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mea increased too, as much as could be desired y principal conspirators, that they might, when for the time; but the Friday after, which was they were on shore, consult their measures for about five days from the first discovery, one of || good and all. the midshipmen came and desired to speak with . I had all that day (Monday) to order my preme, and desired it might not, if possible, be knowu || parations, and upon this plain intelligence I rethat he was with me. I asked him if he desired solved to lose no time, nor was it long before I to be alone; he said no, I might appoint who resolved what to do ; for as their design was I thought convenient that I could trust, but desperate, so I had nothing but desperate remethat what he had to say was of the last import. dies to provide. Having therefore, as I say, ance to all our lives, and that therefore he settled my measures, I called for the cockswain, hoped I would be very sure of them who I trusted and bid him man the pinnace, for that I was to in such a case. Upon this I told him I would name go on shore, and I appointed only the super. the chief mate, the French captain, and the cargo, and the surgeon, and the French captain supercargo, and in the meantime I bid him not to go with mo. be too much surprised, for that I had already
There were no English ships in the road, but some warning of the thing which I believed he
there were about five Dutch ships, homeward had to tell me of, and that I was preparing all
bound, waiting for more, and three outward things to disappoint it; that, however, I should
bound. As I passed by one of the outward bound not value his fidelity the less, and that he might || East India ships, the French captain, as we had speak freely his mind before those men, for || agreed before, pretended to know the ship, and they were all in the secret already, and he might | that the commander was his old acquaintance, be sure both of protection and reward.
and asked me to give him leave to visit him, and Accordingly, I bid him go out upon the quar.
told me he was sure he would make us all wel. ter deck, and walk there, and that when the
come. I seemed unwilling at first, telling him I chief mate went off into the round-house, he
intended to go on shore, and pay my respects to should go down between decks, as if he was
the governor, and, as was usual, to ask him leave going into his cabin to sleep, and that when he
to buy some provisions, and that the governor heard the chief mate call the cabin-boy, a black
would take it very ill if I did not go. However, of mine, whose name was Spartivento, he should
upon his alleging that we would not stay, and take that for a signal that the steerage was that the Dutch captain, upon his going on board, clear, and he might come up, and should be let
would, he was sure, give us a letter of recominto the great cabin; all which was so managed, I mendation to the governor. by which we should and in so short a time, that he was with us in
| have everything granted that we could desire. the great cabin in a quarter of an hour after the Upon this, and his importunity, I seemed to con. first conference, and none of the men perceived sent, and we all went on board. it.
Captain Merlotte, who spoke Dutch very well, Here he let me into the whole secret, and a
hailed the ship, asked the captain's name, and black project it was, viz., that the second mate,
then asked if he was on board; they answered the gunner, three midshipmen, the cockswain,
yes. Then he bid them tell him that the captain and about six-and-thirty of the men, had resolved
of the English ship was come to visit him ; upon to mutiny and seize upon all us who were in the
which, immediately, their chief mate bade them new project, as they called it; and to confine us
man the side, and stood at the side to receive us, first, then to set us on shore, either there where
and before we could get up, the Dutch captain we were, or somewhere else, and so carry the
came upon the quarter-deck to meet me, and ship away to the South Seas, and then to do as |
with great civility invited me into his cabin ; and they found convenient; that is to say, in a word,
while we were there, the chief mate, by the to seize upon me, the other captain, the French
| captain's order, entertained the boat's crew with captain, the supercargo, chief mate, doctor, and
like civility. carpenter, with some others, and run away with the ship.
