The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African eBook

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morning they took me away to the jail.  As I did not return to the ship all night, my captain, not knowing where I was, and being uneasy that I did not then make my appearance, he made inquiry after me; and, having found where I was, immediately came to me.  As soon as the good man saw me so cut and mangled, he could not forbear weeping; he soon got me out of jail to his lodgings, and immediately sent for the best doctors in the place, who at first declared it as their opinion that I could not recover.  My captain on this went to all the lawyers in the town for their advice, but they told him they could do nothing for me as I was a negro.  He then went to Doctor Perkins, the hero who had vanquished me, and menaced him, swearing he would be revenged of him, and challenged him to fight.—­But cowardice is ever the companion of cruelty—­and the Doctor refused.  However, by the skilfulness of one Doctor Brady of that place, I began at last to amend; but, although I was so sore and bad with the wounds I had all over me that I could not rest in any posture, yet I was in more pain on account of the captain’s uneasiness about me than I otherwise should have been.  The worthy man nursed and watched me all the hours of the night; and I was, through his attention and that of the doctor, able to get out of bed in about sixteen or eighteen days.  All this time I was very much wanted on board, as I used frequently to go up and down the river for rafts, and other parts of our cargo, and stow them when the mate was sick or absent.  In about four weeks I was able to go on duty; and in a fortnight after, having got in all our lading, our vessel set sail for Montserrat; and in less than three weeks we arrived there safe towards the end of the year.  This ended my adventures in 1764; for I did not leave Montserrat again till the beginning of the following year.

END OF THE FIRST VOLUME.

They ran the ship aground:  and the fore part stuck fast, and
remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with
the violence of the waves. 

          
                                                              Acts xxvii. 41.

Howbeit, we must be cast upon a certain island;

Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer:  for I believe God, that it
shall be even as it was told me. 
Acts xxvii. 26, 25.

Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received
a little thereof.

In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep
falleth on men. 
Job iv. 12, 13.

Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,

To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with
the light of the living. 
Job xxxiii. 29, 30.

VOLUME II

CHAP.  VII.

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