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