When we were in the cabin, Captain Merlotte He told me that they had not fully consulted | told the Dutch captain that we came indeed to all thcir measures, nor gained so many of the him in the form of a visit, but that our business men as they intended; that they were to sound was of the greatest importance, and begged we some more of the men the next morning; and
might speak to him of it in the hearing of none as soon as they had made their number up fifty, ||
but such as he could trust. The captain told us they were resolved to make the attempt, which
with the greatest open-heartedness imaginable, they did not question would be by Thursday,
we and this was Monday morning; and that if they
looked like honest men, and he would grant our were then ready, they would make the onset at
desire; we should speak it in the hearing of none changing the watch the same evening. He
but those we could trust, for there should be added, that as they were to go on shore the next l nobody by but ourselves. morning for fresh water, I should know the truth We made him fully sensible that we knew how of it by this, that the second mate would come obliging that compliment was, but begged he to mc, and tell me that they wanted more water, || would admit any whom he thought worthy to be and to know, if I pleased, the boats should go on || trusted with a secret of the last importance. shore, and that, if I pleased, he would go with He then carried it as far the other way, and told them, or any else whom I pleased to appoint ; || us, that theu he must call in the whole ship's and that upon supposition that I would leave it | || company, for that there was not a man in the to him, to take who he thought fit to go with || ship' but he could trust his life in his hands. him, he would then take occasion to choose the II However upon the whole, he sent everybody out of the cabin but us three and himself, and then || mate came to me, and told me they wanted more desired we would speak our minds freely.
water, and if I pleased to order the boat on shore, Captain Merlotte, who spoke Dutch, began, || he would go, if I thought fit, and see if he could but the captain interrupted him, and asked if the get any fresh provisions, the purser being indis English captain (meaning me) spoke Dutch ; || posed.' I told him-Yes, with all my heart, that he said no; upon which he asked Captain Mer- | the Dutch captain, last night, had given me a lotte if he spoke English, and he said, “ Yes." | letter to the governor, to desire we might be fur. Upon wbich he let me know that he understood | nished with whatever we had occasion for, and English, and desired I would speak to him in that I had thoughts of calling for him to go on English.
shore and deliver it, and that perhaps the goverI was heartily glad of this, and began imme nor might make him some present in compliment diately with the story, for we had time little to the English nation. enough. I told him that he was particularly He seemed extremely pleased at this, and even happy that, as he said, he could put his life in the elevated, and going out to give orders about the hand of any man, the meanest in his ship; that || boat, ordered the long-boat and the shallop, and my
and came in again, and asked me who I pleased to then beginning at the first of the story, I gave have go along with him. I answered smilingly him a full account of the whole, as related to him, “ Pick and choose them yourself ; only above.
leave the pinnace's crew, that went with me yes He was extreinely affected with it, and asked || terday, because they must go on board again i me what he could do to serve me, and assured || to carry the Dutch captain a little present of me that he would not only do what in him lay, | English beer that I am going to send him, and but would engage all the ships in the road to || fetch a-board their drunken cockswain, wbo was do the like, and the governor also on shore. 1 || so drunk we were fain to leave him behind us. thanked him very sincerely, and told him, that This was just what he wanted; and we found what at present was the thing I thought lay be- he chose all the chief rogues of the conspiracy; fore me was this, viz., that the chief conspirators || such as the boatwain, the gunner, the midship. would be on shore to-morrow, with one, or per-|| men we spoke of, and such of the foremast-men haps two, of our boats, to fetch water, and get | as he had secured in his design; and of the some fresh provisions, and I would be very glad rest, we judged they were in the plot, because ! to have them seized upon by surprise when they he took them with him; and thus, having the were on shore, and that I then thought I could long-boat and the shallop, with about six-andmaster the rest on board well enough.
thirty men with them, away they went to fill * Leave that to me," says he, “I'll give the
water. governor notice this evening, and as soon as they When they came on shore they had presently !! come on shore they shall be all seized. But," three Dutchmen, set by the Dutch captain, 20. says he, “ if you think they may incline to make perceived by them, to be spies upon them, and any resistance, I'll write a line to the governor, || to mark exactly what they did ; and at the same and give it you now; then, when your men go on time, they found three boats of Dutchmen at shore, order one or two of the principal rogues | the watering-place, for the captain had gotten to go and wait on the governor with the letter two boats to go on shore from two other ships, from you, and when he receives it, he shall secure full of men also, having acquainted them with them there; so they will be divided and taken the design. As soon as our boats came on shore, with the more ease."
the men appeared to be all very much engaged “ In the meantime," adds he, “while this is in something more than ordinary, and instead of doing on shore, I'll come on board your ship, separating, as it was expected they should, they with my long-boat and pinnace, and as many men went all into one boat, and there they were as you please, to repay you the compliment of mighty busily engaged in discourse one with anthis visit, and assist you in reducing the rest.” other.
