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the next Feaft. The English Men seem'd mighty desirous to see those Prisoners, but the other mistaking them, thought they were desirous to have some of them to carry away for their own eating. So they beckoned to them, pointing to the setting of the Sun, and then to the rising, which was to signify, that the next Morning at Sun rising they would bring some for them, and accordingly the next Morning they brought down five Women and eleven Men, and gave them to the English Men, to carry with them on their Voyage, just as we would bring so many Cows and Oxen down to a Sea-Port Town, to victual a Ship.
As brutish and barbarous as these Fellows were at Home, their Stomachs turn'd at this Sight, and they did not know what to do; to refuse the Prisoners, would have been the highest Affront to the Savage Gentry that offer'd them; and what to do with them they knew not ; however upon some Debates they refolv'd to accept of them, and in return they gave the Savages that brought them one of their Hatchets, an old Key, a Knife, and fix or seven of their Bullets, which tho they did not understand, they seem'd extremely pleas'd with: And then tying the poor Creatures Hands behind them, they (the People) dragg’d the ners into the Boat for our Men.
The English Men were obliged to come away as soon as they had them, or else they that gave them this noble Present, would certainly have expected that they should have gone to work with them, have kill'd two or three of them the next Morning, and perhaps have invited the Donors to. Dinner. But having taken their Leave with all the Re
fpe&s and Thanks that could well pass between People, where on either Side they understood not one Word they could say, they put off with their Boat and came back towards the first Isand, where, when they arrived, they set eight of their Prisoners at Liberty, there being too many of them for their Occasion.
In theịr Voyage they endeavoured to have some Communication with their Prisoners, but it was impossible to make them understand any thing; nothing they could say to them, or give them, or do for them, but was look'd upon as going about to murder them. They first of all unbound them, but the poor Creatures skream'd at that, especially the Women, as if they had just felt the Knife at their Throats; for they immediately concluded they were unbound on purpose to be kill’d.
If they gave them any thing to eat it was the same thing ; they then concluded it was for fear they should sink in Flesh, and so not be fat enough to kill. If they look'd at one of them more particularly, the Party presently concluded, it was to see whether he or she was fattest and fittest to kill. Nay, after they had brought them quite over, and began to use them kindly, and treat them well, fill they expected every Day to make a Dinner or a Supper for their new Masters,
When the three Wanderers had given this uniaccountable History, or Journal of their Voyage, the Spaniard ask'd them, Where their new Family was, and being told that they had brought them on Shore, and put them into one of their Huts, and were come up to beg fome Vi&uals for them ; they, (the Spaniards) and the other two English
Men, that is to say, the whole Colony, resolvid to go all down to the Place and see them,' and did so, and Friday's Father with them.
When they came into the Hut, there they sat all bound; for when they had brought them on Shore, they bound their Hands that they might not take the Boat and make their Escape. There, I say, they fat, all of them stark naked : First, there were three Men, lusty comely Fellows, well shap'd, strait and fair Limbs, about thirty 'to thirty five Years of Age; and five Women, whereof two might be from thirty to forty, two more not above four or five and twenty, and the fifth a tall comely Maiden about fixteen or seventeen The Women were well favour'd agreeable Persons, both in Shape and Features, only tawny, and two of them, had they been perfect white, would have pass'd for very handsome Women even in London it self, having pleasant agreeable Countenances, and of a very modeft Behaviour, especially when they came after wards to be cloathed, and dress’d, as they call’d it, tho' the Dress was very indifferent it must be confess'd ; of which hereafter.
The Sight, you may be sure, was something uncouth to our Spaniards; who were (to give them a jult Character) Men of the best Behaviour, of the most calm, sedate Tempers, and perfect good Humour that ever I met with, and in particular, of the most Modesty, as will presently appear : I say, the Sight was very uncouth, to see two naked Men, and five naked Women, all together bound, and in the most miserable Circumstances that human Nature could be suppos'd to be, (viz.) to be expecting every Moment to be dragg’d out,
and have their Brains knock'd out, and then to be eaten up like a Calf that is kill'd for a Dainty,
The first Thing they did, was to cause the old Indian, Friday's Father, to go in and see first if he knew any of them, and then if he understood any of their Speech: As soon as the old Man came in, he look'd seriously at them, but knew none of them; neither could any of them understand a Word he said, or a Sign he could make, except one of the Women.
However, this was enough to answer the End, which was to satisfy them, that the Men into whose Hands they were fallen, were Christians; that they abhor'd eating of Men or Women, and that they might be sure they would not be killd: As soon as they were assur'd of this, they discover'd such a Joy, and by such aukward, and several Ways, as is hard to describe; for it seems they were of several Nations.
The Woman, who was their Interpreter, was bid in the next Place to ask them, if they were willing to be Servants, and to work for the Men who had brought them away, to save their Lives; at which they all fell a Dancing; and presently one fell to taking up this, and another that, any Thing that lay next, to carry on their Shoulders, to intimate that they were willing to work.
The Governour, who found, that the having Women among them would presently be attended with some Inconvenience, and might occasion some Strife, and perhaps Blood; ask'd the three, Men, what they intended to do with these Wom men, and how they intended to use them; wheG4
ther as Servants, or as Women? One of the Enge lijf Men answer'd very boldly and readily, That they would use them as both: To which the Governour said, I am not going to restrain it, you are your own Masters as to that: But this I think is but just, for avoiding Disorders and Quarrels among you, and I desire it of you, for that Reason only, viz. That you will all engage, that if any of you take any of these Women, as a Woman or Wife, that he shall take but one; and that having taken one, none else shall touch her; for tho' we cannot marry any
yoll, yet ’tis' but reasonable, that while you stay here, the Woman any of you takes, should be maintain'd by the Man that takes her, and should be his Wife, I mean, says he, while he continues here, and that none else shall have any Thing to do with her : All this appear'd so just, that every one agreed to it without any Difficulty.
Then the English Men ask'd the Spaniards, if they design'd to take any of them? But evefy one of them answer'd, NO: Some of them faid, they had Wives in Spain, and the others did not like Women that were not Christians; and all together declar'd, that they would not touch one of them, which was an Instance of such Virtue, as I have not met with in all my Travels. On the other hand, to be short, the five English Men took them every one a Wife, that is to say, a temporary Wife; and so they set up a new Form of Living; for the Spaniards aúd Friday's Father liv'd in my old: Habitation, which hey had enlarg’d exceedingly within. The three Servants, which were taken in the late Battle of the Savages, liv’d with them; and these carry'd on the main Part of the Colony, fupply