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and made me a corporal. But that was not my good fortune, 1 soon fell sick, and when I became good-for-nothing, got leave to return home again with forty pounds in my pocket, which I saved in the service. This was at the beginning of the present war,

so I hoped to be set on shore, and to have the pleasure of spending my money; but the government wanted men, and I was pressed agaip before ever I could set foot on shore.

• The boatswain found me, as he said, an obstinate fellow : he swore that I understood my business perfectly well, but that I pretended sickness merely to be idle: God knows, I knew nothing of sea-business ! he beat me without considering what he was about. But still my forty pounds was some comfort to me under every beating: the money was my comfort; and the money I might have had to this day, but that our ship was taken by the French, and so I lost it all !

Our crew was carried into a French prison, and many of them died, because they were not used to live in a jail ; but for my part it was nothing to me, for I was seasoned. One night, however, as I was sleeping on the bed of boards, with a warm blanket about me (for I always loved to lie well), I was awaked by the bratswain who had a dark-lantern in his hand. Jack,” says he to me, “will you knock out the French sentry's brains ?" –"I don't care,” says I, striving to keep myself awake, “if I lend a hand.”_" Ther follow me," says he, “and I hope we shall do business.” So up 1 got, and tied my blanket, which was all the clothes I had, about my middle, and went with him to fight the Frenchmen: we had no arms; but one Englishman is able to beat five French at any time: so we went down to the door, where both the sentries were posted, and rushing upon them, seized their arms in a moment, and knocked them down. From thence, nine of us ran together to the quay, and, seizing the first boat we met, got out of the harbour, and put to sea; we had not been here three days before we were taken up by an English privateer, who was glad of sc many good hands; and we consented to run our chance. However we had not so much luck as we expected. In three days we fel. in with a French man-of-war, of forty guns, while we had but twenty-three; so to it we went. The fight lasted for three hours, and I verily believe we should have taken the Frenchman, but unfortunately we lost almost all our men just as we were going to get the victory. I was once more in the power of the French, and I believe it would have gone hard with me bad I been brought back to my old jail in Brest; but by good fortune we were retaker, and carried to England once more.

'I had almost forgot to tell you, that in this last engagement I was wounded in two places ; I lost four fingers of the left hand

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