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I encourag'd the Fellow, by granting all he defir’d; and as an Addition, I gave him the Savage, which we had taken Prisoner of War, to be his Slave, and order'd the Governour Spaniard to give hím his Share of every Thing he wanted, with the rest.
When we came to fit this Man out, my old Partner told me, there was à certain very honest Fellow, a Brasil Planter of his Acquaintance, who had fallen into the Displeasure of the Church ; I know not what the Matter is with him, says he, but on my Conscience, I think he is a Heretick in his Heart, and he has been oblig'd to conceal himself for Fear of the Inquisition ; that he wou'd be very glad of such an Opportunity to make his Escape with his wife and two Daughters ; and if I would let them go to my Island, and allot them a Plantation, he would give them a small Stock to begin with; for the Officers of the Inquisition had seiz'd all his Effects and Estate, and he had nothing left but a little Houshold-Stuff and two Slaves. And adds he, Tho' I hate his Principles, yet I would not have him fall into their Hands; for he would ailuredly be burnt alive, if he does.
I granted this presently, and join'd my English Man with them, and we conceal'd the Man, and his Wife, and Daughters on Board our Ship, 'till the Sloop put out to go to Sea; and then (having put all their Goods on Board the Sloop, some Time before) we put them on Board the Sloop, after he was got out of the Bay.
Our Seaman was mightily pleas'd with this new Partner; and their Stock indeed was much alike rich in Tools, in Preparations, and a Farm, but nothing to begin with, but as above: However, they carry'd over with them, which was worth all the rest, some Materials for planting Sugar Canes, with fome Plants of Canes; which he, I mean, the Portugal Man, understood very well,
Among the rest of the Supplies sent my Tenants in the liland, I sent them by their Sloop, three Milch Cows, and five Calves, about 22 Hogs among them, three Sows big with Pig, Mares, and a Stone-Horse.
For my Spaniards according to my Promise, I engag'd three Portugal Women to go, and recommended it to them to marry them, and use them kindly. I could have procur'd more Women, but I remember'd, that the poor persecuted Man had two Daughters, and there was but five of the Spaniards that wanted; the rest had Wives of their own, tho' in another Country.
All this Cargoe arriv'd safe, and as you may easily suppose, very welcome to my old Inhabitants, who were now with this Addition between fixty and seventy People, besides little Children ; of which, there was a great many : I found Letters at London froin thein all by the Way of Lisbon, when I came back to England, of which I shall also take fome Notice immediately
I have now done with my Isand, and all Manner of Discourse about it; and who ever reads the rest of my Memorandum's, would do well to turn
his Thoughts entirely from it, and expe& to read of the Follies of an old Man, not warn’d by his own Harms, much less by those of other Men, to beware of the like; not cool'd by almost fourty Years Misery and Disappointments, not satisfy'd with Prosperity beyond Expectation, not made cautious by Affliction and Distress beyond Imitation.
I had no more Business to go to the East-Indies, than a Man at full Liberty, and having committed no Crime, has to go to the Turn-key at Newgate, and desire him to lock him up among the Prisoners there, and starve him. Had I taken a small Versel from England, and went dire&ly to the Island ; had I loaded her, as I did the other Vessel, with all the Necessaries for the Plantation, and for my People, took a Patent from the Government here, to have secur'd my Property, in Subje&tion only to that of England; had I carry'd over Cannon and Ammunion, Servants and people, to plant, and taking Possession of the Place, fortify'd and strengthen’d it in the Name of England, and encreas'd it with People, as I might easily have done; had I then settled myself there, and sent the Ship back, loaden with good Rice, as I might also have done in fix Months Time, and order'd my Friends to have fitted her out again for our Supply; had I done this, and stay'd there myself, I had, at least, acted like a Man of common Sense; but I was possessed with a wandring Spirit, scorn'd all Advantages, I pleas'd myself with being the Patron of those People I plac'd there, and doing for them in a kind of haughty majestick Way, like an old Patriarchal Monarch; providing for them, as if I had been Father of the whole Family, as well as of the Plantation : But I never so much as pretended
to plant in the Name of any Government or Nation; or to acknowledge any Prince, or to call my People Subjects to any one Nation more than another ; nay, I never so much as gave the Place a Name; but left it as I found it belonging to no Body; and the People under no Difcipline or Goverment but my own; who, tho'l had Influence over them as a Father and BenefaEtor, had no Authority or Power, to Act or Command one way or other, farther than voJuntary Consent mov'd them to comply ; yec even this, had I stay'd there, would have done well enough ; but as I rambl’d from them, and came there no more, the last Letters I had from any of them, was by my Partners Means ; who afterwards sent another Sloop to the Place, and who sent me Word, tho'l had nor the Letter till five Years after it was written ; that they went on but poorly, were Male-content with their Jong Stay there: That Will. Atkins was dead that five of the Spaniards were come away, and that cho' they had not been much molelted by the Savages, yet they had had fome Skirmishes with chem; and that they begg’d of him to write to me, to think of the Promise I had made, to fetch them away, that they might see their own Country again before they dy'd.
But I was gone a Wild Goose Chase indeed ; and they that will have any more of me, must be content to follow me thro' a new Variety of Follies, Hardlhips, and wild Adventures ; wherein the Justice of Providence may be duly observ'd, and we may fee how easily Heaven can gorge us with our own Desires ; make the strongest of our Wishes, be our Afiction, and punith us most severely with those very Things,
which we think, it would be our utmost Happinels to be allow'd in.
Let no wife Man flatter himself, with the Strength of his own Judgment, as if he was able to chuse any particular Station of Life for himself: Man; is a short-lighted Creature, fees but a very little Way before him ; and as his Passions, are none of his best Friends, so his particular Affections, are generally his worst Counsellors.
I lay this, with Respect to the impetuous Defire I had from a Youth, to wander into the World; and how evident it now was, that this Principle was preserv'd in me for my Punishment: How it came on, the Manner, the Cirstance, and the Conclusion of it, it is easy to give you historically, and with its utmost Variety of Particulars: But the secret Ends of Divine Power, in thus permitting us, to be hurry'd down the Stream of our own Delires, is only to be understood by those who can listen to the Voice of Providence, and draw religious Consequences from God's Justice, and their own Mistakes.
Be it, I had Business, or no Business, away I went; 'is no Time now to enlarge any farther upon the Reason, or Absurdity of my own Conduct; but to come to the History, I was embark'd for the Voyage, and the Voyage I went,
I should only add here, that my honest and truly pious Clergy-man left me here; a Ship being ready to go to Lisbon, he ask'd me leave to go thither, being still as he observ'd, bound never to finish any Voyage he began: How happy had it been for me, if I had gone with him!