This was so kind and so completely what I The Dutch captain had given the charge of desired, that I could have asked nothing more these things to a brisk, bold fellow, his mate, and or less; and I accepted his visit in his barge, he took the hints the captain gave him so well, which I thought would be enough, but was afraid that nothing could have been better; for finding that if more came, our men might be alarmed, || the men thus in a kind of cabal, he takes four of and take arms before I was ready; so we agreed his men, with muskets on their shoulders, like upon that, and that if I desired more help, I the governor's men, and goes with them to the should hang out a signal, viz., a red antient on Englishmen's boat, and asks for their officer, the the mizen top.
second mate, who upon this appears. He tells All things being thus consulted, I returned on them he comes from the governor, to know if board, pretending to our men that I had spent so they were Englishmen, and what their business much time on board the Dutch ship, that I could was on shore there. The mate answered, they not go on shore ; and indeed some of my men came from on board the English ship, that they were so drunk that they could scarce sit to their were driven there from stress of weather, and oars; and the cockswain was so very drunk, that hoped they might have leave to fill water and I took occasion to ask leave publicly to leave him buy necessaries for their money. He told them on board till the next day, giving the Dutch cap- | he supposed the governor would not refuse there tain, also, a hint that he was in the conspiracy, when he knew who they were, but that it was and I should be glad to leave him on that ac but good manners to ask leave. The English. count.
man told him that he had not yet filled any The next day, about nine o'clock, the second ll water, or bought any provisions, and that he had
a letter to the governor from the captain, which || notice being given to the English seamen, that if he supposed was to pay the usual civilities to they fired one gun, they should have no quarter, him, and to give him the civility of asking leave, and especially their two principal men, the chief as was expected.
mate and the gunner, being absent, they subThe Dutchman answered, that was “ Hael mitted, and were all made prisoners also, weel,” that he might go and carry it, if he pleased, When this was done, of which the Dutch cap. then, and if the governor gave them leave, all tain had notice by a signal from the shore, he was right, and as it should be ; but that the men came off in his shallop, with about sixteen sea. could not be admitted to come on shore till his men, and five or six gentlemen and officers, to return. Upon this, away goes the second mate pay his visit to me. I received him with all the of our ship, and three of the men with him, appearance of ceremony imaginable, caused a whereof the gunner was one ; for he had asked || handsome dinner to be prepared for him, and the Dutchman how many he might carry with caused his men to be all treated upon the deck, him, and he told him, three or four ; and those and made mighty preparations for a feast. he took, you may be sure, were of the particular But in the middle of all this Captain Merlotte, men whom he had a confidence in, because of with all his Frenchmen, being thirty-two, aptheir conversing together by the way.
peared in arms on the quarter-deck; the Dutch When they came to the governor, the mate captain's attendants stood to their arms on the sent in a message first, viz. That he was come main deck, and I, with the supercargo, the from on board the English ship in the Road, and doctor, and the other captain, leaving the Dutch that he had a letter from the captain to his ex captain and some men in the great cabin as cellency. The governor, who had notice given a reserve, came to the steerage-door, cleared the him of the business, sends out word, that the steerage behind me, and stood there with a cutgentlemen should send in the letter, and the las in my hand, but said nothing ; neither was governor would give them an answer. In the there a word spoke anywhere all the while. meantime, there appeared a guard of soldiers at In this juncture the chief mate, the faithful the governor's house, and the four Englishmen midshipmen, the carpenter, and the gunner's mate, were let into the outer room, where the door was with about twenty men who they could trust, shut after them, and the soldiers stood without went fore and aft between decks, and secured all the door, and more soldiers in another room, the particular men that we had the least suspicion between them and the parlour which the gover of, being no less than thirty-five more; these they nor sat in.
