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At six o'clock in the evening, of Wednesday the '768. 16th, we faw the Island of Saint Helena; at the dis- ^J^IL^j tance of about fourteen leagues; and at one the next wednet 16. morning, brought to. At break of day, we madeThurf. 17. fail for the island, and at nine, anchored in, the bay. The fort faluted us with thirteen guns, and we returned the fame number. We found riding here the Northumberland Indiaman, Captain Milford, who faluted us with eleven guns, and we returned nineWe got out all the boats as soon as possible, and sent the empty casks to be filled with water; at the fame time several of the people were employed to gather purslain, which grows here in great plenty. About two o'clock, I went on shore myself, and was faluted by the fort with thirteen guns, which I returned. The Governor and the principal gentlemen of the island did me the honour to meet me at the water-side, and having conducted me to the fort, told me, that it was expected I should make it my home during my stay.
By noon, the next day, our water was completed, Friday it. and the ship made ready for sea; soon after she was unmoored, to take advantage of the first breey.e, and at five in the afternoon, I returned on board. Upon my leaving the shore, I was faluted with thirteen guns, and soon after, upon getting under way, I was faluted with thirteen more, both which I returned; the Northumberland Indiaman then faluted me with thirteen guns, so did the Osterly, which arrived here the evening before I made fail, and I returned the compliment with the fame number.
On the 2ist, in the evening, we faw several men Mond. 2i. of war birds; and at midnight, heard many birds u£ y 2I" about the ship. At five o'clock in the morning of the Wedp. ij. 23d, we faw the Island of Ascension; and at eight, discovered a ship to the eastward, who brought to, and hoisted a jack at her main-top-mast-head, upon which we shewed our colours, and she then stood in for the land again. We ran down close along the north-east side of the island, and looked into the bay, but seeing no ship there, and it blowing a stiff gale, I made the best of my way.
1768. On Monday the 28th, we crossed the equator, and -f^L", got again into north latitude.
Mond. 28. On Wednesday, the 13th of April, we passed a April, great quantity of gulp weed; and on the 1 7th, we
Sund"6,','3" passed a great deal more. On the 19th, we saw two
Tuesday 19. slocks of birds, and observing the water to be discoloured, we thought the ground might be reached, but, upon sounding, could find no bottom.
Sund. 14. At five o'clock in the morning of Sunday the 24th, we saw the peak of the Island os Pico bearing N. N. E. at the distance of about eighteen leagues. We found, by observation, that Fyal lies in latitude 380 20' N. longitude 280 30' W. from London. May. . No incident worth recording happened till about
Wednes. 11. noon on tI,e llth of May, when, being in latitude 48° 44' N. longitude 70 16' W. we saw a ship in chace of a sloop, at which she fired several guns. We bore away, and at three, fired a gun at the chace, and brought her to; the ship to windward, being near the chace, immediately-sent a boat on board her, and soon aster, Captain Hammond, of his Majesty's sloop the Savage, came on board of me, and told me that the vessel he had chaced, when he first saw her, was in company with an Irish wherry, and that as soon as they discovered him to be a man of war they took different ways; the wherry hauled the wind, and the other vessel bore away. That he at first hauled the wind, and stood aster the wherry, but finding that he gained no ground, he bore away aster the other vessel, which probably .would also have escaped, if I had not stopped her, for that he gained very little ground in - the chace. She appeared to be laden with tea, brandy, and other goods, from Roseoe in France; and though she was steering a south-west course, pretended to be bound to Bergen in Norway. She belonged to Liverpool, was called the Jenny, and commanded by one Robert Christian. Her brandy and tea were in small kegs and bags; and all appearances being strongly against her, I detained her, in order to be fent to England. .
At half an hour aster five, on the 13th, we saw the Islands of Scilly; on the 19th, I landed at Hastings in Sussex; and at four, the next morning, the ship anchored sasely in the Downs, it being just 637 days since her weighing anchor in Plymouth Sound. To this narrative, I have only 10 add, that the object of the voyage being discovery, it was my constant practice, during the whole time of my navigating those parts of the sea which are not perfectly known, to lie to every night, and make sail only in the day, that nothing might escape me.
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