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fh order to be produced upon an emergency; but that, t© secure to my brother the benefit of my service, I should sign a new contract, which should be kept secret during the remaining part of the termv This was a very shallow arrangement. It was, however, carried into immediate execution, and the paper continued, in consequence, to make its appearance for some months in my name. At length a new difference arising between my brother and me, I ventured to take advantage of my liberty, presuming that he would not dare to produce the new contract. It Avas undoubtedly dishonorable to avail myself of this circumstance, and I reckon this action as one of the first errors of my life; but I was little capable of estimating it at its true value, embittered as my mind had been by the recollection of the blows I had received. Exclusively of his passionate treatment of me, my brother was by no means .a man of an ill temper, and perhaps my manners had too much of impertmence not to afford it a very natural pretext. •
When he knew that it was my determination to quit him, he wished to prevent my finding employment elsewhere. He went to all the printing-offices in the town, and prejud.ced the masters against me; who accordingly refused to employ me. The idea then suggested itself to me of going to New-York, the nearest town in which there was a printing.office. Farther reflection confirmed me in the design of leaving Boston, where I had already rendered myself an object of suspicion to the governing party. It was probable, froin the arbitrary proceedings of the assembly in the affair of my brother, that, by remaining, I should soon have been exposed to difficulties; which I had "the greaier reason to apprehend, as, from my indiscreet disputes upon the subjects of religion, I begun to be regarded, by the pious souls, with horror, either as an apostate or an atheist. I came therefore to a resolution; but my father, in this installed, siding with my brother, I pi\
sumec? that if I attempted to denart openlv, mwr*trr*# would.b. taken to prevent me.' My friend Collms undertook to favor my flight. He agreed for my passage with the captain of a New.York sloop, to whom he r' p» fomented me as a young man of his acquaintance, who had had an affair with a inrl of bad character, whose parents wished to compel me to marry her, and that of co'.sequ nee I cotiki neither make my appearance notr go off publicly. I sold part of my books to procure ai small sum of mon^y, and went privately on board the skiop. By favor of a good wind, I found myself im "*Inee.' days at New.York, ne.uh/ three hundred miles from my home, at the age only of seventeen yearsf without knowing an individual in the place, and wain ¥ery little money in my pocket.
The inclination I had felt for a seafaring life was entirely subsided, or I should now have been able to gratify it; but having another trade, and believing myself to be a tolerable workman, I hesitated not to offer my services to the old Mr. William Bradford, who had* been the first printer in Pennsylvania, but had quitted. that province on account of a quarrel with Ueorge' Keith, the governor. He could not give me employment himself* having little to do, and already as many pi rsons as he wanted; but he told me that his son, printer at Philadelphia, had lately lost his principal' 'workman, Aquilar Rose, who was dead. aiid that if I .would go thither, he believed he would engage me.—"' Philadelphia was a hundred miles farther. 1 hesitated Hot to embark in a boat in order to repair, by the shortest cut of the sea, to \mboy, leaving my trunk and effects to come after me by the usual and more tedious. conveyance. In crossing the Bay we met with a squall,. 'which shattered to pieces our rotten sails. prevented us from entering the Kill, and thVew us upon Long-. Island.
During the squall, a drunken Dutchman, who like myself was a passenger iu the boat, fell into the sea..
At the moment that hs was sinking I seized Him by the fore-top, saved him, and drew hi n on boird. t'his;. immersion sobered bin a Utile, so that he fell asleeo> after having taken fiom his Bucket a volume, which ber fequested mc to dry. This volume I lound to be my' old favorite Woi.k, B.myan's Voyages, in Dutch, a beautiful impression on fine paper, with copperplate engnvings; a dress in which I had n.ver seen it in its original language. I have since learned that it has bceif translated into almost all the languages of .Europe, and! next to the Bible, I am persuaded, tt is one of the' books which has had the greatest spread. Honest John is the first, that I know of, who has mixed narrative and dialogue together; a mode of writing very engaging to the reader, who in the most interesting passages, finds himself admitted as it were into the company, and present at the conversation. De Foe has' Knitated it with success in his Robinson Crusoe, hii Moll Flanders, and other works; as also has'Richardson in his Pamela, Sec.
