Return to England

Havingdoneallthis,Ileftthemthenextday,andwentonboardtheship. Wepreparedimmediatelytosail,butdidnotweighthatnight. Thenextmorningearlytwoofthefivemencameswimmingtotheship’sside,andmakingamostlamentablecomplaintoftheotherthree,beggedtobetakenintotheshipforGod’ssake,fortheyshouldbemurdered,andbeggedthecaptaintotakethemonboard,thoughhehangedthemimmediately. 

Uponthisthecaptainpretendedtohavenopowerwithoutme; butaftersomedifficulty,andaftertheirsolemnpromisesofamendment,theyweretakenonboard,andweresometimeaftersoundlywhippedandpickled,afterwhichtheyprovedveryhonestandquietfellows. 

Sometimeafterthistheboatwasorderedonshore,thetidebeingup,withthethingspromisedtothemen,towhichthecaptain,atmyintercession,causedtheirchestsandclothestobeadded,whichtheytook,andwereverythankfulfor. Ialsoencouragedthembytellingthemthatifitlayinmywaytosendanyvesseltotakethemin,Iwouldnotforgetthem. 

WhenItookleaveofthisisland,Icarriedonboard,forrelics,thegreatgoat-skincapIhadmade,myumbrella,andmyparrot; alsoIforgotnottotakethemoneyIformerlymentioned,whichhadlainmesolonguselessthatitwasgrownrustyortarnished,andcouldhardly; asalsothemoneyIfoundinthewreckoftheSpanishship. 

AndthusIlefttheisland,the19thofDecember,asIfoundbytheship’saccount,intheyear1686,afterIhadbeenuponiteightandtwentyyears,twomonths,andnineteendays, beingdeliveredfromthissecondcaptivitythesamedayofthemonththatIfirstmademyescapeinthebarco-longo,fromamongtheMoorsofSallee. 

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