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much farther, fix Indians were fent back to the place of our late abode, who collected a little more plunder, and destroyed fome other effects that had been left behind, but they did not return antil the day was fo far spent that it was judged best to continue where we were through the night.

•11. Early the next morning we fet off for Canada, anel continaed our march eight days successively, until we had reached the place where the Indians had lefi their canoes, about fifteen miles from Crown - Point. This was a long and tedious march; but the captives, by divine afliftance, were enabled to endure it with less trouble and difficulty than they had reason to exped.

12. From such favage mafters, in fuch indigent circumstances, we could out rationally hope for kirder treatment than we received, Some of us, it is crue, had a harder lot than others; and, among the children, I thought my fon Squire had the hardest of

any. 13. He was then only four years old, and when we ftopped to reft our weary limbs, and he sat down on his mafter's pack, the favage monster would often knock him off : aná sometimes too with the handle of his hatchet.

Several ugly maiks, indented iu his head by the eruel Indians, at that under age, are still pl zinly to be seen.

14. At length we arrived at Crown Point, and took up qur quarters there, for the space of near a week. In the mean time, some of the Indians went to Moutreal, and took several of the weary cap:ires along with them, with a view of selling them to the French. They did not succeed however in finding a parket for any of them.

15. They gave my youngest daughter to the governor, e Vaudreuil, bad a drunken frolic, and returned again to rown Points with the rest of their prisoners. From hence te set off for.St. John's, in four or five canoes, just as night was coming on, and were foon surrounded with darknefs.

16. A heavy storm-hung over vs. The sound of the rollng thunder

er was very terrible upon the waters, which at every Sain of expansive lightning leemed to be all in a blaze. Yet to this we were indebted for all the light we enjoyed. No object could we discern any longer than the flashes laited,

17. In this poslure we failed in our open, tottering canoes, atmoft the whole of that dreary night. The morning in

deed had not yet begun to dawn, when we all went afhore ; and having collected a heap of fand and gravel for a pillow, I Jaid myself down, with my tender infant by my fide, not knowing where any of my other children were, or what a miserable condition they might be in.

18. The next day, however, under the wing of that ever present and all-powerful Providence, which had preserved us through the darknefs and imminent dangers of the preced, ing night, we al arrived in fafety at St. John's.

19. Our next movement was to St. Franenis, the mecropolis, if I may so call it, to which the Indians, whe led us captive, belonging. Soon after 'our arrival at that wretched capital, a council confifting of the chief Sasheni, and some principal warriors of the St. Francais tribe was convened: and after the ceremonies vfual on ? fucb occafion were over, I was conducted and delivered to an old squaw, whoin the Indians told me I must call my, mother.

20. My Infant ftill continued to be the property of i13 original Indian owners. I was nevertheless permitted to keep it a little while longer, for the fake of saving them the trouble of looking after it. When the weather began to grow cold; shuddering at the prospect of approaching winter, I acquainted my new mother, that I did not think it would be possible for me to endure it, if I must spend it with Wher, and fare as the Indians did...

21. Liftening to my repeated and earnest folicitations, that I might be difpofed of anong fonie of the Frencia inhabitants of Canada, Ne at length fet off with me and my infants attended by some mule Indians, upon a journey to Montreal, in hopes of finding a market for me there. But the attempt proved unsuccessful, and the journey tedi. ous indeed.

23. Qur provision was so scanty as well as insipid and ansa vory ; the weather was fo cold, and the travelling from very bad, that it often feemned as it I must have perished on

the way.

23. While we were at Montreal, we went into the houle of a certain French .gentleman, whose lady being kut for, and coming into the room where I was, to ex. amine me, feeing I had an infaat, exclaimed with an



oatk, ko I will not buy a woman who has a child to look after."

24. There was a {w'll-pail ftanding near me, in which I observed fome crusts and crembs of bread: swimming. on the surface of the greasy liquor it contained. Sorely pinched with hunger, 1 skimmed them off with my hands, and ate them; and this was all the refreshment which the house afforded me. :

25. Somewhere in the course of this visit to Montreal, my Indian mother was so unfortunate as to catch the fmall-pox, of which diftemper the died, feen after our return, which was by water, to St. Francois.

And now came on the season when the Indians began to prepare for a winter's hunt.

26. I was ordered to reterý my poor child to thofe of that whe still claimed it as their property. This was a fevere trial. The babe clung to my befom with all its-might; but I was obliged to pluck it thenice, ard deliver it, Prieking and screaming enough to penetrate a heart of stone, into the hands of thofe unfetling wretches, whose te nder mercies may be termrd cruel.