secured, bringing them up into the steerage, After some time the mate was called in, and where their hands were tied behind them, and the governor told him that he had read the letter they were commanded not to speak one word to which he had brought, and asked him, by an in. another, upon pain of present death terpreter, if he knew the contents of it. He When this was done the chief mate came to answered - No. The governor replied, he sup- || me to the steerage-door, and passing by, went posed not; for if he had, he would scarce have | forward on with his men, entered the cook-room, brought it; at the same time told him, he was and posted himself at the cook-room door. obliged to make him and all his men prisoners, at | There might be still about eighty men upon the the request of their own captain, for a conspiracy |forecastle, and midships upon the open decks; to raise a mutiny, and run away with the ship. and there they stood staring, and surprised at Upon which two great fat Dutchmen came up what what was doing ; but not being able to to him, and bid him deliver his sword, which he guess in the least what was meant, what was the did, with some reluetance, for he was a stout, cause of it, or what was intended to be done desperate, and strong fellow; but he saw it all farther. to no purpose to dispute or resist.
When I found all things ready, I stepped forAt the same time, the three men without were ward a step or two, and beckoning to the mate made prisoners also by the soldiers. When the to command silence, I told the men that I was governor had thus secured these men, he called | not disposed to hurt any man, nor had I done what them in, and inquired the particulars of the! I now did, but by necessity, and that I expected case, and expostulated with them very courteously they should all submit; that if any one of them upon such a horrid, villanous practice, and in- | made the least resistance he was a dead man, quired of them what the occasion could be, and || but that if they would be easy and quiet, I should hearing all they had to say in their defence, told give a very good account to them all of every them he could do nothing in it more till their part of the voyage, or scheme of a voyage which captain came on shore, which would be in a | I had laid, and which had been so ill represented day or two, and that in the mean time they must to them. be content to remain in custody, which they did, Then I caused my commission, or letter of separated from one another. They were very || marque, to be read to them all, by which it appeared civilly treated, but strictly kept from speaking !| that I was really chief commander of the ship, with one another, or sending any messages to and had a right to direct the voyage as I thought one another, or to the boats.
best ; with a paper of written instructions, signed When this was done, the governor sent six || by the owners and adventurers, and directed to files of musqueteers down to the watering-place, || me, with another paper of instructions to all the with orders to secure all the Englishmen in the officers, to be directed by me in all things; which two boats, which was done. They pretended to indeed was all news to them, for they did not make some resistance at first, being all very well think I was the chief captain or commander of armed ; but the seamen of the three Dutch long. || the ship and voyage. boats, joining themselves to the soldiers, and! When I had done this, I gave them a long and
full account of the reasons why I thought it best, which I did calmly and smiling :-“Why, how as our present circumstances were stated, not to now, Tom," says I to one of them, “what ! are go to the South Seas first, but to go away to the you among the mutineers?"--"Lord, sir," says Philippine Islands, and what great prospect of Tom, “not I, they are mad, I think, I hare advantage to the owners there was, as well as to nothing to say to them, I care not where I go, the men; and that I wondered much that such not I; I'll go round the globe with you ; it's all measures were taking in the ship, as I heard there one to me."-" Well, Tom," says I, “but what : were; and that I was not, they might see, un- || do you do among them, then? Come away into provided of means to reduce every one of them the steerage, and show yourself an honest man.“ to their duty by force, and to punish those that | So Tom comes in, and after him another, and were guilty as they deserved ; but that I rather | then two more. Upon my saying to Tom, desired to win them by kindness; and that there 1" What do you do among them?" one of the fore, I had resolved, that if any of them had any fellows says to one of the officers that stood at reason to dislike the voyage, they should be fairly a little distance from me, “ What does the caset on shore, and should go to the second mate tain mean by saying 'among them.' What! and his comrades; and as I named the second does he reckon us to be in the plot ? He is mate I told them what circumstances they were quite wrong; we are all ignorant, and quite surin, and how effectually they were secured. prised at it." He immediately tells me this, and
This astonished them, and surprised them ex- || I was glad, you may be sure, to hear it, and said ceedingly, and some of them inquired more par. || aloud to the man he spoke to,-“ If they are ticularly into the circumstances of the said | honest men, and would not appear in this vil. second mate and his fellows. I told them they lany, let them go down between decks, and get were safe enough, and should remain so ; for as out of the way, that they may have no share in I could prove they had all a villanous design to the punishment, if they have none in the crime. * l'un away with the ship, and set me on shore, “ With all my heart," says one. “God bless either here or in a worse place, I thought that you, captain," says another."- And away they only on account of my own safety, such men dropped, one by one, in at the steerage door, and were not fit to go in the ship, being once capable down between decks, every one to his hammock to entertain such horrid, mischievous thoughts, or cabin, till there was not above five or six of or that could be guilty of such villany; and that ll them left. if any of them were of their minds, they were By this time our two boats appeared from the very welcome, if they thought fit, to go to them. || shore, being both manned with Dutchmen, viz., 1 At this word, some bold rogues upon the fore- || the Dutch captain's mate, and about twenty of castle, which I did not discern by reason of the his men, all the water-casks full, but not a man number that stood there, cried out—" One and of mine with them, for they were left a shore in all,"_-which was a cry at that time of mutiny | safe custody. and rebellion, that was certain, and its kind, very I waited till they came on board, and then, dangerous.
