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pect, but cither an immediate death, or a long and doletul captivity

ģ. The latter of these, by the favor of Providence, tumed out to be the lot of these unhappy women, and their still more unhappy, because more helpless children. Mrs. Galfeld had but one, Mrs. Grout had three, and Mrs. Howe,

The eldest of Mrs. Howe's was eleven years old, and the youngest but six months.

8. The two elda were daughters, which she had by her first husband, Mr. William Phips, who was also slain by the Indians, of which I doubt not you have seen an account in Mı. Doolittle's history. It was from the mouth of this woman that I lately received the foregoing account. She also gave me, I doubt not, a true, though to be sure, a very brief and imperfect history of her captivity, which I here insert for your perusal.

9. The Indians (she says) having plundered and put fire to the fort, we marched, as near as I could judge, a mile and a half into the woods, where we encamped that night.

10. When the morning came, and we had advanced as much farther, six Indians were sent back to the place of our late abode, who collected a little more plunder, and destroyed some other effects that had been left behind ; but they did not return until the day was so far spent, that it was judged best to continue where they were through the night.

11. Early the next morning we set off for Canada, and continued our march eight days successively, until we had reached the place where the Indians had left their canooes, about fifteen miles from Crown Point. This was a long and tedious march ; but the captives, by Divine assistance, were enabled to endure it with less trouble and difficulty than they had reason to expect.

12. From such savage masters, in such indigent circumstances, we could not rationally hope for kinder treatment than we received. Some of us, it is true, had a harder lot. than others; and among the children, I thought my son Squire had the hardest of any.

13. He was then only four years old, and when we stopped to rest our weary limbs, and he sat down on his master's pack, the savage monster would often knock him off; and some times too with the handle of his hatchet. Severat ugly marks, indented in his head by the cruel Inuians, at thu tender age, are still plainly to be seen.


14. At length we arrived at Crown Point and took up out quarters there, for the space of near a week. In the mean time some of the Indians went to Montreal, and took several of the wearỳ captives along with them, with a view of selling them to the French. They did not succeed, however, in finding a market for of them.

15. They gave my youngest daughter to the governor, de Vandreuil, had a drunken frolic, and returned again to Crown Point, with the rest of the prisoners. From hence we set off for St. John's, in four or five canooes, just as night was coming on, and were soon surrounded with dark



16. A heavy storm hung over us. The sound of the rolling thunder was very terrible upon the waters, which at every flash of expansive lightning seemed 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 Hashes lasted.

17. In this posture we sailed in our open, tottering canooes, almost the whole of that dreary night. The moining indeed had not yet begun to dawn, when we all went ashore: and having collected a heap of sand and gravel for a pillow, I laid myself downt, with my tender infant by my side, 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 darkness and iminent dangers of the preceding night; we all arrived in safety at St. John's.

19. Our next movement was to St. Francois, the metros polis, if I may so call it, to which the Indians who led us captive belonged. Soon after our arrival at that wretched capital, a council, consisting of the chief Sachem and some principal warriors of the St. Francois tribe, was convened; and after the ceremonies usual on such occasions were over, I was conducted and delivered to an old squaw, whom the Indians told me I must call my mother.

20. My infant still continued to be the property of its original Indian owners. I was nevertheless permitted to kcep it with me a while longer, for the sake of saving them the trouble. of looking after it. When the weather began to grow cold, shuddering at the prospect of approaching

nter, I acquainted my new mother, that I did not think

the way:

it would be possible for me to endure it, if I must spend it with her, and fare as the Indians did.

21. Listening to my repeated and earnest solicitations, that I might be disposed of among some of the French inhabitants of Canada, she at length set off with me and my infant, attended by some male Indians upon a journey to Montreal, in hopes of finding a market for me there. But the attempt proved unsaccessful, and the joiney tedious indeed.

22. Our provisions was so scanty as well as insipid and unsavory; the weather was so cold, and the travelling so very bad, that it often seemed as if I must have perished on

23. While we were at Montreal, we went into the house of a certain French gentleman, whose lady being sent for, and coming into the room where I was, to examin ine, seeing I had an infant, exclaimed with an oath “ I will not buy a woman who has a child to look after.”

