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who made hiin, when the day was far spent, and the time would permit me to stay no longer, I departed, you may well suppose, with a heavy load at my heart.
The tidings I had received of the death of my youngest child, had a little before been confirmed to me beyond a doubt: but I could not mourn so heartily for the deceased, as for the living child.
43. When the winter broke up, we removed to St. John's; and through the ensuing summer, our principal residence was at no great distance from the fort at that place. In the mean time, however, my sister's husband having been out with a scouting party to some of the English 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 consequence might prove, if he should come home in a morose and turbulent humor, to avoid his insolence, proposed that we should both retire and keep out of the reach of it, until the storm abated.
45. We absconded accordingly : but it so happenedl; that I returned and ventured into his presence, before his wife had presumed to come nigh him. I found him in his wigwam and in a surly mood; and not being able to revenge upon his wife, because she was not at home, he laid hold of me and hurried me to the fort ; and for a trifling consideration, sold 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 days; and if not for my sister, yet for me it was a lucky circuma stance indeed, which thus in an unexpected moment; snatched me out of their cruel hands, and placed me bea yond the reach of their insolent power.
47. After my Indian master had disposed of me in the manner related above, and the moment of sober reflection had arrived, perceiving that the man who bought me had taken the advantage of him in an unguarded hour, his resentment began to kindle, and his indignation rose so high, that he threatened to kill me if he should meet me alone ; or if he could not revenge himself thus, that he would set fire to the fort.
48. I was therefore secreted in an upper chamber, and fort carefully guarded, until his wrath bad time to cool
My service in the family to which I was advanced, was perfect freedom, in comparison with what it had been among the barbarous Indians.
49. My new master and mistress were both as kind and generous towards me as I could reasonably expect. I seldom asked a favor of either of them, but it was readily granted. In consequence of which I had it in my power, in many instances, to administer aid and refreshment to the poor prisoners of my own nation, who were brought into 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 stock of prudence, to enable me to encounter them. In this I was greatly assisted by the governor, and Col. Schus. ler, who was then a prisoner.
51. I was moreover under unspeakable obligations to the governor on another account. I had received intelligence from 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 she had continued from the beginning of her captivity.These were heavy tidings, and added greatly to the poignancy of my other afflictions.
52. However, not long after I hart heard this melancholy news, an opportunity presented of acquainting that humane and generous gentleman, the comrander in chief, and my
illustrious benefactor, with this fiuir also, who in compassion for my sufferings, and to mitigate ray sorrows, issued his orders, in good time, and had my daughter taken away from the Indians, and conveyed to the same nunnery where her sister was then lodged, with Lis express ina junction, that they should both of them together be well looked after, and carefully educated, as his adopted children.
53. In this school of superstition and bigotry, they continued while the war in those days between France, and Great Britain. lasted. At the conclusion of which war, the governor went home to France, took my oldest daughter along with him, and married her there to a French gentle man, whose name is Cron Lewis.
54. He was at Boston with the fleet under count d'Es. ming, (1778) and one of his clerks. My other daught**
still continuing in the nunnery, a considerable time had elapsed after my return from captivity, when I made a journey to Canada, resolving to use my best endeavors not to return without her.
55. I arrived just in time to prevent her being sent to France. She was to have gone in the next vessel that sail. ed for that place. And I found it extremely diffcult to prevail with her to quit the nunnery aud go home with me.
56. Yea, she absolutely refused; and all the persuasions 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 superintendant of the nuns, in which he threatened if my daughter should not be delivered immediately into my hands, or could not be prevailed with to submit to my parental authority, that he would send a band of soldiers to assist me in bringing her away.
57. But so extremely bigoted was she to the customs and religion of the place, that after all, she left it with the great. est reluctance, and the niost bitter lamentations, which she continued as we passed the streets, and wholiy refused to be comforted. Mly good friend Major Small, whom we mei with on the way, tried all he could to console her: and was so very kind and obliging as to bear us company, and carry my daughter behind him on horseback. 58. But I have run on a little before my story; for I haya, informed
of the means and manner of my own redemption ; to the accomplishing of which, the recovery of my daughter just mentioned, and the ransoming of some of my other children, several gentlemen of note con. tributed not a little; to whose goodness, therefore, I am greutiy indebted, and sincerely hope I shall never be so ungrateful as to forget it.
