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On the other hand, I told them, I came to establish them there, not to remove them; and then I let them know, that I had brought with me relief of sundry kinds for them: That I had been at a great charge to supply them with all things necessary, as well for their convenience, as their defence; and that I had such particular persons with me, as well to increase and recruit their number, as by the particular necessary employments which they were bred to, being artificers, to assist them in those things, in which, at present, they were to seek.
They were all together when I talked thus to them; and before I delivered to them the stores I had brought, I asked them, one by one, if they had entirely forgot and buried the first animofities that had been among them, and could shake hands with one another, and engage in a strict friendship, and union of interest, so that there might be no more misunderstandings or jealousies.
William Atkins, with abundance of frankness and good-humour, faid, They had met with afflictions enough to make them all sober, and enemies enough to make them all friends : That, for his part, he would live and die with them; and was so far from designing any thing against the Spaniards, that, he owned, they had done nothing to him but what his own bad humour made necessary, and what he would have done, and, perhaps, much worse, in their case; and that he would ask them pardon, if I desired it, for the foolish and brutish things he had done to them ; and was very willing and desirous of living on terms of entire friendship and union with them; and would do any thing that lay in his power to con
vince them of it: and as for going to England, he cared not if he did not go thither these twenty years.
The Spaniards faid, they had, indeed, at first, difarmed and excluded William Atkins, and his two countrymen, for their ill conduct, as they had let me know : And they appealed to me, for the ne. cessity they were under to do so ; but that William Atkins had behaved himself so bravely in the great fight they had with the savages, and on several occafions since, and had fhewed himself so faithful to, and concerned for the general interest of them all, that they had forgotten all that was past, and thought he merited as much to be trusted with arms, and supplied with necessaries, as any of them; and that they had testified their satisfaction in him, by committing the command to him, next to the governor himself; and as they had an entire confidence in him, and all his countrymen, so they acknowledged, they had merited that confidence, by all the methods that honest men could merit to be valued and trusted : and they most heartily embraced the occasion of giving me this assurance, that they would never have any interest separate from one another.
Upon these frank and open declarations of friendship, we appointed the next day to dine all together; and indeed, we made a splendid feast : I caused the ship’s cook and his mate to come on shore, and dress our dinner; and the old cook's mate we had on shore, assisted. We brought on shore six pieces of good beef, and four pieces of pork, out of the ihip’s provision, with our punch bowl, and mate
rials to fill it; and, in particular, I gave them ten bottles of French claret, and ten bottles of English beer ; things that neither the Spaniards, or the Englishmen, had tasted for many years; and which, it may be supposed, they were exceeding glad of.
The Spaniards added to our feast five whole kids, which the cooks roasted ; and three of them were sent, covered up close, on board our ship to the seamen, that they might feast on fresh meat from on shore, as we did with their falt meat from on board.
After this feast, at which we were very innocently merry, I brought out my cargo of goods, wherein, that there might be no dispute about dividing, I shewed them that there was sufficient for them all and desired, that they might all take an equal quantity of the goods that were for wearing ; that is to say, equal when made up. As first, I distributed linen sufficient to make every one of them four shirts; and, at the Spaniard's request, afterwards made them up six; these were exceeding comfortable to them, having been what, as I may say, they had long since forgot the use of, or what it was to wear them.
I allotted the thin English stuffs, which I mentioned before, to make every one a light coat, like a frock, which I judged fittest for the heat of the season, cool and loose ; and ordered, that whenever they decayed, they should make more, as they thought fit: The like for pumps, shoes, stockings, and hats, &C.
I cannot express what pleasure, what satisfaction, sat upon the countenances of all these poor men, when they saw the care I had taken of them, and how well I had furnished them : they told me, I was a father to them; and that, having such a correspondent as I was, in so remote a part of the world, it would make them forget that they were left in a desolate place; and they all voluntarily engaged to me, not to leave the place without my confent.
Then I presented to them the people I had brought with me; particularly the taylor, the smith, and the two carpenters, all of them most necessary people ; but above all, my general artificer, than whom they could not name any thing that was more needful to them ; and the taylor, to shew his concern for them, went to work immediately, and with my leave, made them every one a shirt the first thing he did ; and, which was still more, he taught the women not only how to low and stitch, and use the needle, but made them assist to make the shirts for their husbands, and for all the rest.
As for the carpenters, I scarce need mention how useful they were, for they took in pieces all my
clumsy, unhandy things, and made them clever, convenient tables, stools, bediteads, cupboards, lockers, shelves, and every thing they wanted of that kind.
But, to let them fee how nature made artificers at first, I carried the carpenters to see William Atkins's basket-house, as I called it; and they both owned, they never saw an instance of such natural ingenuity before ; nor any thing so regular, and so handily
built, at least of its kind : and one of them, when he saw it, after musing a good while, turning about to me, I am sure, says he, that man has no need of us; you need do nothing but give him tools.
Then I brought them out all my store of tools, and gave every man a digging spade, a shovel, and a rake, for we had no harrows or ploughs; and, to every separate place, a pick-axe, a crow, a broad-axe, and a faw; always appointing, that as often as any were broken, or worn out, they should be supplied, without grudging, out of the general stores that I left behind.
Nails, staples, hinges, hammers, chissels, knives, fcisfars, and all sorts of tools and iron-work, they had without tale, as they required; for no man would care to take more than they wanted ; and he must be a fool that would waste or spoil them, on any account whatever : And for the use of the smith, I left two tons of unwrought iron for a supply.
My magazine of powder and arms, which I brought them, was such even to profusion, that they could not but rejoice at them; for now they could march as I used to do, with a musket upon each shoulder, if there was occafion; and were able to fight 1000 savages, if they had but some little advantages of situation ; which also they could not miss of, if they had occasion.
I carried on shore with me the young man whose mother was starved to death, and the maid also ; she was a fober, well-educated, religious young woman, and behaved so inoffensively, that every one gave her a good word : She had, indeed, an unhappy life with us, there being no woman in the ship but herself ;