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Spaniard down; and then two Spaniards more came in to help their Man, and a third English Man fell in upon them: They had none of them any Fire Arms, or any other Weapons but Hatchets and other Tools, except this third English Man, he had one of my old rusty Cutlashes, with which he made at the two last Spaniards, and wounded them both : This Fray set the whole Family in an Up roar, and more Help coming in, they took the three English Men Prisoners. The next Question was, What should be done with them, they had been so often mutinous, and were so furious, so desperate, and so idle withal, that they knew not what Course to take with them; for they were mischievous to the highest Degree, and valued not what Hurt they did to any Man; so that, in short, it was not safe to live with them.
The Spaniard, who was Governour, told them in so many Words, That if they had been of his own Country, he would have hang’d them; for all Laws and all Governours was to preserve Society; and those who were dangerous to the Society, ought to be expell’d out of it; but as they were English Men, and that it was to the generous Kindness of an English Man that they all ow'd their Preservation and Deliverance, he would use them with all possible Lenity, and would leave them to the Judgment of the other two English Men, who were their Countrymen.
One of the two honest English Men stood up, and said they desir'd it might not be left to thein; for, says he, I am sure we ought to sentence them to the Gallows; and with that he gives an Account how Will. Atkins, one of the three, had proposed to have all the five English Men join together, and mur
ther all the Spaniards when they were in their Sleep.
When the Spanih Governour heard this, he calls to William Atkins, How Seignior Atkins, says he, would you murther us all? What have you to say to that? That hardened Villain was so far from denying it, that he said it was true, and G--d d--m him they would do it still before they had done with them. Well, but Seignior Atkins, says the Spaniard, What have we done to you, that you will kill us? And what would you get by killing us? And what must we do to prevent you killing us ? Muft we kill you, or you will kill us? Why will you put us to the Necessity of this, Seignior Atkins, says the Spaniard very calmly and smiling,
Seignior Atkins was in such a Rage at the Spaniard's making a Jest of it, that had he not been held by three Men, and withal had no Weapons near him, it was thought he would have attempted to have kill'd the Spaniard in the Middle of all the Company.
This hair-brain’d Carriage oblig'd them to consider seriously what was to be done; the two Englijb Men and the Spaniard who sav'd the poor Savage was of the Opinion, they should hang one of the three for an Example to the rest, and that particularly, it should be he that had twice attempted to commit Murther with his Hatchet, and indeed there was some Reason to believe he had done it, for the poor Savage was in such a miferable Condition, with the Wound he had receiv'd, that it was thought he could not live.
But the Governor Spaniard still faid No, it was an English Man that had say’d all their Lives, and he would never consent to put an English Man to Death, tho' he had murther'd half of them, nay, he faid, if he had been kill'd himself by an English Man, and had Time left to speak, it should
be, that they should pardon him.
This was fo positively insisted on by the Governor Spaniard, that there was no gain-saying it, and as merciful Councils are most apt to prevail where they are so earnestly press’d, so they all came into it; but then it was to be consider'd, what should be done to keep them from doing the Mischief they design’d; for all agreed, Governor and all, that Means were to be used for preserving the Society from Danger; after a long Debate it was agreed, First, That they should be disarm’d, and not permitted to have either Gun, or Powder, or Shot, or Sword, or any Weapon, and should be turn'd out of the Society, and left to live where they would, and how they would, by themfelves; but that none of the rest, either Spaniards or English should converse with them, speak with them, or have any thing to do with them; that they fhould be forbid to come within a certain Diltance of the place where the rest dwelt, and if they offer'd to commit any Disorder, so as to spoil, burn, kii), or destroy any of the Corn, Plantings, Buildings, Fences, or Cattle belonging to the Society, they should dye without Mercy, and they would shoot them wlierever they could find them.
The Governor, a Man of great Humanity, musing upon the Sentence, consider'd a little up
on it, and turning to the two honest English Meni said, Hold, you must reflect, that it will be long e'er they can raise Corn and Cattle of the r own, and they must not llarve : We must therefore allow them Provisions, so he caused to be added, That they should have a Proportion of Corn given them to last them eight Months, and for Seed to low, by which Time they might be suppos’d to raise some of their own;-that they should have fix. Milch Goats, four He-Goats, and fix Kids given them, as well for present Subsistence, as for a Store; and that they should have Tools given them for their Work in the Fields; such as, six Hatchets, an Axe, a Saw, and the like : But they should have none of these Tools, or Provisions, unless they would swear solemnly, that they would not hurt or injure-any of the Spaniards with them, or of their Fehow English Men.
Thus they dismilsd them the Society, and turn'd them out to shift for themselves. They went away sullen and refractory, as neither contented to go away, or to stay ; but, as there was no Remedy, they went, pretending, to go and choose a Piace where they would settle themselves to plant and live by themselves, and some Provisiwere given them, but no Weapons.
About four or five Days after, they came again for some Victuals, and gave the Governor an Account where they had pitch'd their Tents, and mark'd themselves out a Habitation and Planation; and it was a very convenient Place indeed, on the remotest Part of the Illand, N. E. much about the place where I larded in my first Voyage, when I was driven out to Sea, the Lord knows whether, in my Attempt to surround the Jand.
Here they built themselves two handsome Huts, and contriy'd them, in a Manner, like my first Habitation, being close under the Side of a Hill, having some Trees growing already on three Sides of it, so that by planting others, it would be very easily cover'd from the Sight, unless narrowly search'd for; they desir'd fome dryed GoatsSkins for Beds and Covering, which were given them, and upon giving their Words, that they would not disturb the rest, or injure any of their Plantations, they gave them Hatchets, and what other Tools they could spare ; fome Peas, Barley, and Rice, for sowing; and in a Word, any thing they wanted, but Arms and Ammunition.
They liv'd in this separate Condition about fix Months, and had gotten in their first Harvest, tho the Quantity was but small
, the Quantity of Land they had planted being but litte; for indeed, having all their Plantation to form, they had a great deal of Work upon their Hands; and when they came to make Boards and Pots, and such Things, they were quite out of their Element, and could make nothing of it; and when the rainy Season came on, for want of a Cave in the Earth, they could not keep their Grain dry, and it was in great Danger of spoiling; And this humbled them much ; so they came and begg’d the Spaniards to help them, which they very readily did, and in four Days work'd a great Hole in the Side of the Hill for them, big enough to secure their Corn, and other Things from the Rain, but it was but a poor Place, at best, compar'd to mine; and especially, as mine was then, for the Spaniards had greatly enlarg’d it, and made several new Apartments in it.