59. Col. Scuyler, in particular, was so very kind and generous as to advance 2700 liver's to procure a ransom for myself and three of my children. He accompanied and conducted us from Montrea to Albany, and entertained us in the most friendly and hospitable manner, a considerable time at his own liouse, and I believe, entirely at his own expense,
THE VVHISTLE. HEN I was a child at seven years old, says Dr. 1. friends on a holiday filed my
little pockets with coppers. I went directly to a shop where
they sold toys for children ; and being charmed with the sound of a Whistle, which I met by the way in the hands of another boy, I voluntarily offered and gave all my money
2. I then came home, and went whistling all over the house, much pleased with my Whistle ; but disturbing all the family. My brothers and sisters and cousins, under. standing the bargain I had made, told me, I had given four times as much for it as it was worth.
3. This put me in mind of what good things I might have bought with the rest of the money. And they laughed at me so much for my folly, that I cried with vexation; and the reflection gave me more chagrin than the Whistle gave me pleasure.
4. This, however, was afterwards of use to me ; the impression continuing on my mind, so that often when I was tempted to buy some unnecessary thing, I said to myself, Don't give too much for the Whistle. And so I saved niy money.
5. As I grew up and came into the world, and observed the actions of men, I thought I met with many, very many, who gave too much for the Whistle, 6. When I saw one too ambitious of court favors,
sacrif ficing his time in attendance at levees, his repose, his liberty, his virtue, and perhaps his friends to obtain it, I have said to myself, This nan gives too much for the IVhistle,
7. When I saw, another fond of popularity, constantly employing himself in political busties, neglecting his own affairs, and ruining them by that neglect, He pays, said I, too much for his Whistle.
8. If I knew a miser, who gave up every kind of com. fortable living, all the pleasure of doing good to others, all the esteem of his feliow citizens, and the joys of benevo, lent friendship, for the sake of accumulating wealth, Poor man, said I, you do indeed pay too much for the Whistle.
9. When I meet with a man of pleasure, sacrificing ev. ery laudable improvement of the mind, or of his fortune, to mere corporeal sensations, and ruining his health in the pursuit; mistaken man, say I, you are providing pain for yourself instead of pleasure ; you give too much for your Whistle.
10. If I see one fond of fine clothes, fine furniture, fine houses, fine equipage, all above his fortune, for wlrich he
contracts dents, and ends his career in prison ; alas! say Ii. he has paid dear, very dear for his IVhietle.
11. In short, I conceived that great part of the miseries 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 POCAHONTAS. 1.
ERHAPS they who are not particularly acqu.inted
with the history of Virginia, may be ignorant that Pocahontas was the protectress of the English, and often screened them from the cruelty of her father.
2. She was but twelve years old, when captain Smith, the bravest, the most intelligent, and the most humane of the first colonists, fill into the hands of the Savages. He already understood their language, had traded with them sevcral times, and often appeased the quirrels between the Europeans and them. Often had die been obliged also to fight them, and to punish their perfidy.
3. At length however under the pretext of commerce he was drawn into an ambush, and the only two companions who accompanied bim, fell before his eyes ; but tho alone, by his dexterity he extricated himself from the troop which surrounded him; until, unfortunately imagining he could save himself, by crossing a morass, he stuck fast, so that the savages, agaliist whom he had no means of defending himself, at last look and bound him, and corducted him to Powhatan.
4. The king was so proud of having Captain Smith in his power, that be sent him in triumph to ali the tributary princes, and ordered that he should be splendidly treated, till he returned to suffer that death which was prepared for him. 5. The fatal moment at last arrived.
Captain 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 dariing daughter of Powhatan, threw herself upon his body, clasped him in her arms, and declared that if the cruel sentence was executed tiic first blow should fall on her.
6. All savages (absolute sovereigns and tyrants not excepted) are invariably more affected by the tears of infura