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prevented taking effect by the inter- posed the cutter to have landed her ference of Mr. Robson, who warded people. off the weapon. When we bad got into « Our number in the long-boat the boat, and were putting off, they was now reduced to seventeen, viz. threw at least two hundred spears, myself, Mr. Trounce, Mr. Stalkart, none of which took effect, excepting fourteen Lascars and others. Our one, which gave a severe wound stock of provisions consisted of two to my cook, entering immediately bags of rice, and one gang cask of above the jaw, and passing through water; with this stock we conceived the mouth.
we might hold out till we reached “ Having thus escaped from this Bencoolen, for which port we deterperilous adventure, we pursued our mined to make the best of our way, course, and got as far as Dampier's We fixed the allowance of provision Straits, as favourably as our situation to each man, at one tea-cup full of could well admit. Being now within rice, and a pint of water per diem; reach of land, the Lascars became but we soon found it necessary to impatient to be put on shore. It was make a considerable deduction in in vain that I endeavoured to per- this allowance. suade them to persevere; they would “ We proceeded on through the not listen to argument, and expressed Streights of Bantam, meeting, in our their wish, rather to meet with im- course, several Malay prows, none of mediate death on shore, than to be which took notice of us, excepting starved to death in the boats. Yield- one, which gave chace for a day, and ing to their importunity, I at length would have come up with us, had determined to land them on the we not got off under cover of a very N.W. extremity of the island of Ce dark night. Continuing our course, ram, from whence they might travel passed through the Streight of Sayto Amboyna in two or three days. pay, where we caught a large shark. On the 9th of June, being off that Our spirits were much elated by this part of the island, Mr. Robson vo valuable prize, which we lost no time lunteered to land a part of the peo- in getting on board, and, having ple in the cutter, to return to the kindled a fire in the bottom of the long-boat, and the cutter to be then boat, he was roasted with all expedigiven to such farther part of the tion; and such was the keenness and crew as chose to join the party first extent of our appetite, that, although landed. Mr. Robson accordingly the shark must have weighed 150 or went in shore with the cutter; but, 160lbs.- not a vestige of it remained to my great mortification, after wait- at the close of the day. We suffered ing two days, there was no appear- most severely from our indulgence : ance of his return or the cutter. on the following day we were all
“We concluded that the people afflicted with the most violent comhad been detained either by the plaint of the stomach and bowels, Dutch or the natives ; yet as the re which reduced us exceedingly, and maining part of the Lascars were left us spiritless and languid, insodesirous to be landed, we stood in much that we now seriously despaired with the long-boat, and put them on of our safety. shore near the point where sup “ On the 2d of July, I lost an old
and faithful servant, who died from benevolence that reflect honoor on want of sustenance. On the 4th, we his character. The governor supmade Java Head ; and at the same plied them with whatever their wants time caught two large boobies, which required; he accomniodated Mr. afforded all bands a most precious Robson at his own table, and, on his and refreshing meal. On the 9th, at leaving Amboyna, furnished him with midnight, came-to off Pulo Penang, money for himself and his people, on the west coast of Sumatra. At refusing to take any acknowledgment day-light we endeavoured to weigh or receipt for the amount. He also our anchor, and to run close in shore; gave Mr. Robson letters to the go•but we were so much exhansted that vernor-general of Batavia, reconour united strength was insufficient to mending him to his kind offices. get up the anchor. We made a sig. Such honourable conduct from the nal of distress, on which a sandpan, governor of a foreign country, and with two Malays, came off. As I with which we are at war, cannot be was the duly person in the long-boat, too widely promulgated. who had sufficient strength to move, “ From Amboyna, Mr. Robson I went on shore with the Malays. embarked in the Dutch frigate, Pals On landing, I found myself so weak, las, for Batavia; and on the passage that I fell upon the ground, and was thither, fell in with and was captured obliged to be carried to an adjoining by his majesty's ships Greyhound and house. Such refreshments as the Harier, and brought to Prince of place afforded were immediately sent Wales's Island. off to the long-boat; and we recruited “ From Penang, I went to Bengal, so quickly, that in two days we found with the Varuna, captain Dennison, ourselves in a condition to proceed and arrived safely in Calcutta a few on our voyage. On the 12th of July days ago. we weighed, and on the 19th an
“ A. FORREST." chored off Rat Island, at Bencoolen.
