appointed to make enquiry into the whole affair were
three commanders of ships, persons of distinguish’d
merit and honour. However, it was afterwards
thought proper not to admit us to any examination,
till the arrival of the commodore, or else Captain
Cheap. And it was also resolv’d, that not
a person of us should receive any wages, or be employed
in his majesty’s service, till every thing relating
to the Wager was more plain and conspicuous.
There was no favour shewn in this case to one more
than another, so that every body seem’d easy
with their l——ps’ resolution.
All that we have to wish for now is the safe arrival
of the commodore and Captain Cheap: We are in
expectation of soon seeing the former, but of the
captain we have as yet no account. However, we
hope, when the commodore shall arrive, that the character
he will give of us will be of service to us:
He was very well acquainted with the behaviour of every
officer in his squadron, and will certainly give an
account of them accordingly.
 In reprinting this very curious and scarce Narrative,
we have thought
it proper to adhere to the
orthography and contractions of the
The former are little different from the present
standard, and the latter cannot
give any trouble to the reader.
Altogether, this is a composition
not without merit sufficient to
warrant its being preserved.—E.