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to go again to Sea. I was Surgeon fucceffively in two Ships, and made feveral Voyages, for fix Years, to the East and West Indies; by which I got fome Addition to my Fortune. My Hours of Leisure I spent in reading the best Authors, ancient and modern; being always provided with a good Number of Books; and when I was afhore, in obferving the Manners and Difpofitions of the People, as well as learning their Language; wherein I had a great Facility by the Strength of my Memory.

THE laft of these Voyages not proving very fortunate, I grew weary of the Sea, and intended to stay at home with my Wife and Family. I removed from the Old-Jury to Fetter-lane, and from thence to Wapping, hoping to get Business amongst the Sailors; but it would not turn to Account. After three Years Expectation, that Things would mend, I accepted an advantageous Offer from Captain William Prichard, Mafter of the Antelope, who was making a Voyage to the South-Sea. We fet fail from Bristol, May 4th, 1699, and our Voyage at firft was very profperous.

It would not be proper for fome Reasons, to trouble the Reader with the Particulars of our Ad ventures in those Seas: Let it fuffice to inform him, that in our Paffage from thence to the East Indies, we were driven by a violent Storm to the Northweft of Van Diemen's Land. By an Obfervation, we found ourselves in the Latitude of 30 Degrees 2 Minutes South. Twelve of our Crew were dead by immoderate Labour, and ill Food; the rest were in a very weak Condition. On the fifth of November, which was the Beginning of Summer in those Parts, the Weather being very hazy, the Seamen spyed a Rock, within half a Cable's length

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of the Ship; but the Wind was fo ftrong, that we were driven directly upon it, and immediately fplit. Six of the Crew, of whom I was one, having let down the Boat into the Sea, made a Shift to get clear of the Ship, and the Rock. We rowed by my Computation, about three Leagues, until we were able to work no longer, being already spent with Labour while we were in the Ship: We therefore trusted ourselves to the Mercy of the Waves ; and in about half an Hour the Boat was overfet by a fudden Flurry from the North. What became of my Companions in the Boat, as well as of those who escaped on the Rock, or were left in the Veffel, I cannot tell; but conclude they were all loft. For my own Part, I fwam as Fortune directed me, and was pushed forward by Wind and Tide. I often let my Legs drop, and could feel no Bottom: But when I was almost gone, and able to struggle no longer, I found myself within my Depth; and by this Time the Storm was much abated. The Declivity was fo fmall, that I walked near a Mile before I got to the Shore, which I conjectured was about eight o'clock in the Evening. I then advanced forward near half a Mile, but could not discover any Sign of Houfes or Inhabitants; at least. I was in fo weak a Condition, that I did not obferve them. I was extremely tired, and with that, and the Heat of the Weather, and about half a Pint of Brandy that I drank as I left the Ship, I found myself much inclined to fleep. I lay down on the Grafs, which was very fhort and foft; where I flept founder than ever I remember to have done in my Life, and as I reckoned, above nine Hours; for when I awaked, it was juft Day-light. I attempted to rife, but was not able to ftir: For, as I happened to lie on my Back, I found my Arms and


Legs were ftrongly faftned on each Side to the Ground; and my Hair, which was long and thick, tied down in the fame Manner. I likewife felt several slender Ligatures across my Body, from my Arm-pits to my Thighs. I could only look upwards; the Sun began to grow hot, and the Light offended mine Eyes. I heard a confufed Noife about me, but in the Pofture I lay, could fee nothing except the Sky. In a little Time I felt fomething alive moving on my left Leg, which advancing gently forward over my Breaft, came almoft up to my Chin; when bending mine Eyes downwards as much as I could, I perceived it to be a human Creature not fix Inches high, with a Bow and Arrow in his Hands, and a Quiver at his Back. In the mean Time, I felt at leaft forty more of the fame Kind (as I conjectured) following the first. I was in the utmost Astonishment, and roared fo loud, that they all run back in a Fright; and fome of them, as I was afterwards told, were hurt with the Falls they got by leaping from my Sides upon the Ground. However, they foon returned; and one of them, who ventured fo far as to get a full Sight of my Face, lifting up his Hands and Eyes by way of Admiration, cryed out in a fhrill, but diftinct Voice, Hekina Degul: The others repeated the fame Words feveral Times, but I then knew not what they meant. I lay all this while, as the Reader may believe, in great Uneafinefs: At length, ftruggling to get loose, I had the Fortune to break the Strings, and wrench out the Pegs that faftned my left Arm to the Ground: For, by lifting it up to my Face, I difcovered the Methods they had taken to bind me; and, at the fame Time, with a violent Pull, which gave me exceffive Pain, I a little loofened the Strings that tied


down my Hair on the left Side; fo that I was just able to turn my Head about two Inches. But the Creatures ran off a fecond Time, before I could feize them; whereupon there was a great Shout in a very fhrill Accent; and after it ceafed, I heard one of them cry aloud, Tolgo Phonac; when in an Inftant, I felt above an hundred Arrows discharged on my left Hand, which pricked me like fo many Needles; and befides, they fhot another Flight into the Air, as we do Bombs in Europe; whereof many, I fuppofe, fell on my Body, (though I felt them not) and fome on my Face, which I immediately covered with my left Hand. When this Shower of Arrows was over, I fell a groaning with Grief and Pain; and then ftriving again to get loofe, they discharged another Volley larger than the firft; and fome of them attempted with Spears to stick me in the Sides; but, by good Luck, I had on me a Buff Jerkin, which they could not pierce. I thought it the most prudent Method to lie ftill; and my Defign was to continue fo until Night, when my left Hand being already loofe, I could easily free my felf: And, as for the Inhabitants, I had Reafon to believe I might be a Match for the greatest Armies they could bring against me, if they were all of the fame Size with him that I faw. But Fortune difpofed otherwise of me. When the People obferved I was quiet, they discharged no more Arrows: But by the Noife encreafing, I knew their Numbers were greater; and about four Yards from me over-against my right Ear, I heard a Knocking for above an Hour, like People at work; when turning my Head that Way, as well as the Pegs and Strings would permit me, I faw a Stage erected about a Foot and a half from the Ground, capable

pable of holding four of the Inhabitants, with two or three Ladders to mount it: From whence one of them, who seemed to be a Perfon of Quality, made me a long Speech, whereof I underftood not one Syllable. But I fhould have mentioned, that before the principal Ferfon began his Oration, he cryed out three Times Langro Debul fan: (thefe Words and the former were afterwards repeated and explained to me.) Whereupon immediately about fifty of the Inhabitants came, and cut the Strings that faftned the left Side of my Head, which gave me the Liberty of turning it to the right, and of obferving the Person and Gefture of him who was to speak. He appeared to be of a middle Age, and taller than any of the other three who attended him; whereof one was a Page, who held up his Train, and seemed to be fomewhat longer than my middle Finger; the other two ftood one on each Side to fupport him. He acted every Part of an Orator; and I could observe many Periods of Threatnings, and others of Promises, Pity, and Kindness. I answered in a few Words, but in the most fubmiffive Manner, lifting up my left Hand and both mine Eyes to the Sun, as calling him for a Witnefs; and being almost famished with Hunger, having not eaten a Morfel for fome Hours before I left the Ship. I found the Demands of Nature fo ftrong upon me, that I could not forbear fhewing my Impatience (perhaps against the ftrict Rules of Decency) by putting my Finger frequently on my Mouth, to fignify that I wanted Food. The Hurgo (for fo they call a great Lord, as I afterwards learnt) understood me very well: He defcended from the Stage, and commanded that feveral Ladders fhould be applied to my Sides, on which above an hundred of the Inhabitants

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