“ Here I met with an old friend, captain Chauvet, of the Perseverance, Sufferings from Savages. whose kindness and humanity I shall ever remember, and gratefully ac
Extract of a Letter from a Gentleman in
Augusta, to his Friend in Virginia, dated knowledge. On the day following
July 20, 1807. my arrival, I waited on the resident, Mr. Parr, from whom I received Dear sir, every kindness and altention.
On the night of the 3d of February “ I left Bencoolen on the 17th of last, arrived in this place, in a de August, in the Perseverance, for plorable condition, Mrs. Mary Jor. Penang, where I arrived on the 27th, dan, who, with her husband and sis and where I was most agreeably sur- children, were in January last carried prised to meet with my late chief away captives by the ludians. Mrs. mate, Mr. Robson, who, with the Jordan has furnished me with the lascars landed on Ceram, and had following melancholy account of (ne safely reached Amboyna, where they massacre of her husband and, chile were received by Mr. Cranstoun, the dren, and of her own sufferings while Dutch governor, with a humanity and with the savages:
“On the night of the 2d of Ja- themselves for the night. My poor nuary, 1807, we were suddenly children complained much of their awakened from slumber, by the hi- feet being swollen, but I was not deous yells of savages, who before we permitted to give them any relief, could put ourselves in a situation to nor was their father allowed to dis. oppose them, succeeded in forcing course with them.
As night apthe doors of the house. They were proached, we took each other by the to the number of forty or fifty, hand, expecting never again to witfrightfully painted, and armed with ness the rising of the sun. Contrary tomahawks and scalping knives. My to our expectations, however, we had husband met them at the door, and a tolerable night's rest, and on the in their own tongue asked them what succeeding day, though naked, and they wanted ?-" The scalps of your half starved, travelled with much family!" was their answer. My hus- more ease than on the preceding one. band entreated to have compassion The Indians occasionally allowed us on me and his innocent chikiren, but a little raw food, sufficient only to his entreaties availed nothing; we keep us alive. We this day travelled, were dragged naked out of the house, according to the reckoning of the and tied severely with cords. By Indians, nearly forty miles, and were, order of one who appeared to be the about sun-set, joined by the remainchief, about twenty of the Indians ing savages who were left behind; took charge of us, who were ordered they were loaded with the spoils of to conduct us with all possible dis- my husband's property: among other patch to their settlement (about 200 articles, they found a keg of spirits, miles distant), while the remainder of which they had drank plentifully were left to pillage and fire the house. -as they became intoxicated, they We commenced our journey about exercised the more cruelty towards midnight, travelling through an un- us; they beat my poor children cultivated wilderness, at the rate of so unmercifully that they were unanear seven miles an hour. If either ble to stand on their feet the next of us, through fatigue, slackened our morning; the Indians attributed their pace,
most inhumanly inability to wilfulness, and again rebeaten, and threatened with instant newed their acts of barbarity, beatdeath.
ing them with clubs, cutting and " After
a tedious travel of more gashing them with knives, and scorchthan forty miles, the savages balted ing their naked bodies with brauds in a swamp-here, 'for the first time of fire. Finding that their hellish from the time of our departure, we plans had no other effect than to were permitted to lie down; the In- 'render the poor unhappy sufferers dians kindled a fire, on which they less able to travel, they came to the broiled some bear's flesh, of which resolution to butcher them on the they allowed us but a small portion. spot.
