat overset, and every one on board her pe- I now have on. From him I learned, that those rished. There now remained only my friend Englishmen, who (as our mate, by way of comthe mate and I, who, consulting a moment to- fort observed) were not savages, had the idea gether, agreed to keep by the ship till she should transmitted them from their fathers, that all split, and endeavour to save ourselves on some wrecks became their property by the immediate broken plank which the storm might drive on hand of God; and as, in their apprehension, that shore. We had just time to come to this reso- denomination belonged only to ships from which lution, when, by the violence of a wave that there landed no living thing, their hostile enbroke over the ship, her main-mast went by deavours against the Scotchman's life and mine, the board, and we were swept off the deck at proceeded from a desire of bringing our vessel the same instant. My companion could not into that supposed condition. swim ; but I had been taught that art by my “ After having weathered so many disasters, Indian friends to the greatest degree of expert. I am at last arrived near the place of my natiness. I was therefore more uneasy about the vity. Fain would I hope, that a parent and a honest Scotchman's fate than my own; and sister, whose tender remembrance, mingled with quitting the mast, of which I had caught hold that of happier days, now rushes on my soul, on its fall, swam to the place where he first are yet alive to pardon the wanderings of my rose to the surface, and catching him by the youth, and receive me after those hardships to hair, held his head tolerably above water, till which its ungoverned passions have subjected he was able so far to recollect himself as to me. Like the prodigal son, I bring no worldly cling by a part of the shrouds of our floating wealth along with me; but I return with a main-mast, to which I bore him. In our pas- mind conscious of its former errors, and seeksage to the shore on this slender float, he was ing that peace which they destroyed. To have several times obliged to quit his hold, from his used prosperity well, is the first favourite lot of strength being exhausted; but I was always so Heaven; the next is his, whom adversity has fortunate as to be able to replace him in his not smitten in vain.” former situation, till at last we were thrown upon the beach near to the bottom of that bay at the mouth of which our ship had struck. I was
CHAP. XXI. not so much spent by my fatigue, but that I was able to draw the mate safe out of the wa- Bolton and his Companion meet with an uncomter, and advancing to a crowd of people, whom
mon Adventure. I saw assembled near us, began to entreat their assistance for him in very pathetic terms; when, When the stranger had finished his narrato my utter astonishment, one of them struck tion, Bolton expressed, in very strong terms,
his compassion for the hardships he had suffer- self !” Sindal started at the well-known voice,
“ If there is danger in your way," Sindall !" cried a woman, who now entered half-
is, it is Sir Thomas Sindall," said the landlady;
last Chapter. arms, imploring mercy of Sir Thomas, who was calling out in a furious tone, Damn
" I HAVE been a wicked woman; may God rascals; carry her to bed by force.”- :>“ Turn, and this lady forgive me! but heaven is my villain,” cried Harry, " turn and defend your- witness, that I was thus far on my way to con