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Inftructions, I confided to the Cuftody of Mr. Prim. We spent our Time very agreeably, often taking Trips to the Shore, and our New Comrades being all as agreeable as ourselves, we led a Life that was really to be envied. I fhall not take up my Reader's Time in a Description of those Islands which are fo well known, and of which fuch ample Relations are given in Books of Voyages, which may juftify fuch Omiffions in the future Course of my Adventures.

When we had laid here about two Days, a large Ship came in, which Captain Clements knew to be a Ship he had left in Virginia, commanded by Captain Cable; and Prim, he, and myfelf, with two or three more of our Company, went on Board her,. and found that moft Part of the Cargo had been fhipped by Mr. Prim's Overfeer, and was configned to Mr. Ferguson, a Merchant at Glasgow, on his Account. The Captain was glad to fee his Freighter, and foon agreed to take him, Captain Clements, and the Crew of his Ship on Board, and to carry them to that Port; Mr. Prim engaging. to pay what was thought due, over and above. their working their Paffage. We were entertained very nobly on Board, and foon after Prim and his Ship's Company removed to Captain Cable's Ship, giving Capt. Social an Indemnification for their Stay on Board of him. Two of the Hands, being willing, were entertained on Board the Haft

ings,

ftings, and agreed to go to the Indies with Captain Social.

I stayed with Prim in the Veffel he was going Home in, and, in a Day or two after he had left us, all the Gentlemen on Board the Haftings were invited to an Entertainment on Board the York, where we were regaled with the beft the Ship could afford, and Prim was never tired with Captain Clements, of paying their Acknowledgments to us; we had our Mufic with us, and spent the Day in a most agreeable Manner, making an Entertainment of the fame Sort next Day for them in the Haftings; and Prim got a Pipe of Madeira, and fome other Refreshments, which he bestowed as a Prefent on the Crew of the Ship, in Return for the Civilities they had fhewn to his People. He also would infift upon increafing our Stores out of the York, which was extremely well provided for her Voyage to Scotland.

Both Ships having taken in what they had Occa fion for at St. Vincent, and the Wind ferving to. turn out of the Bay, we both weighed, after taking Leave of each other in the most affectionate Manner; Prim and myfelf being almoft meltedinto Tears at Parting. He would make me accept of a Diamond Ring, as a Token of his Love, which I returned by a Prefent of the like Kind; and, having a very fine Gold Repeating Watch, he infifted upon making Captain Social a Present of it

for

for all Favours; and he alfo made fome very pretty Acknowledgments to the other Gentlemen of our

Mefs.

We both got out to Sea, and faluted each other with our Guns, and three Cheers, and their Ship was foon out of Sight.

. It gave me extreme Satisfaction, that I had met with fuch an Opportunity of writing to my dear Friends in England, which I knew would in some Measure eafe them of their Anxiety for my Welfare.

CHAP. XLVI.

They are in Danger from a Water Spout.-He is faved from great Peril by his Servant.Captain Social dies.-They are driven by a Storm to the Southward.-In great Diftrefs. -They meet with Land.-Bear up to the Cape of Good Hope.-Refit their Vessel, and proceed on their Voyage.

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HIS Meeting with Prim spread an Eafe and Calm over my Mind, that was very falutary to me; and no one, that has not been long and tedious Voyages, can imagine how agreeable it is at a great Distance from Home to meet with a

Friend

Friend or a Countryman; you feem then to be enjoying all you have left behind you, and fuch an Interview ftores you with a Number of pleafing Ideas and Remembrances that foften and leffen all the Fatigues you undergo. We touched at St. Helena, where we continued only two Days, and then run away for the Latitude of the Cape; but we were surprised one Morning with the Sight of what the Seamen call a Water Spout, and the more fo, as they are not very frequent on this Side the Cape; for my Part I regarded it as a curious' Inftance of the Wonders of Nature, but did not indulge my Delight fo far as not to be apprehenfive of fome Danger: We were fo near, that we could see the Water afcend thro' this Column of Air, and were obliged to tack, to avoid any ill Confequences that might arife from its breaking, which, at the Discharge of a Swivel, it did, curling the Ocean with a white Foam, as far as Eye could reach. It was very merry to hear the fuperftitious Reafon_ ings of the Sailors upon this Phænomenon; I looked upon it as one of thofe natural Events, that illuftrate and demonftrate the Truth of the new Philofophy. I was attentively viewing its Disappearance, and for that Purpose had ftretched myself fur ther than ordinary out of one of the Cabbin Windows, when the Ship fent an Head fo violently, that I was fuddenly caft out a Prey to the Waves: I beAtirred myself, after the firft Surprize was over, and

began

began to fwim after the Veffel, which made confiderable Way, and was in the utmoft Terror, as I happened to be the only one in the Cabbin, at the Thought of being left by them; but luckily Truman, my Man, cafting his Eyes abroad, difcovered me struggling with the Billows, and making what Efforts I could to raise my Head above Water, in fuch a Manner as to be perceived: He knew me, and, telling the next Perfon to him of what he had feen, immediately jumped over Board to my Affiftance. He was an excellent Swimmer, and foon came up to me, where I was almost spent with Labour and overcome with Defpair, and, flipping under me, fupported me on his Back, till, the Ship being fufficiently now alarmed, the Sails were backed, a Boat put out, and we were taken up more dead than alive, and carried on Board. We foon came to ourselves, and every one congratulated my Deliverance; and I was fo ftruck with this Action of Truman's, that I thought I could not acknowledge his Affection and Attachment too much; and from this Time I gave him a more refpectful Treatment, made him Superintendent of all my Affairs, and, finding him a Man of as good an Head as he had an Heart, I seldom refolved on any Thing, without first asking him his Advice; and by this faithful Servant I reaped many Advantages, as will be perceived in the following Part of my Adventures. Poor Captain Social was attack

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