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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Early in the morning ensuing I was visited by the wretch alone
whom I had viewed as chief of the murderous band. As he
entered and cast his eyes upon me, his countenance relaxed from
its usual ferocity to a feigned smile. Without speaking a word,
he seated himself on a bench that the cabin contained, and
drawing a table toward him, leaned upon it resting his cheek
upon his hand. His eyes for some moments were fixed in
stedfast gaze upon the ground, while his whole soul appeared to
be devoured by the most diabolical thoughts. In a few moments
he arose from his seat and hastily traversed the hut, apparently in
extreme agitation, and not unfrequently fixing his eyes stedfastly
upon me. But, that Providence, which while it protects the
innocent, never suffers the wicked to go unpunished, interposed
to save me and to deliver me from the hands of this remorseless
villain, at the very instant when in all probability he intended to
have destroyed my happiness forever.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a sudden the Pirate's bugle was sounded, which (as I was
afterward informed) was the usual signal of a sail in sight. The
ruffian monster thereupon without uttering a word left my
apartment, and hastened with all speed to the place of their
general rendezvous on such occasions. Flattered by the pleasing
hope that Providence might be about to complete her work of
mercy, and was conducting to the dreary island some friendly
aid, to rescue me from my perilous situation, I mustered courage
to ascend to the roof of my hovel, to discover if possible the
cause of the alarm, and what might be the issue.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A short distance from the island I espied a sail which appeared
to be lying to, and a few miles therefrom to the windward,
another, which appeared to be bearing down under a press of sail
for the former—in a moment the whole gang of Pirates, with the
exception of four, were in their boats, and with their oars, etc.,
were making every possible exertion to reach the vessel nearest
to their island; but by the time they had effected their object the
more distant vessel (which proved to be a British sloop of war
disguised) had approached them within fair gunshot, and
probably knowing or suspecting their characters, opened their
ports and commenced a destructive fire upon them. The Pirates
were now, as nearly as I could judge with the naked eye, thrown
into great confusion. Every possible exertion appeared to have
been made by them to reach the island, and escape from their
pursuers.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some jumped from their boats and attempted to gain
the shore by swimming, but these were shot in the water, and the
remainder who remained in their boats were very soon after
overtaken and captured by two well manned boats dispatched
from the sloop of war for that purpose; and, soon had I the
satisfaction to see them all on board of the sloop, and in the
power of those from whom I was fully satisfied that they would
meet with the punishment due to their crimes.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In describing the characters of this Piratical band of robbers, I
have, dear brother, represented them as wretches of the most
frightful and ferocious appearance—blood-thirsty monsters,
who, in acts of barbarity ought only to be ranked with cannibals,
who delight to feast on human flesh. Rendered desperate by
their crimes and aware that they should find no mercy if so
unfortunate as to fall into the hands of those to whom they show
no mercy, to prevent a possibility of detection, and the just
execution of the laws wantonly destroy the lives of every one,
however innocent, who may be so unfortunate as to fall into
their power—such, indeed, brother, is the true character of the
band of Pirates (to the number of 30 or 40) by whom it was my
misfortune to be captured, with the exception of a single one,
who possessed a countenance less savage, and had the
appearance of possessing a heart less callous to the feelings of
humanity.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fortunately for me, as Divine Providence ordered,
this person was one of the four who remained on the island, and
on whom the command involved after the unexpected disaster
which had deprived them forever of so great a portion of their
comrades. From this man (after the capture of the murderous
tyrant to whose commands he had been compelled to yield) I
received the kindest treatment, and assurances that I should be
restored to liberty and to my friends when an opportunity should
present, or when it could be consistently done with the safety of
their lives and liberty.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This unhappy man (for such he declared himself to be) took an
opportunity to indulge me with a partial relation of a few of the
most extraordinary incidents of his life. He declared himself an
Englishman by birth, but his real name and place of nativity was
he said a secret he would never disclose! "although I must (said
he) acknowledge myself by profession a Pirate, yet I can boast
of respectable parentage, and the time once was when I myself
sustained an unimpeachable character. Loss of property, through
the treachery of those whom I considered friends, and in whom I
had placed implicit confidence, was what first led me to and
induced me to prefer this mode of life, to any of a less criminal
nature—but, although I voluntarily became the associate of a
band of wretches the most wicked and unprincipled perhaps on
earth, yet I solemnly declare that I have not in any one instance
personally deprived an innocent fellow creature of life.
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It was an
act of barbarity at which my heart ever recoiled, and against
which I always protested. With the property I always insisted we
ought to be satisfied, without the destruction of the lives of such
who were probably the fathers of families, and who had never
offended us. But our gang was as you may suppose chiefly
composed of and governed by men without principle, who
appeared to delight in the shedding of blood, and whose only
excuse has been that by acting with too much humanity in
sparing life, they might thereby be exposed and themselves
arraigned to answer for their crimes at an earthly tribunal. You
can have no conception, madam (continued he), of the immense
property that has been piratically captured, and of the number of
lives that have been destroyed by this gang alone, and all
without the loss of a single one on our part until yesterday, when
by an unexpected circumstance our number has been reduced as
you see from thirty-five to four!
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This island has not been our
constant abiding place, but the bodies of such as have suffered
here have always been conveyed a considerable distance from
the shore, and thrown into the sea, where they were probably
devoured by the sharks, as not a single one has ever been known
afterward to drift on our shores. The property captured has not
been long retained on this island, but shipped to a neighboring
port, where we have an agent to dispose of it.
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"Of the great number of vessels captured by us (continued he)
you are the first and only female that has been so unfortunate as
to fall into our hands—and from the moment that I first saw you
in our power (well knowing the brutal disposition of him whom
we acknowledged our chief) I trembled for your safety, and
viewed you as one deprived perhaps of the protection of a
husband or brother, to become the victim of an unpitying
wretch, whose pretended regard for your sex, and his repeated
promises of protection, were hypocritical—a mere mask to lull
your fears until he could effect your ruin.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