24. There was a swill pail standing near me, in which I observed some crusts and crumbs of bread swimming of the surface of the greasy liquor it contained. Sorely pinched with hunger, I 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 smallpox, of which disteinper she died, soon 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 return my poor child to those of them wlio still claimed it as their property. This was a se. vere trial. The babe clung to my bosom with all its might; but I was obliged to pluck it thence, and deliver it shrieking and screaming, enough to penetrate a heart of stone, into the lands of those un feeling wretches, whose tender mercies may be termed cruel.

27. It was soon carried off by a hunting party of those Indians, to a place called Missisko, at the lower end of Lake Champlain, whither in about a inonth 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 satisfaction ; it being greatiy emaciated and almost starved.

28. I took it in my arms, put its face to mine, and it in.. stantly bit me with such violence, that it seemed as if I must have parted 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 suppose on purpose to torment me, sent me away to another wigwam, which stood at a little distance, though not so far from the one in which my distressed infant was confined, but that I could plainly hear its incessant cries, and heart-rending lamentatiors.

29. In this deplorable condition, I was obliged to take my leave of it on the morning of the third day after my arrival at the place. We moverl down the lake several miles the same day; and the night following was remarkable on account of the great earthquake which terribly shook that bowling wilderness,

30. Among the islands hereabouts, we spent the winter season, often shifting our quarters, and roving about from ene place to another; our family consisting of three persons only; beside myself, viz. my late mother's daughter, whom therefore I called my sister; her sanhop, and a pappoos.

31. They once left me alone two dismal nights; and when they returned to me again, perceiving them smile at each other, I asked what is the matter ; They replied that two of my children were no more. One of which they said died a natural death, and the other was knocked on the head.

32. I did not utter many words, but my heart was sorely pained within me, and my mind exceedingly troubled wth strange and awful ideas. I often imagined, for instance, that I plainly saw the naked carcasses of my deceased children hanging upon the limbs of the trees, as the Indians are wont to hang the raw 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 should be relieved in a good measure from those horrid imaginations; for as I was walking one day upon the ice, observing a smoke at some distancet upon the land, it must proceed, thought I, from the fire of some Indian hut; and who knows but some of my poor children may be there.

34. My curiosity, thus excited, led me to the place, and

there I found my son Caleb, a little boy between two aux three years old, whom I had lately buried, in apprehension at least ; or rather imagined to have been deprived of lifi:. and perhaps also denied a decent grave.

35. I found him likewise in tolerable health and circu.r.stances, under the protection of a fond Indian mother: ani moreover had the happiness of lodging with him in nry arms one joyful night. Again we shifted our quarters, and when we had travelled cight or ten miles upon the snow and ice, came to a place where the Indians manufactured sugar, which they extracted from the maple trees.

36. Here an Indian came to visit us, whom I knew, and who could speak English. He asked me why I did not go to see my son Squire. I replied that I had lately been inforined he was dead. He assured me that he was yet alive, and but two or threc miles off, on the oppposite side of the Lake.

37. At my request, he gave me the best directions he could to the place of his abode. I resolved to enabrace the first opportunity that offered of endeavoring to search it oui. While I was busy in contemplating this afleir, the incians obtained a little bread, of which they gave me a small share.

38. I did not taste a morsel of it myself, but suved it wi for my poor child, if I should be so lucky as to find him. At length, having obtained of my keeper leave to be abseni for one day, I set 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 fouind the place which he had so accurately marked out..

39. I beheld, as I drew nigh, my little son without the camp; but he looked thought I, like a starved and mangy puppy, that had been wallowing in the ashes. I took !im in my arms, and he spoke to me these words in the Indian tongue; “ Mother are you come?" 40. I took him into the wigwam with me,

and observing a number of Indiin children in it, I distributed all the bread which I had reserved for my own child, among them all; otherwise I should have given great offense.

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

42,.But having recommended him to the care of bir

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