Surveys His Position

Iemployedmyselfinplantingmysecondrowsofstakesorpiles,andinthiswicker-workingallthesummerordryseason, whenanotherbusinesstookmeupmoretimethatitcouldbeimaginedIcouldspare. 

ImentionedbeforethatIhadagreatmindtoseethewholeisland,andthatIhadtravelledupthebrook,andsoontowhereIbuiltmybower,andwhereIhadanopeningquitetothesea,ontheothersideoftheisland. Inowresolvedtotravelquiteacrosstotheseashoreonthatside; sotakingmygun,ahatchet,andmydog,andalargerquantityofpowderandshotthanusual,withtwobiscuit-cakesandagreatbunchofraisinsinmypouchformystore,Ibeganmyjourney. WhenIhadpassedthevalewheremybowerstood,asabove,Icamewithinviewoftheseatothewest; anditbeingaveryclearday,Ifairlydescriedland,whetheranislandoracontinentIcouldnottell; butitlayveryhigh,extendingfromthewesttotheWSW.ataverygreatdistance;bymyguess,itcouldnotbelessthanfifteenortwentyleaguesoff. 

Icouldnottellwhatpartoftheworldthismightbe,otherwisethanthatIknowitmustbepartofAmerica,and,asIconcluded,byallmyobservations,mustbeneartheSpanishdominions, andperhapswasallinhabitedbysavages,where,ifIshouldhavelanded,IhadbeeninaworseconditionthanIwasnow; andthereforeIacquiescedinthedispositionsofProvidencewhichIbegannowtoownandtobelieveorderedeverythingforthebest. Isay,Iquietedmymindwiththis,andleftafflictingmyselfwithfruitlesswishesofbeingthere. 

Besides,aftersomepauseuponthisaffair,IconsideredthatifthislandwastheSpanishcoastIshouldcertainly,onetimeorother,seesomevesselpassorrepassonewayorother; 

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