His hellish designs,
agreeable to his own declarations, would have been carried into
effect the very morning that he last visited you, had not an allwise
Providence interfered to save you—and so sensible am I
that the unexpected circumstance of his capture, as well as that
of the most of our gang, as desperate and unprincipled as
himself, must have been by order of Him, from whose all-seeing
eye no evil transaction can be hidden, that were I so disposed I
should be deterred from doing you any injury through fear of
meeting with a similar fate. Nor do my three remaining
companions differ with me in opinion, and we all now most
solemnly pledge ourselves, that so long as you remain in our
power, you shall have nothing to complain of but the deprivation
of the society of those whose company no doubt would be more
agreeable to you; and as soon as it can be done consistently with
our own safety, you shall be conveyed to a place from which
you may obtain a passage to your friends.

We have now become
too few in number to hazard a repetition of our Piratical
robberies, and not only this, but some of our captured
companions to save their own lives, may prove treacherous
enough to betray us; we are therefore making preparation to
leave this island for a place of more safety, when you, madam,
shall be conveyed and set at liberty as I have promised you."
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Dear brother, if you before doubted, is not the declaration of this
man (which I have recorded as correctly as my recollection will
admit of) sufficient to satisfy you that I owe my life and safety
to the interposition of a Divine Providence! Oh, yes! surely it is
—and I feel my insufficiency to thank and praise my Heavenly
Protector as I ought, for his loving kindness in preserving me
from the evil designs of wicked men, and for finally restoring
me to liberty and to my friends!

I cannot praise Him as I would,
But He is merciful and good.
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From this moment every preparation was made by the Pirates to
remove from the island. The small quantity of stores and goods
which remained on hand (principally of the Ann Eliza's cargo)
was either buried on the island, or conveyed away in their boats
in the night to some place unknown to me. The last thing done
was to demolish their temporary dwellings, which was done so
effectually as not to suffer a vestige of any thing to remain that
could have led to a discovery that the island had ever been
inhabited by such a set of beings. Eleven days from that of the
capture of the Ann Eliza (the Pirates having previously put on
board several bags of dollars, which from the appearance of the
former, I judged had been concealed in the earth) I was ordered
to embark with them, but for what place I then knew not.

About midnight I was landed on the rocky shores of an island
which they informed me was Cuba, they furnished me with a
few hard biscuit and a bottle of water, and directed me to
proceed early in the morning in a northeast direction, to a house
about a mile distant, where I was told I would be well treated
and be furnished with a guide that would conduct me to
Mantansies. With these directions they left me, and I never saw
them more.
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At daybreak I set out in search of the house to which I had been
directed by the Pirates, and which I had the good fortune to
reach in safety in about an hour and a half. It was a humble
tenement thatched with canes, without any flooring but the
ground, and was tenanted by a man and his wife only, from
whom I met with a welcome reception, and by whom I was
treated with much hospitality. Although Spaniards, the man
could speak and understand enough English to converse with
me, and to learn by what means I had been brought so
unexpectedly alone and unprotected to his house.

Though it was
the same to which I had been directed by the Pirates, yet he
declared that so far from being in any way connected with them
in their Piratical robberies, or enjoying any portion of their illgotten
gain, no one could hold them in greater abhorrence.
Whether he was sincere in these declarations or not, is well
known to Him whom the lying tongue cannot deceive—it is but
justice to them to say that by both the man and his wife I was
treated with kindness, and it was with apparent emotions of pity
that they listened to the tale of my sufferings. By their earnest
request I remained with them until the morning ensuing, when I
set out on foot for Mantansies, accompanied by the Spaniard
who had kindly offered to conduct me to that place, which we
reached about seven in the evening of the same day.
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At Mantansies I found many Americans and Europeans, by
whom I was kindly treated, and who proffered their services to
restore me to my friends, but as there were no vessels bound
direct from thence to Antigua or St. Johns, I was persuaded to
take passage for Jamaica, where it was the opinion of my friends
I might obtain a passage more speedily for one or the other
place, and where I safely arrived after a pleasant passage of four
days.
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