turning to the men on the forecastle, I told them However, to let them see I was not to be they should go on board the boats immediately, daunted with it, I called out to one of the men | as soon as the butts of water were boisted in. among them, who I saw upon the forecastle, They still said, “ One and all," they were ready, " You Jones," says I, “ tell me who that was, and desired they might go and fetch their clothes. and come away from them, for I'll make an “ No, no," says I, “not a man of you shall set i example of him, whoever he is." Will Jones l your foot any more into the ship; but go, get slunk in among the rest, and made me no you into the boats, and what is your own shall answer, and immediately “ One and all ” was ll be given you into the boat." cried again, and a little huzza with it, and As I spoke this in an angry tope, and with a li some of the men appeared to have some fire- | kind of passion, that looked provoked to a high arms with them. There was a great many degree, they began to see they had no room to of them, and I presently foresaw, that if I went choose ; and some of them slipped down the to the extremity, I should spoil the voyage though scuttle into the cook-room. I bad ordered the
conquered them ; so I bridled my passion with officer who was there, who was one of the unid. " all my might, and said calmly, “Very well, shipmen, to wink at it, and let as many come a gentlemen, let me know what it is you mean by | down as offered it; and the honest man did • One and all;' I offered any of you that did not more than that; for he went to the scuttle him. like to go the voyage, might quit the ship. I self, and as if he had whispered, so that I should Is it that you intend by One and all ?' If so, not hear him, called them one by one by their you are welcome, and pray take care to do it names, and argued with them :-"Prithee, Jack, * immediately. As for what chests and clothes says he to one of them, “don't you be distracted you have in the ship, you shall have them all and ruin yourself, to gratify a rash drunken bowith you. Upon this I made the chief mate, l/ mour ; if you go into the boat, you are undone, who was now come to me again, advance a you will be seized as soon as you come ashore. little with some more men, and get between the as the rest are, and will be sent to England in men upon the forecastle and those who were upon irons, and there you will be infallibly hangt the main deck; and, as if he had wanted room, || Why you are certainly all mad." Jack replies when he was gotten between them, he said to he had no design to mutiny, but the second nate them, “ Stand a little aft, gentlemen,"_and so I drew him in, and he did not know what to do; crowded them towards me.
he wished he had not meddled, but he was onAs they came nearer and nearer to where I done ; now what could be do? “Do," says the stood, I had opportunity to speak to them singly," midshipman, "leave them for shame, and slip
down here, and I'll see and get you off, if I can." I had taken I was satisfied I should conquer Accordingly, he pulled him down, and after him them, and that I was safe from their attempts; so many got out of sight the same way, that yet carrying it on by resentment, and doing jus. there was not above seventeen or eighteen left tice upon the offenders, whatever advantage it upon the forecastle.
