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

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saying another word; and the day following we committed his body to the deep.  Every man on board loved this man, and regretted his death; but I was exceedingly affected at it, and I found that I did not know, till he was gone, the strength of my regard for him.  Indeed I had every reason in the world to be attached to him; for, besides that he was in general mild, affable, generous, faithful, benevolent, and just, he was to me a friend and a father; and, had it pleased Providence that he had died but five months before, I verily believe I should not have obtained my freedom when I did; and it is not improbable that I might not have been able to get it at any rate afterwards.  The captain being dead, the mate came on the deck, and made such observations as he was able, but to no purpose.  In the course of a few days more, the few bullocks that remained were found dead; but the turkies I had, though on the deck, and exposed to so much wet and bad weather, did well, and I afterwards gained near three hundred per cent, on the sale of them; so that in the event it proved a happy circumstance for me that I had not bought the bullocks I intended, for they must have perished with the rest; and I could not help looking on this, otherwise trifling circumstance, as a particular providence of God, and I was thankful accordingly.  The care of the vessel took up all my time, and engaged my attention entirely.  As we were now out of the variable winds, I thought I should not be much puzzled to hit upon the islands.  I was persuaded I steered right for Antigua, which I wished to reach, as the nearest to us; and in the course of nine or ten days we made this island, to our great joy; and the next day after we came safe to Montserrat.  Many were surprised when they heard of my conducting the sloop into the port, and I now obtained a new appellation, and was called Captain.  This elated me not a little, and it was quite flattering to my vanity to be thus styled by as high a title as any free man in this place possessed.  When the death of the captain became known, he was much regretted by all who knew him; for he was a man universally respected.  At the same time the sable captain lost no fame; for the success I had met with increased the affection of my friends in no small measure.


[Footnote U:  Acts, chap. xii. ver. 9.]


The author, to oblige Mr. King, once more embarks for Georgia in one of his vessels—­A new captain is appointed—­They sail, and steer a new course—­Three remarkable dreams—­The vessel is shipwrecked on the Bahama bank, but the crew are preserved, principally by means of the author—­He sets out from the island with the captain, in a small boat, in quest of a ship—­Their distress—­Meet with a wrecker—­Sail for Providence—­Are overtaken again by a terrible storm, and are all near perishing—­Arrive at New Providence—­The
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