27. It was foon carried off by a hunting party of thote Indians, to a place called Melliskow, at the lower end of Lake Champlain, whither, in abeut a month after; it was my fortune to follow them. And here I found it, it is true, but in a condition that afforded me no great fatisfaction: it bc. ing greatly emaciated, and almoft starved,

28. I took it in my arms, put its face to mine, and it in. ftantly bit me with such violence, that it seemed as if I must have hirted with a piece of my cheek. I was permitted to lodge with it that, and the two following nights; but every morning that intervened, the Indians, I fuppefe on parpose to torment me, fént me away to another wigwam, which stood at a little distance, though not fo far from the one in which my diftreffed infant was conftid, but that I could plainly hear its inceffant cries, and heart rending lamentations.

29. In this deplorable condition I was obliged to take my beave of it on the morning of the third day after my arrival at the place. We moved down the lake several miles the fame day; and' tlie right following was remarkable on atë count of the great earthquake which terribly took that bowling wilderness.

30. Among the Ilands bereabouts, we spent the winter season, often fhifring our quarters, and roving about from one place to another; our family confifting of three persons only, besides myself, viz. my late mother's daugh. ter, whom I therefore called my sister, her fanhop, and a · pappoofe,

31. They once left me alone two difmal nights; and when they returned to me again, perceiving them fmile at each other, I asked what was the matter? They replied, ; that two of my children were no more. One of which they

faid, died a natural death, and the other was knocked on the head.

**32. I did not utter many words, but my heart was forely. pained within me, and my mind exceedingly troubled with . strange and awful ideas. I often imagined, for instance, that I plainly saw the naked carcases of my deceased chile dren hanging upon the limbs of the trees, as the Indians are wont to hang the saw hides of those beasts which they take in hunting

33. It was not long, however, before it was so ordered by kind Providence, that I [hould be relieved-ima good mea.” sure from those horrid imaginations ; for as I was walking one day upon the ice, observing a fmoke at some distance upon the land, it must proceed, thought I, from the fire of fome Indian but ; and who knows but some one of my poor : children may be there.

34. My curiosity, thus excited, led ne to the place, and there I found my fon Caleb, a little boy between two and three years old, whoin I had lately buried, in sentiment at kaft; or rather imagined to have been deprived of life, and perhaps alss denied a decent grave:

35. I found him. like wife in tolerable health and cire cumftances; under the protection of a fond Indian moth er; and moreover had the happiness of lodging with him in my arms ope joyfol night. Again“ we shifted our quarters and when we had travelled eight or ten miles ápon the frow and ice, came to a place where the Indians manufactured sugar which they extracted from the mapke trees. ** 36. Here an Indian came to, vifit us, whom I knew,

who could speak English. He asked me why I did tot go to see my fon Squire. ' I replied that I had late

Jy been informed that he was dead. He assured me that he was yet alive, and but two or three miles off, on the oppofi e kde of the Lake.

- 37: At my request, he gave me the best directions he eoukl to the place of his abode. I resolved to embrace he first opportunity that offered of endeavoring to fearch it out.

While I was busy in contrmplating this affair, the Indiars obtained a little bread, of which they gave me a Small share.

38. I did not taste a morfel' of it myself, but faved it all for

my poor child, if I lovld be folucky as to find him. At length having cbtained of my keepers leave to be abfent for one day, I fet off early in the morning, and steering as well as I could, according to the directions which the friendly Indian had given me, I quickly found thie place which he had fo accurately amarked out.

39 ) beheld, as I drew nigh, my little fon without the taimp, but he looked, thought I, like a sarved and mangy puppy, that had had been wallowing in the ashes. I took him in my arms, and he spoke to me the words, in the Indian tongue, “ Mother are you come ?".

40. I took him in the wigwam with me, and observing a number of Indian children in it, I distributed all the bread which I had referved for my owr. childi anorg them all, other wife I should have given great cffence.

41. My little boy appeared to be very fond of his new mother, kept as near me as poffible while I Aayed, and when I told him I must go, he fell as though he had been keocked down with a club.

42. But having recommended him to the care of him who made him, when the day was far fpent, and the time would perint me to say no longer, I departed, you may well fuppose with a heavy load at my heart. The tid. ings I had received of the death of my younge ft child had a little before been confirmed to me beyond a doubt, but I could not mourn fo beartily for the deceafed, as for the living child.

43. When the winter broke up we removed to Se. John's, and through the enfuing summer, our principal residence was, at no geat distance from the fort at that place. In the' mern time, however, my fister's hufband having been dat with a sconting party to be able

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