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and of my union to him.' I great satisfaction of many of
we were all very near being lost. When I was about nineteen. "The Captain at that time thought years old, my father, went to' we were near land, and expected Pennsylvania, in America, and every day to make it; and to gret finding a plantation suitable for into 'port soon. But Gout tad his family, he wrote over for my different purposes in view. The mother and the children to take violence of the storm drove us passage in the 'first vessel and to the eastward. The sea' raged come to Pennsylvania. Accord - greatly. Our masts gave ways ingly. my mother with three and we were in a distressed situdaughter's took passage on board átion,' eveir at' our wit's end. a large ship, which was going Then we tried unto the Lord, with passengers to Philadelphia. and he heard us, and came down
July 28, 1741, 'we sailed from for our deliverance. O that Londonderry, Captain Rowen could praise the Lords for Chis "being commander. For some goodness, and for luist doving. time aster we sailed we had pleas- kindness unto us. by ant weather, and every thing was At that time the Captain agreeable, excepting our sea- thonght proper to put all hands sickness. The ship's company on allowance, as he did not know daily assembled on the quarter- where the ship was, or how long deck for prayers, which were we should be continued in our performed alternately by four or present situation. His reckonfive of the passengers, to the ing was out, and he knew net
where to steer his course. One with land, and came to a place biscuit a day, a small portion of called Newharbour, about thirty meat, and a quart of water was miles east of Kennebeck. Gei. all our allowance. This was ting two small vessels there, continued for ten or twelve day's; they came back for the plunder then we were put on half allow. of the ship, which had been cast ance, excepting the water, which upon a small island and broken was .continued the same. Ten to pieces. They tarricd, until days after, we spoke a ship, they had collected what plunder which supplied us with provi, they pleased to take, with which sion ;, but our allowance was not they returned to Newharbour, increased. The storm was now taking with them a few of the alated, and we were relieved servants and passengers, that from some distressing fears. were on the island. These were
Oct. 28, made land on the sold for their passage ; but in eastern coast; found it to be a this way they were delivered desolate island, or neck of land from their distressing situation, inhabited only by a few Indians. The rest of the passengers were, The ship was anchored, and we left in the most melancholy cirremained a few days on board. cumstances ; but a kind Provi. The Captain and others took the dence furnished us with somelong-boat, and went, hoping to thing to support nature. We find some. French inhabitants; found some muscles on the beach, but returned without any success. which, with sea kelp and dulce, We were then ordered to land we boiled in a pot we had brought on this island. Accordingly on shore, and were nourished by many boats' load of people were them. This was all the food landed, and scattered round the we had for as much as two island, , without any provision. months. A distressing time! The number of people could not, But God supported me even at de presume, be less than a hund- that time, and gave me hopes of red. We were told, that the last relief, which I ever maintained boats should bring us some pro- in the very darkest hour. Evvision, but were disappointed. ery day more or less died around No provision was sent us.
It was observed that the ihe distressed situation ! some men failed sooner than the wocrying, some almost distracted, men, and that a greater propornot knowing what to. do. tion of them died.
There was Death seemed to stare, us all in scarcely one to help another, as the face, and very soon marked every one had sufficient to do out many for his victims. for himself. The provision of
After we were landed, twenty each day was to be sought in the or thirty of the passengers set day, as the manna was in the out to look for inhabitants, but wilderness. were never after heard of. Prob The Indians soon visited us, ably they all perished. The and added much to our distress, Captain, mate, and seamen left robbing is of all they could find, the ship and went in search of which we had brought from the inhabitants. After a few days' ship. Io a severe snow storm vail to the eastward, they fell in we hung our clothes on trees to
shelter us. The Indians came The boy and child were soon afand took them down. When I ter found dead, lying together. offered to resist them, one drew A most sorrowful sight! his hatchet and attempted to I went to see a cousin of mine, strike me. I drew back and left who lay at a little distance in a them to take what they pleased. feeble state, unable to rise. I Among other things they took asked her, whether she had any our pot, in which we boiled our thing to eat. She said, yes, her muscles ; so that we were in a other shipmates gave her mus most distressed situation. At cles, when they got any for length I providentially thought themselves; but added, she of a sauce pan, which some of could eat some boiled dulce, if the passengers had.
I went she could get any. I told her I and found it lying on the ground, would get her some to-morrow, the owners all being dead. On the morrow returning to see
Some further particulars de- her, I found her dead, and severserve to be mentioned. I was al more by her.-Walking along landed in one of the first boats. the shore, I found a boy, about As my mother and sisters were seventeen years old, sitting very landing, one of my sisters died. disconsolate, with a book in his All being in confusion and trou- hand. I said to him, what do ble, there was none to bury her, you do here? He answered, 1 but myself. I performed that am looking for the captain, who service with great composure. is coming to carry me off the I then had to take care of my Island. I said to him, did he miother and other sister, who promise you that favour? Yes, were somewhat helpless. God he said. Well, replied I, don't gave me strength, so that I was depend upon it, for I don't be. enabled to do something for lieve he will ever come here them, as well as for myself. again. Upon this he cried For some time we appeared like bitterly ; but I could not pera very thick neighbourhood, be- suade him to give up his hope, ing divided into separate com and do soinething for a subsispanies. Our company consisted tence. In a few days, he was of wine persons.
