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But my case was particular; it was by no means proper to me to go thither without
money or goods, and for a poor convict, that was to be sold as soon as I came on
shore, to carry with me a cargo of goods would be to have notice taken of it, and
perhaps to have them seized by the public; so I took part of my stock with me thus, and
left the other part with my governess.
My governess brought me a great many other things, but it was not proper for me to
look too well provided in the ship, at least till I knew what kind of a captain we should
have. When she came into the ship, I thought she would have died indeed; her heart
sank at the sight of me, and at the thoughts of parting with me in that condition, and she
cried so intolerably, I could not for a long time have any talk with her.
I took that time to read my fellow-prisoner's letter, which, however, greatly perplexed
me. He told me was determined to go, but found it would be impossible for him to be
discharged time enough for going in the same ship, and which was more than all, he
began to question whether they would give him leave to go in what ship he pleased,
though he did voluntarily transport himself; but that they would see him put on board
such a ship as they should direct, and that he would be charged upon the captain as
other convict prisoners were; so that he began to be in despair of seeing me till he came
to Virginia, which made him almost desperate; seeing that, on the other hand, if I should
not be there, if any accident of the sea or of mortality should take me away, he should
be the most undone creature there in the world.
This was very perplexing, and I knew not what course to take. I told my governess the
story of the boatswain, and she was mighty eager with me treat with him; but I had no
mind to it, till I heard whether my husband, or fellow-prisoner, so she called him, could
be at liberty to go with me or no. At last I was forced to let her into the whole matter,
except only that of his being my husband. I told her I had made a positive bargain or
agreement with him to go, if he could get the liberty of going in the same ship, and that I
found he had money.
Then I read a long lecture to her of what I proposed to do when we came there, how we
could plant, settle, and, in short, grow rich without any more adventures; and, as a great
secret, I told her that we were to marry as soon as he came on board.
She soon agreed cheerfully to my going when she heard this, and she made it her
business from that time to get him out of the prison in time, so that he might go in the
same ship with me, which at last was brought to pass, though with great difficulty, and
not without all the forms of a transported prisoner-convict, which he really was not yet,
for he had not been tried, and which was a great mortification to him. As our fate was
now determined, and we were both on board, actually bound to Virginia, in the
despicable quality of transported convicts destined to be sold for slaves, I for five years,