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each other, in making us Prefents of fuch Things as would, they thought, render our Voyage agreeable. As we had no Fleet, or fingle Ship, going to Europe, we determined to go the fame Way that we fent Truman, and arrived fafely in the City of Batavia, where we had immediately an Opportunity of a Paffage to Holland, in the Yfrow Christana, commanded by Capt. Vander Speigel, which was a remarkable ftout Ship, and well manned, mounting 40 Guns, and carrying 170 Seamen. Having obtained Governor Van Bluck's Licence, which we did with fome Difficulty, to go in her, I had our Effects registered, we embarked, and Itood out to Sea. Before we paffed the Line, we loft our Captain, who was one of the most fottish and brutish Fellows in the World, and was actually fet on Fire by drinking spirituous Liquors, which, at length, burnt out his Entrails, and carried him off. He was fucceeded by a very Gentleman-like Man, Capt. Beeckman; and, as if the Exiftence of this Fellow had retarded, or been the Remora of our Progrefs, the Wind, which had been, till now, unfavourable, fhifted about, and carried us, at a fine Rate, till we fell in with the Cape, where we came to Anchor, along-fide of two Dutch, and three English, Eaft-India-Men, after paying the proper Salutes to the Forts and Ships, and receiving the fuitable Returns to our Compliments.

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CHAP. LII.

His agreeable Surprise, in meeting, unexpectedly, a dear and valuable Friend.-They relate to each other their Adventures.-Mr. Diaper's Account of an unhappy Shipwreck and Efcape.-The Ships fail in Concert.-Are Separated by a violent Storm.

WHEN we had come to Anchor, Mr. Saris

and myself went, with the Captain, and fome other Gentlemen, for Shore, in our Longboat; and, as we paffed along fide of a large English Ship, we enquired her Name, and my Heart jumped from my Bofom almoft, when we were answered, as to that Particular, and that she was commanded by Capt. Friendly. This revived a thousand endeared Ideas in iny Mind, and I begged the Captain to call on Board her, which we did; and, the Minute I fet my Foot on Deck, I enquired, precipitately, Whether Mr. Diaper was on Board? I was answered by the Captain, that I was very lucky if I wanted to fee that Gentleman, as he was Supercargo on Board the next Ship; to which he would do himself the Pleasure to accompany me, as he had not himself feen that valuable Man a great while, his Voyage having been altered, when he left England. When he came there, as I VOL. II.

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was getting up the Ship's Side, I overheard my Friend's Voice talking to fomebody, and purposely covered my Face with my Hat, to surprise him with the unexpected Sight I was going to prefent before him. We were intreated to go into the great Cabbin, where we feated ourselves, and foon after Mr. Diaper entered and faluted us; he was fo altered, that, had it not been for his Voice, I fhould fcarcely have diftinguished him, and for that fympathetic involuntary Recognition my Heart afforded me. I was as much altered myfelf, but, the Moment he heard me speak, he turned his Eyes eagerly towards me, without faying one Word; his Knees tottered under him, and he exclaimed, Great God! I thank thee for this! and would have dropped down, had I not ran to him, and, clasping him in my Arms, could not refrain from Tears: Heavens! I cried, this is Blifs,-unutterable,-inexpreffible,—and pays me for all my Fatigues. To meet thee thus, he rejoined,-who could expect it? And thus, for near a quarter of an Hour, we did nothing but embrace, and utter fuch disjointed Speeches, as our fudden Elevation of Mind could only dictate. Has my Reader known what it is to feel the Warmth of Friendship's fublime and infpiring Sentiments, that Flow of Joy that rufhes o'er the Soul, in obliging and being obliged by difinterefted Virtue? Has he been long absent from the amiable Partner of his Bofom? Has he found her at his Re

turn constant, true and faithful, and equal to all his longing Wifhes? Then he may have felt those Gufts and Starts of paffionate Fondness, that we felt in seeing each other after a feven Years Abfence, and all the Uncertainties it had produced in our Minds of each other's Welfare; that Flood of Joy, that wild tumultuous Roll, that caft afide Body, and left nothing about us but Mind, and wondering, gazing Sight. When we became fomewhat calmer, ftill our Enquiries of each other, made our Converfation a disjointed Medley, in afking Queftions on each Side, without being Mafter enough of ourselves to refolve them. At length I prefented Mr. Saris to him as a valued Friend, who had been, ever fince we met, highly participating in our mutual Satisfaction; and, being obliged to yield to Captain Beeckman's Defires to. go on Shore as foon as poffible, Mr. Diaper obtained Leave of his Captain to accompany us; for though the Supercargoes are fuperior to the Commanders of India Ships, when on Shore at the Factories, they are under the Captain's Direction in the Voyage; when we came on Shore, after again refreshing ourselves, whilft the Captain was employed in his Bufinefs; Mr. Diaper, Mr. Saris, and myself, took a Walk in one of the beautiful Gardens of the Dutch Company, which bloom with all Nature's various Productions, and, fitting down under the fhady Covering of a deK 2 lightful

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lightful Alcove, I related all my Adventures and Succeffes to my Friend; and he in Return gratified me with an Account of all that had happened to himself fince our Separation, by which I underftood to my great Joy, that he never again proposed going to India, having acquired a Fortune of near 30,000l. through various Difficulties and Dangers, with Honour to himself and Satisfaction to his Owners. He now hoped with me we should find all our Friends well, and particularly his adorable Bellair, whom he was hastening to espouse. I found, in his laft Voyage with Captain Friendly, he had been fhipwrecked, and underwent great Difficulties on a barbarous Coaft, whereby he had been a great Lofer; and, that Adventure being very curious and extraordinary, I fhall particularly infert it, as he related it.

The unfortunate Shipwreck and lucky Efcape of
Mr. DIAPER.

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the very Day we left the Cape of Good Hope, which continued with little Intermiffion till we came the Length of the Philippine Iflands; from which, by our Reckonings, we had been driven a great Way to the Eastward, when another violent Storm arose from the S. E. and for near three Weeks

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