Two Years Before The Mast A Personal Narrative Of Life At Sea By Richard Henry Dana, Jr.

 -   As soon as I had got my wits about me,
I put on a bold front, and told him plainly - Page 400
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As Soon As I Had Got My Wits About Me, I Put On A Bold Front, And Told Him Plainly

That I had a letter in my chest informing me that he had been written to, by the owners in

Boston, to bring me home in the ship, and moreover, that he had told me that I was to go in the ship.

To have this told him, and to be opposed in such a manner, was more than my lord paramount had been used to.

He turned fiercely upon me, and tried to look me down, and face me out of my statement; but finding that that wouldn't do, and that I was entering upon my defence in such a way as would show to the other two that he was in the wrong, - he changed his ground, and pointed to the shipping papers of the Pilgrim, from which my name had never been erased, and said that there was my name, - that I belonged to her, - that he had an absolute discretionary power, - and, in short, that I must be on board the Pilgrim by the next morning with my chest and hammock, or have some one ready to go in my place, and that he would not hear another word from me. No court or star chamber could proceed more summarily with a poor devil, than this trio was about to do with me; condemning me to a punishment worse than a Botany Bay exile, and to a fate which would alter the whole current of my future life; for two years more in California would have made me a sailor for the rest of my days.

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