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dinner time, I detained the messengers to dine with me, and then told
them that I should ride - Page 560
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Being Our Dinner Time, I Detained The Messengers To Dine With Me, And Then Told Them That I Should Ride Where I Was; For, As Our Nations Were Friends In Europe, It Would Look Ill For Us To Be Enemies Among The Heathens.

They then told me roundly they would bring me away by force.

To which I again made answer, that I should certainly ride where I was till I experienced the inconvenience of the place, for they told me it was foul ground, and then I should come to occupy the best ground in their roads; for neither of our princes gave any such authority to their subjects, but that those of the other may ride or go as they please. They then said the country was theirs. "So much the better then," said I; "for as our countries are in friendship, I may the more boldly ride where I am." Upon this they went away much displeased.

In the evening I proposed to have landed some ordnance on the side of a hill which commanded the place where I rode at anchor, that I might the better be able to defend myself if the Hollanders should molest me; but on sending out some of my people to examine the bottom round about the ship, it was found to be all foul with rocks, wherefore I gave up the project of landing cannon. Next morning I sent Mr Spalding, and some others of my principal people, in the skiff; with a letter for the governor, desiring them not to add a syllable to what I had written, and to bring me off an answer as soon as possible.

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