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47. After my Indian master had disposed of me in the
Englith settlements, had a drunken frolic at the fort when he returned.
*44. His wife, who never got drunk, but had often experienced the ill effects of her husband's intemperance, fearing what the confequences mighit prove, if he should come home in a morose and turbulent huin our, to avoid his infolence proposed that we should both retire, and keep out of the reach of it, until the storm abated.
45. We absconded accordingly; but so it happened, that I returned, and ventured into his presence, before his wife had presumed to come nigh him. I found him in his wigs wam and in a furly mood; and not being able to revenge
his wife, because the was not at home, he laid hold of nie, and hurried me to the fort; and, for a trifting confideration, fold me to a French gentleman, whose name was Saccapee.
46. It is an ill wind certainly that blows nobody any good. I had been with the Indians a year lacking fourteen Lays; and, if not for my sister, yet for me, it was a lucky circumstance indeed, which thus at" laft in an unexpected moment, snatched me out of their cruel hands, and placed me beyond the reach of their infolent power.
manier related above, and the mements of fober reflection Kad arrived, perceiving that the man who bought me had taken the advantage of him in ap unguarded hour, his refentment began to kindle, and his indignation rofe fo lrigh, that he threatened to kill me if he should meet me alone; or if he could not revenge himself thus, that he would let fire to the fort.
48. I was therefore secreted in an upper chamber, and the fort carefully guarded, uptil his wrath had time to cool. My service in the fainily to which I was advanced was pere fed freedom, in comparison with what it had been among the barbarous Indians.
749. My few master and mistress, were both as kind and generous towards me as I could reasonably expect. I feldom a ked a favour of euther of them, but it was readily
granted lo consequence of which I had it my power, in t, many instances, to adminifter aid and refrelh nent to the
pour arifnepsary own nation, who were brought inte
St. John's during my abode in the family of the above mentioned benevolent and hospitable Saccapee.
50. Yet even in this family, such trials awaited me as I had little reason to expect; but, stood in need of a large ftock of prudence, to enable me to encounter them. In this I was greatly assisted by the governor, and Col.-Schuyo ler, who was then a prisoner, 51.
I was moreover under unspeakable obligations to the governor on another account. l had received intelligence froni my daughter Mary, the purport of which was, that there was a prospect of her being shortly married to a young Indian of the tribe of St. Francois, with which tribe the had continued from the beginning of her captivity. Thefe were heavy tidings, and added greatly to the poignancy of my other afiliations.
52. However, not long after I heard this melancholy #ews, an opportunity presented of acquainting that humane and generous gentleman, the commander in chief, and iny illustrious benefactor, with this affair also, who in compar, fon for my sufferings, and to mitigate my forrows, iffudd lis orders in good time, and had my daughter taken away from the Indians, and conveyed to the fame nunnery where her sister was then lodged, with his express injunction, that they should both of them together be well looked after, and carefully educated, as his adopted children.
53. In this school of fuperftition and bigotry, they continued while the war in thofe days between France and Great-Britain laffed. At the conclusion of which war, the governor Went Tome to France, took my oldest daughter along with him, and married her there to a French'gentleman, whose name is Cron Lewis.
$4. He was at Boston with the fleet under Count de Estaing, (1778) and one of his clerks. My other daugh: ter. Itill continuing in the nunnery, a considerable time had clapsed after my return from captivity, when I made a jours key to Canada, refolving to use my beft endeavors not to return without her.
55. I arrived just in time to prevent her being fent to France.
She was to have gone in the next vessel that fail od for that place. And I found it extremely difficult to pro vail with her to quit the runnery and go home with me.
56. Yes, the absolutely refused; and all the xrfuafions and arguments I could use with her were to no effect, until after I had been to the governor, and obtained a letter from him to the foperintendant of the nuns, in which he threatnedy, it my daugher thould not be delivered immediately imago. my hands, or could not be prevailed with to fubmit to
y parental authority, that he would send a band of rola miers to adfint inc. in bringing her away.
57. But fo extremely bigoted was she to the customs and - redigion of the place, that after all the left it with the great
of reluctance and the inost bilter lamentations, which this . continuedi as we palled the streets, and wholly refused to be somforted. My good friend, Major Small, whom we met with on the way, tried all he could to console her; and was fo veix kind, and obliging as te bear us company, and carry my daughter behind him on korseback.
