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HAVING done all this I left them the next day, and went on board the ship. We prepared
immediately to sail, but did not weigh that night. The next morning early, two of the five
men came swimming to the ship's side, and making the most lamentable complaint of the
other three, begged to be taken into the ship for God's sake, for they should be murdered,
and begged the captain to take them on board, though he hanged them immediately. Upon
this the captain pretended to have no power without me; but after some difficulty, and
after their solemn promises of amendment, they were taken on board, and were, some
time after, soundly whipped and pickled; after which they proved very honest and quiet
Some time after this, the boat was ordered on shore, the tide being up, with the things
promised to the men; to which the captain, at my intercession, caused their chests and
clothes to be added, which they took, and were very thankful for. I also encouraged them,
by telling them that if it lay in my power to send any vessel to take them in, I would not
forget them.
When I took leave of this island, I carried on board, for relics, the great goat-skin cap I
had made, my umbrella, and one of my parrots; also, I forgot not to take the money I
formerly mentioned, which had lain by me so long useless that it was grown rusty or
tarnished, and could hardly pass for silver till it had been a little rubbed and handled, as
also the money I found in the wreck of the Spanish ship. And thus I left the island, the
19th of December, as I found by the ship's account, in the year 1686, after I had been
upon it eight-and-twenty years, two months, and nineteen days; being delivered from this
second captivity the same day of the month that I first made my escape in the long-boat
from among the Moors of Sallee. In this vessel, after a long voyage, I arrived in England
the 11th of June, in the year 1687, having been thirty-five years absent.
When I came to England I was as perfect a stranger to all the world as if I had never been
known there. My benefactor and faithful steward, whom I had left my money in trust
with, was alive, but had had great misfortunes in the world; was become a widow the
second time, and very low in the world. I made her very easy as to what she owed me,
assuring her I would give her no trouble; but, on the contrary, in gratitude for her former
care and faithfulness to me, I relieved her as my little stock would afford; which at that
time would, indeed, allow me to do but little for her; but I assured her I would never
forget her former kindness to me; nor did I forget her when I had sufficient to help her, as
shall be observed in its proper place. I went down afterwards into Yorkshire; but my
father was dead, and my mother and all the family extinct, except that I found two sisters,
and two of the children of one of my brothers; and as I had been long ago given over for
dead, there had been no provision made for me; so that, in a word, I found nothing to
relieve or assist me; and that the little money I had would not do much for me as to
settling in the world.