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man-of-war would be found, to help us if the winds were foul; and I must do our rascally skipper the justice to say, that he pointed this out to the crew, and begged them to refrain from taking more than a certain small allowance.
"But no! they had been starved. We had a fair breeze, and provisions, and they determined to feast; the consequence was, as had been foretold, we met foul winds after passing the Western Islands, which, through bad navigation, could not be sighted, and again did we run short of water ; and although in a higher latitude and cooler climate, still we suffered terribly. The cabin-boy died, and nearly all the English seamen, and the. cooper became dangerously ill ; and I was so weak as to be hardly able to walk, while the captain, though looking rather distressed at times, was, if possible, more brutal than ever, A fresh west wind sprang up : we squared yards to it ; but could not make much sail, for who was to reduce it if a gale came on ? Ships seemed to avoid us, for we wore all the signs of a ship with the plagueaour yards and sails looking what sailors call 'no how/ and the vessel wallowed in, rather than sailed over the sea.
" We had even ceased to go aloft to look for vessels in sight, and our crew, now reduced to six men, were" We had even ceased to go aloft to look for vessels in sight, and our crew, now reduced to six men, were