found dead, with his book open When the boats were landing, under his head. as I stood on the beach, a child The people began now to die about two years old was put in- very fast. There was no travel. to my arms. I looked round to ling any where, but dead bodies see who was to take it from me, were found, as few were buried. but found no one that would own Ali were so weak and helpless, it. I inquired, who takes care of that they had enough to do to shis child ? A little boy, about keep life in themselves. In this twelve years old, atîswered, no distressing situation we remain. body, Ma'am, but 1. Oh how I ed, until every person, of whom feit, knowing that this child's we had any knowledge on the parents had both died in the ship. Island, was dead, excepting my I was obliged to lay down the mother, my sister, and myself
. child, and leave it to the care of At that time our fire went out, him, who had the care of us all. and we had nothing to strike fire
with: Several snows had fallen, them our distress, one of them but soon melted away. Another asked me, if it were not better snow fell, when we were in such to be servants, than to die on distress for fire. This scene the island. I said, yes. They was of all the most hopeless; then asked me several questions, nothing to cover us, but the hea- which I answered as well as I vens, and nothing to eat, but could. They appeared pitiful, frozen muscles! In about one told us that they had come from day after our fire went out, my Newharbour with two vessels mother died ; and there she lay, for plunder, and offered to take a lifeless corpse, by our side. us on board. We gladly comWe were not able to bury her, plied with their invitation, and or do any thing with her. My were hurried to the vessel. As sister began to fail very fast, and I was rising from the frozen her spirits were very low. I ground by the assistance of one laid me down beside a tree to of the men, I put out my hand rest my head against it; but to take a small bundle, which I soon thought I must not lie had preserved through all our there. I rose, and went down difficulties, and which contained to the beach, got some frozen some clothes and books, espemuscles and carried them to my cially my Bible. Seeing me atsister, who ate them. We then tempt to take it, the men promboth sat down beside a tree. ised to take care of it for me. Now my courage began to fail. Trusting to their honour, I left 1
saw nothing to expect but it with them, but never saw it death ; yet did not wholly give more. I also desired to see my up my hope. There we were, mother buried, before I left the two distressed sisters, surround- island. They engaged to see it ed by dead bodies, without food done ; but I have reason to fear, or fire, and almost without they never performed their enclothing. I had no' shoes to gagement. After we were on my feet, which
were much board, they treated us very swollen by reason of the cold. kindly. The captain gave each The ground was covered with of us a spoonful of spirits and snow, and the season was fast half a biscuit. This was the advancing, it being nearly the first piece of bread we had tastmiddle of December; so that ed for two months. When colwe had every reason to expect lecting the plunder, the people that we should soon share the told us we should have whatever fate of our companions. But at we claimed as belonging to us that time God mercifully ap- in the ship. This was more peared for our relief, and thus than we expected. After plunshowed himself to be the helper dering the ship and stripping of the helpless. To our great the dead, they sailed. Then I surprise, we saw three men saw the last of my miserable on the island, who, when they abode. In five days we arrived approached us, appeared to be at Newharbour. Our new friends Do less surprised to find us live then appeared disposed to take ing. I took courage and spoke advantage of us, and to sell us as to them. Having related to servants to satisfy themselves Vol. II. No. 5.
for their trouble in saving our work, which was going on in the lives. This was a trial almost place. At that time there was“ insupportable. But to our great manifest a general attention to comfort, a man came on board, religion. Having no minister, who was from the same place in the people met together every Ireland, from which we had Sabbath, and frequently on other come. He was kind and pitiful, days, for the purpose of worand endeavoured to comfort us. shipping God in a publio manGod then appeared for us, and ner, by prayer, singing psalms, raised up a friend, who came and reading instructive books. and took us to his house, and in this way their meetings were there tenderly entertained us, made both agreeable and useful.. bidding us be of good cheer, for Some time in the summer ny he would not suffer such ruf- father came to visit us. He infians to take advantage of us. tended to take us with him to This grotleman gave us every Pennsylvania. But before his consolation in his power, and arrival, I had an offer of marconversed with us in a very riage, which my situation seemChristian manner, which was af- ed to urge me to accept. Nor fecting and comforting: He had I ever any reason to repent proved very punctual in fulfill- of my choice. November, 1742, ing his promises. We tarried I was married. My father tarwith him, until we had so far re- ried with us through the winter. covered, as to be able to work The next summer he took my for our living. This gentleman sister and returned to Pennsylwrote to my father in Pennsyl- vania, where he spent the revania, informing him of our sit-' mainder of a very long life, as I uation, and did all he could to trust, in the service of God. forward the letter as soon I lived very agreeably with possible. This was about the my husband thirty years. We last of December, 1741. In the had eight children, two sons and mean time he provided good six daughters. All these, ex. places for us. My sister was cepting one daughter, God has sent to live with a friend of his seen fit to take from me by at a place since called Boothbay, death. But he has graciously and was very happily situated. supported me under the rod of Soon after she went there, a affliction, and enabled me to sing happy revival of religion took both of mercies and of judgplace among the people. I trust ments. that she was made a subject of In the year 1741, when many the work. I tarried at Newhare professed to meet with a divine bour through the winter. The change, my husband was hopenext spring I came to this place, fully brought to embrace the (Georgetown) and was employ- gospel, and gave evidence, both ed in a family, where I enjoyed living and dying, that he was a the privileges of religion, as follower of Christ. My three well as very kind treatment. eldest daughters experienced, as Both the man and his wife were I hope, God's saving grace unprofessors of religion, and were der the ministry of the Rev. greatly animated by the good Ezekiel Emerson, who is still