In approaching the island we found that we had made a part of the coast where it was not possible to land, on' account of the strong breakers produced by the rocky shore. We cast anchor and veered the cable towards the shore. Some men, who stood upon the brink, hallooed to us, while weidid the same on our part; but the wind was so high, and the waves so noisy, that vve could neither of us hear each other. There were some canoes upon the bank, and we called out to them, and made signs to prevail on them to come and take us up; but either they did not understand us, or they deemed' our request impracticable, and withdrew. Nightcame on, and nothing remained for us but to wait quietly the subsiding of the wind; till when we determined, that is, the pilot and I, to sleep if possible. For that purpose \T;. we.it belov the hatches with the Dutchman, who' ¥<a» iircucbed'with water. The sea browi over the. boat, and reached us in our retreat, so that we weffe presently as completely drenched as he.
We had very little repose during the whole night t but the wind abating the next day, we succeeded in reaching Amboy before it was dark, after having passed thirty hours without provisions, and with no other drink than a bottle of bad rum, the water upon which we rowed being salt. 'In the evening I went to bed with a very violent fever. I had somewhere read that cold water, drank plentifully, was a remedy in such cases. I followed the prescription, was in a profuse sweat for the greater part of the night, and the fever left me.— The next day I crossed the river in a ferry-boat, and continued my jou.rney on foot. I had fifty miles to walk, in order to reach Burlington, where I was told I should find passage-boats that would convey me to Philadelphia. It rained hard the whole day, so that I was wet to the skin. Finding myself fatigued about noon, I stopped at a paltry inn, where I passed the rest of the . day and the whole night, beginning toregret that I had quitted my home. I made besides so wretched a figure, that I was suspected to be some runaway servant. This I discovered by the questions that were asked me; and I felt that I was every moment in danger of being taken up as such. The next day, however, I continued my journey, and arrived in the evening at an inn, eight op ten miles fro n Burlington, that was kept by one Dr. Brown.
This man entered into conversation with me whil . I took some refreshment, and perceiving that I had read a little, he expressed towards me considerable interest and friendship. Our acquaintance continued during. the remainder of his life. I believe him to have been what is called an itinerant doctor; for there was no town in England, or indeed in Europe, of which he could not give a particular account. He was neither deficient in understanding or literature, but he was a bad infidel, «uiu, some } ears after, undertook to travesiy
the Bible in burlesque verse, as Cotton has travestied Virgil. He exhibited, by this means, many facts in a very ludicrous pomt of view, which would give umbrage to weak minds, had his work been puolisiied, which it never was.
I spent the night at his house, and reached Burlington the next morning. On my arrival, I had the mortification to learn that the ordinary passage boats had sailed a little before. This was on a Saturday, and there would be no other boat until the Tuesday following. I returned to the house of an old woman in the town who had sold me so.ne gingerbread to eat on my passage, and I asked her advice. She invited me to take up my abode with her till an opportunity offered for me to embark. Fatigued with having travelled so far on foot, I accepted her jnvitation. When she understood that I was a printer, she would have persuaded me to stay at Burlington., and set up my trade: but she was little aware of the capital that' would be necessary for such a purpose! I was treated while at her house with true hospitality. She gave ms, with the utmost good-will, a dinner of beef-steaks, and would accept of nothing in return but a pint of ale.
Here I imagined myself to be fixed till the Tuesday in the ensuing week; but walking out in the evening by the river side, I saw a boat with a aumber oi persons in it approach. It was going to Philadelphia, and the company took me in. As there was no wind, we could only make way with our oars. About midnight, not perceiving the town, some of the company were of opinion that we must have passed it, and were unwilling to row any further; the rest not knowing where we Were, it was resaived that we sh^uid stop. We