“ After they had refreshed them “ Sis holes were dug in the earth, selves and extinguished their fire, we of about five feet in depth, around were again compelled to pursuie our
each of which some dried branches journey; we travelled until sup-set, of trees were placed. My husband when the Indians again halted, and at this moment, filled with horror at began to prepare a covering for what he supposed was about to take
place, broke the rope with which he having sufficiently feasted their eyes was bound, and attempted to escape with the agonies of the sufferers, refroni the hands of the unmerciful tired to regale themselves with what cannibals. He was, however, closely liquor remained ; they drank freely, pursued, soon overtaken and brought and soon became senseless; with one back; as he passed me, he cast his of their tomahawks I might with ease eyes towards me and fainted; in this have dispatched them all, but ‘iny situation be was placed erect in one only desire was to flee from them as of the holes. The woods now re- quick as possible. I succeeded with sounded with the heart-piercing cries difficulty in liberating myself, by of my poor children spare, O cutting the cord with which I was spare my father!" was their cry— bound, on which I bent my course “have mercy on my poor children !” for this place. A piece of bear's was the cry of their father; it availed flesh, which I fortunately found in nothing; my dear children were all one of the Indian's packs, served me placed in a situation similar to that for food. I travelled only nights, in of their father; the youngest' (only the day-time concealing myself in nine years old) broke from them, and the thick swamps, or hollow trees. ran up to me,crying, " don't mammy, A party of Indians passed within a pray don't let them kill me !" few rods of the place of my conceal
Alas, O heavens, what could I ment the second day after my depardo? In vain did I beg of them to let ture, but did not discover me; they me take my dear child's place! by were undoubtedly of the party from force it was torn from me, in an hour whom I had escaped, in pursuit of when I could afford it no protection. me. Two days after, I was met by
“ Having placed the poor unfor an Indian of the Shawanese nation ; tunate victims in the manner above he proved friendly, and conducted described, they secured them in a me to a white settlement; without standing position, by replacing the his assistance I must bave again fallen earth, which buried them nearly to into the hands of my savage foes.” Their necks !
“ The inhuman wretches now began their hideous pow-wows, dancing . Singular Adventure of a British to and fro around the victims of their Soldier, in a Campaign in North torture, which they continued about America. half an hour, when they communicated fire to the fatal piles ! Heaven In the year 1779, when the war only knows what my feelings were at with America was conducted with this moment! As the flames increas- great spirit upon that continent, a ed, the shrieks and dying groans of division of the British army was enmy poor family were heightened! camped on the banks of a river, and Thank Heaven, their sufferings were in a position so favoured by nature, of short duration; in less than a that it was difficult for
military quarter of an hour from the time the art to surprise it. War in America fire was first communicated, their was rather a species of hunting than cries ceased, and they sank into the a regular campaign. “If you fight arms of their kind deliverer.' with art," said Washington to his “ 'The callous-hearted wretches soldiers, “ you are sure to be de
feated. Acquire discipline enough nicating any alarm, or being beard for retreat and the uniformity of of after. combined attack, and your country. Not a trace was left of the inanwill prove the best of engineers.” ner in which they had been conveySo true was the maxim of the Ame- ed away, except that, upon one or rican general, that the English sol- two occasions, a few drops of blood diers had to contend with little else. had appeared upon the leaves which The Americans had incorporated covered the ground. Many imputed the Indians into their ranks, and had this unaccountable disappearance to made them useful in a species of treachery, and suggested as an unwar to which their habits of life had answerable argument, that the men peculiarly fitted them. They sallied thus surprised might at least have out of their impenetrable forests and fired their muskets, and communicajungles, and, with their arrows and ted the alarm to the contiguous tomahawks, committed daily waste posts. Others, who could not be upon the British army,--surprising brought to consider it as treachery, their centinels, cutting off their strage were content to receive it as glers; and even when the aların was mystery which time would given, and pursuit commenced, they ravel. Hed with a swiftness that the speed One morning, the centinels having of cavalry could not overtake, into been stationed as usual over night, rocks and fastnesses whither it was the guard went at sun-rise to relieve dangerous to follow them.
a post which extended a considerable In order to limit as far as possi distance into the wood. ble this species of war, in which tinel was gone! The surprise was there was so much loss and so little great; but the circumstance had honour, it was the custom with occurred before. They left another every regintent to extend its out- man, and departed, wishing him posts to a great distance beyond better luck, “ You need not be the encampments; to station centi afraid,” said the inan with warmth, nels some miles in the woods, and “I shall not desert." keep a constant guard round the The relief company returned to main body.
the guard-house. A regiment of foot was at this The centinels were replaced every time stationed upon the confines of four hours, and, at the appointed a boundless“ savannah. Its particu time, the guard again iarched to lar office was to guard every avenue relieve the post. To their inexpresof approach to the main body; the sible astonishment the inau centinels, whose posts penetrated gone! They searched round the into the woods, were supplied from spot, but no traces could be found the ranks, and the service of this of his disappearance. It was necesregiment was thus more hazardous sary that the station, from a stronger than that of any other. Its loss was motive than ever, should not remain likewise great. The centinels were unoccupied; they were compelled perpetually surprised upon their to leave another man, and returned posts by the Indians, and were borne to the guard-house. The superstioff their stations without coinmu tion of the soldiers was awakened, VOL. XLIX.