had one way, had this disadvantage in the conI seemed to take no notice of that; till at sequence, viz., that it would ruin the voyage, for last one of the men that was left there, with his at least half the men were in the plot. bat in his hand, stepping just to the edge of the But having thus conquered them by good forecastle, which was next to me, said in a very usage, I thought my next work was to inquire respectful manner, that I saw how many had into the mistakes which had been the foundation slunk away and made their peace, or at least ob- of all this ; so before I parted with the men who tained pardon, and that I might, perhaps, know had returned to their duty, I told them that as I that they who were left were only such as had had freely forgiven what was past, so I would their duty there, being placed there of course, keep my word with them that I would never before the mutiny began, and that they had no reproach them with it; but that I thought it was hand in it, but abhorred it with all their hearts, necessary their judgments should be convinced which he hoped I would consider, and not join how much they were imposed upon, as well as them with those that had offended, merely be their tempers be reduced by my kindness to them. cause they came upon the forecastle, and mixed | That I was of opinion that they had been abused there with the men who had the watch.
in the account given them of what I had de. I told him if that was true it would be in signed to do, and of the reasons I had to give their favour, but I expected he would prove it for doing it ; and I would desire them to let me to my satisfaction before I accepted that for an know afterwards whether they had been faithfully cxcuse. He told me it might, perhaps, be hard informed of things or not; and whether, in their to prove it, seeing the boatswain and his own judgment, now when they were freed from mate, and the second mate were gone, but the the prepossessions they were under, they could rest of the ship's crew could all testify that they object anything against it or no. were a part of the men whose watch it was, This I did with respect to the other men whom and that they were upon the forecastle by the I had made prisoners in the steerage, whom I had necessity of their duty, and no otherwise, and the same desire to be kind to as I had to these ; called such and such men who were upon duty | but upon whom I resolved to work this way, bewith them to witness it, who did confirm it. | cause, after all, I might have this work to do
Upon this I found myself under a necessity, in over again, if I should meet with any disappoint. justice to the men, to approve it: but my ownment or miscarriage in the voyage; or especially management was a bite upon myself in it; for if we should be put to any straits or distress in | though I did allow the midshipmen to wink at the pursuing of it. their slipping away as before, yet I made no In order to this, I caused the voyage itself, question but I should have some left to make and the reasons of it, the nature of the trade examples of ; but as I could not go back from I was to carry on by it, the pusuit of it to the the promise of mercy which I had allowed the South Seas,-in a word, everything just as we midshipman to offer in my name, so I tricked had argued and settled it in the great cabin, to myself by their mistake into a necessity of par- be put in writing and read to them. doning them all, which was very far froin my de. The fellows, every one of them, declared they sign; but there was no remedy.
were fully satisfied in the voyage itself, and that However, the men, when they were so hap- my reasons for it were perfectly good; and that pily escaped, desired the midshipmen, who had | they had received a quite different account of it; been instrumental to deliver them, to assure me, as that I would carry them into the island of the that as they were sensible they had deserved Moluccas, which was the most unhealthy part of very ill at my hands, and that yet I had treated
the East Indies ; that I would go away to the them thus kindly, they would not only reveal to south for new discoveries; and that I would go me all the particulars of the conspiracy and the away thence to the South Seas; which was a names of those principally concerned in it, but voyage of such a length that no ship could victual that they would assure me they would never for; that it was impossible to carry fresh water more dispute any of my measures, but were very such a length; and, in a word, that it was a ready to do their duty as seamen to what part voyage that would destroy us all. of the world soever I might think fit to go, or
It was the chief mate and the midshipman who which way I thought fit to carry them; whether took them all down the scuttle that brought me outward or homeward, and that they gave me
this account from them; so I made him take the tender of their duty in this manner with the two of those penitent mutineers with him, and utmost sincerity and with thankfulness for my
go to the men in the steerage, whom he had made having forgiven them that conduct which was
prisoners at first, and see whether their delusions the worst that a seaman could be guilty of. were of the same kind, and what kind of temper
I took this very kindly, and sent them word they were in. Accordingly, he went to them I did so, and that they should find they had taken directly, for this was not a business that admitted the wiser course, that I had an entire confidence giving them time to club and cabal together, and in their fidelity, and that they should never find form other societies or combinations which might I would reproach them with or use them the li have consequences fatal to us still, worse for what had passed.
When the came to them, he told them the I must confess I was very glad of this sub- ll captain was willing to do all the justice possible inission of the men ; for though by the measures II to his men, and to use them on all occasions with