58. But I have run on a little before my story; for I have not yet informed
of the means and manners of my ewn. redemption ; to the accomplishing of which the recovery of my daughter just inentioned, and the ransoming of Some of my other children, several gentlemen of note contributed not a little ; to whose goodness therefore 1 an greatly indebted, and fincerely hope I lali never be foungrateful as to forget it.
59. Col. Schuyler, in particular, was fo very kind and generous as to advance 270. livres to procure a ranfom før myself and three of my children. He aceompanied and conducted us from Montreal to Albany, and entertained us in the most friendly and hofpitable manner a confiderable time at his own-house, and I believe entirely at his own expenfe.
lit. tle pockets with coppers. I went directly to a shop where they fold toys for children; and being charmed with the found of a Whistle, which I met by the way, in the hands of another boy, I voluntarily offered, and gave all my money for it.
2. I then came home, and went whißling all over the knale much pleafed with my Whiftle; but disturbing all this
family. My brothers and fifters, and coufias, underftanding the bargain I had made, told me, I had given four tires as much for it, as it was worth.
3. This put me in mind of what good things I might have bought with the reft of the money, And they laugh ed at me fo much for my folly that I cried with vexation; and the reflection gave me more chagriw than the Whistle gave me pleasure.
4. This, however, was afterwards of use to me; the ippreffion continued on iny mind, fo that often when I was tempted to buy fome unnecessary thing, Taid to myfélf Don't give too much for tbe Wbistle. And so I faved money.
5. As I grew up and came into the world, and observed the actions of men, I thought I met with many, very miar Ay, wbo gave too mucb for the W bistle.
67. When I saw one too ambitious of court favors, facrior: kicing his time in attendance at levees, his repose, his libero ty, his virtue, and perhaps his friends, to attain it, I have faid' to myself, This man gives too mucb for bis Wbistle.
7. When I saw another fond of popularity, constantly employing him self in political bustles, negled ing his ow affairs, and ruining them by that neglect, He pays indeed, faid I, 10o much for bis W bistle.
8. If I knew a mifer, who gave up every kind of comfortable living, all the pleasure of do good to others, all the esteem of his fellow citizeris, and the jovs of benevolat: friend fhip for the sake of accumulating wealth, Poor many's fald I, you do indeed pay too much for the Wbistle.
When I meet with a man of pie::furt, facrificing every laudable improvement of the inind, or of his fortune to viere corporeal sensations, and ruining his health in the pursuit; Mistaken nan says I, you are providing pain for yourself instead pleafure ; you give too mucb for your Wbistle.
10. If I fee one fond of fine clothes, fine furniture, fine houses, fine equipage, all above his fortune, for which he contracts debts, and ends tis career in prison ; Alas! say I, be bås paid dear, very dear for bis Whistle.
11. In thort. I conceived that great part of the misérics. of mankind were brought upon them by the false estimates
they had made of the value of things, and by their giving too much for their Whistles:
HISTORY OF PocahoxTĀS.
with the hiftory of Virginia, may be ignorant that Pocahontas was the protectress of the English, and often screened them from the cruelty of her father. 3 2. She was but 'twelve years old, when Captain Smith; the bravest, the most intelligent, and the most humane of the forft colonists, fell into the hands of the favages. He already understood their language, lad traded with them feveral times, and often appealed the quarrels between the Europeans and them. Often had he been obliged also to áght them, and to punish their perfidy,
3. At length however, 'undei the pretext of commerce, he was drawn into an a ambush, and the only two companions who accompanied him fell before his eyes; but though alone; by his dexterity he extricated himself from the troop which surrounded him, until, unfortunately, imagining he could fave himself, by creffing a morals, he stuck fast, fo that the favages against whom he had no means of defend. ing himself, at last took and bound him, and conducted him to Powhatan, o? 4. The king was so proud of having Captain Swith in his power, that he fent him in triumph to all the tributary priõees, and ordered that he mould be fplendidly treated, till he returned to fuffer that death which was prepared for him.
5. The fatal moment at last arrived. Captaia Smith was laid upon the hearth of the savage king, and his head placed upon'a large stone to receive the stroke of death; when Pocahontas, the youngest and darling daughter of Powhatan, threw herself upon his body, clasped him in her arms, and declared, that if the cruel sentence was executed, the first blow thould fall on her.
6. All favages absolu:e fovereigos and tyrants not exeepted) are invariably more affe&ted by the tears of iptancy, than the voice of humanity. Powhatan could not resist the tears and prayers of his daughter.
Captain Smith obtained his life os condition of paying för his ransom a certain quantity of makets, powder, and