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went down to my Father; where, by the Assistance of hiit and my Uncle John, aitNbme other Relations, I got forty Pounds, *-and'a-Promise of thirty Pounds a Year to maintain me at Leyden: There I studied Physic two Years and seven Months, knowing it would be Usesul in long Voyages.'
Soon aster my- Return from Leyden; i was recommended "by my'good Master Mr.' "Bates, to be Surgeon to the Swallow, Captain Abrabam Paitr mil, Commander; with whom I continued three Years and a half, making a Voyage or two into the Levant, and-seme otherParts. When I came back, I resolved to settle in London,- to which Mr. Bate's, my Master, encouraged"me,. and by him I was recommended to several Patients. I took Part of a small House in the Old-Jiiry; and being advised to alter my Condition, I married Mrs. Mary Burton, second Daughter to Mr. Edmund Burton, Hosier, in Newgate-street, with whom I received four hundred Pounds for a Portion.
But, my good Master Bates dying in two Years after, and:I.having sew Friends, my Business began to fail ; for.-any Conscience would not suffer me to imitate ihe bad Practice of too many among my Brethren. Having therefore consulted with my Wise, and some of my Acquaintance, I determined to go again to Sea. I was Surgeon successively in two Ships, and made several Voyages for six Years to the East and West-Indies, by which I got some Addition to my Fortune. My Hours ef Leisure J spent in reading the best Authors, an* tient and modern, being always provided with a good Number of Books ; and when I was ashore, in observing the Manners and Dispositions of the People, aswellas learning their.Language, wherein in t had a great Facility by the Strength of my Memory.
The last os these Voyages not proving very fortunate, I grew weary of the Sea, and intended to flay at Home with my Wise and Family. I removed from the Old-Jury to Fa ter-Lane, and from thence to Wapping, hoping to get Business among the Sailors; but it would not turn to Account. After three Years Expectation that Things would mend, I accepted an advantageous Offer from Captain William Prichard, Master of the Antilote, who was making a Voyage to the South-Sea. We set Sail from Btistol, May 4th, i699, and our .Voyage at sirst was very prosperousIt would not be proper, for some Reasons, to (trouble the Reader with the Particulars of our Adventures in those Seas: Let it sussice to inform him, that, in our Passage from thence to thfc Bast-Indies, we were driven by a violent Storm to the North-West of Van Diemen's Land. By an Observation we sound ourselves in the'Latitude of 30 Degrees z Minutes South. Twelve of our Crew were dead by immoderate Labour, and ill Food, the rest were in a very weak Condition. On the sifth of November, which wastheBeginning of Summer in those Parts, the Weather being very hazy, the Seamen spied a Rock, within half a Cable's Length of the Ship ; but the Wind was so strong, that we were driven directly upon it, and immediately split. Six of the Crew, of whom I was one, having let down the Boat into the Sea, made a Shift to get clear of the Ship and the Rock. We rowed, by my Computation, about three Leagues, till we were able to work no longer, being already spent with Labour while we were in the Ship. We therefore trusted ourselves to the Mer
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cy of the Waves, and in about half an Hour ths Boat was overset by a sadden Flurry from the North. What became of my Companions in the' Boat, as well as of those who escaped on the Rock, or were left in the Vessel, I cannot tell ; but conclude they were all lost. For my own Part, I swam as Fortune directed me, and was pushed forward by Wind and Tide. I often let my Leg$ drop, and could seel no Bottom: But when I was almost gone, and able to struggle no longer, I found myself within my Depth < and by this Time the Storm was much abated. The Declivity was so small, that I walked near a Mile before I got to the Shore, which I conjectured was about eight a Clock in the Evening. I then advanced forward near half a Mile, but could not discover any Sign of Houses or Inhabitants; at least I was in so weak a Condition that I did not observe them. I was extremely tired, and that, and the Heat of the Weather, and about half a Pint of Brandy that I drank as I left the Ship, I found myself much inclined to sleep. I lay 4own on the. Grass, which was very short and soft, where I slept sounder than ever I remembered to have done in my Lise, and, as I reckoned, about nine Hours ; for when I awaked, it was just Day-light. I attempted to lise, but was not able to stir: For as I happened to lie on my Back, I found my'Arms and Legs were strongly fastened on each Side to the Ground; and my Hair, which was long and thick, tied down in the fame Manner. I likewise selt several slender Ligatures across my Body, from my Arm-pits to my Thighs. I could only look upwards, the Sun began to grow hot, and the Light offended my Eyes. I heard a consused Noise about me, but, in the Posture I lay, could see nothing except the
Sky. Sky. In a little Tiine I selt something alive moving on my left Leg, which advancing gently forward, over my Breast, came almost up to my Chin; when bending my Eyes downward as much as I could, I perceived it to be a human Creature not six Inches high, with a Bow and Arrow in his Hands, and a Quiver at his Back. In the mean Time, I selt at least forty more of the fame Kind (as I conjectured) following the sirst. I was in the utmost Astonishment, and roared so loud, that they all ran back in a Fright; and some of them, as I was afterwards told, were hurt with the Falls they got by leaping from my Sides upon the Ground. However, they soon returned, and one of them, who ventured so far as to get a sull Sight of my Face, lifting up his Hands and Eyes by Way of Admiration, cried out in a shrill but distinct Voice, Hekinab Degui: The others repeated 'the fame Words several Times', but I then knew hot what they meant. I lay all this While, as the Reader may believe, in great Uneasiness ; at length, strugglingto get loose, I had the Fortune to break the Strings, and wrench out the Pegs that fastened my left Arm to the Ground; for, by lifting it up to my Face, I discovered the Methods they had taken to bfhd me, and, at the fame Time, with a violentPull, which gave me excessive Pain, I a little loosened the Strings that tied down my Hair on the left Side, so that I was just able to turn my Head about two Inches. But the Creatures ran off a second Time, before I could seize them; whereupon there was a great Shout in a very thrill Accent, and aster it ceased, I heard one of them cry aloud, Tolgo Vhonac; when in an Instant I fert above an hundred Arrows discharged on my left Hand, which prick'd me like so many Needles; B 3 and
and besides, they shot another Flight into the Air^ as we do Bombs in Europe, whereof many, I suppose, sell on my Body (tho' I selt them not) and some on my Face, which I immediately covered with my left Hand. When this Shower of Arrows was over, I sell a groaning with Grief and Pain, and then striving again to get loose, they discharged another Volley larger than the first, and some of them attempted with Spears to stick me in the Sides; but, by good Luck, I had on me a Busf Jerkin, which they could not pierce. I thought it the most prudent Method to lie still, and my Design was to continue so till Night, when, my left Hand being already loose, I could easily free myself: And as for the Inhabitants, I had Reason to believe I might be a Match for the greatest Army they could bring against me, if they were all of the fame Size with him that I faw. But Fortune disposed otherways of me. When the Pedple observed I was quiet, they discharged no more Arrows: But, by the Noise I heard, I knew their Numbers increased; and about four Yards from me, over-against my right Ear, I heard a Knocking for above an Hour, like that of People at Work; when turning my Head that Way, as well as the Pegs and Strings would permit me, I faw a Stage erected, about a Foot and half from the Ground, capable of holding four of the Inhabitants, with two or three Ladders to mount it r From whence one of them, who seemed to be a Person of Quality, made me a long Speech, whereof I understood not one Syllable. But I should have mentioned, that before the principal Person began his Oration, he cried out three Times, Langro Debulsan; (these Words and the former were afterwards repeated and explained to me).