宫集And now I speak of marrying, it brings me naturally to saysomething of the French ecclesiastic that I had brought with me outof the ships crew whom I took up at sea. It is true this man wasa Roman, and perhaps it may give offence to some hereafter if Ileave anything extraordinary upon record of a man whom, before Ibegin, I must (to set him out in just colours) represent in termsvery much to his disadvantage, in the account of Protestants; as,first, that he was a Papist; secondly, a Popish priest; andthirdly, a French Popish priest. But justice demands of me to givehim a due character; and I must say, he was a grave, sober, pious,and most religious person; exact in his life, extensive in hischarity, and exemplary in almost everything he did. What then canany one say against being very sensible of the value of such a man,notwithstanding his profession? though it may be my opinionperhaps, as well as the opinion of others who shall read this, thathe was mistaken.百利宫集团网站团网
百利The first hour that I began to converse with him after he hadagreed to go with me to the East Indies, I found reason to delightexceedingly in his conversation; and he first began with me aboutreligion in the most obliging manner imaginable. "Sir," says he,"you have not only under God" (and at that he crossed his breast)"saved my life, but you have admitted me to go this voyage in yourship, and by your obliging civility have taken me into your family,giving me an opportunity of free conversation. Now, sir, you seeby my habit what my profession is, and I guess by your nation whatyours is; I may think it is my duty, and doubtless it is so, to usemy utmost endeavours, on all occasions, to bring all the souls Ican to the knowledge of the truth, and to embrace the Catholicdoctrine; but as I am here under your permission, and in yourfamily, I am bound, in justice to your kindness as well as indecency and good manners, to be under your government; andtherefore I shall not, without your leave, enter into any debate onthe points of religion in which we may not agree, further than youshall give me leave."宫集百利宫集团网站团网I told him his carriage was so modest that I could not butacknowledge it; that it was true we were such people as they callheretics, but that he was not the first Catholic I had conversedwith without falling into inconveniences, or carrying the questionsto any height in debate; that he should not find himself the worseused for being of a different opinion from us, and if we did notconverse without any dislike on either side, it should be hisfault, not ours.百利宫集He replied that he thought all our conversation might be easilyseparated from disputes; that it was not his business to capprinciples with every man he conversed with; and that he ratherdesired me to converse with him as a gentleman than as areligionist; and that, if I would give him leave at any time todiscourse upon religious subjects, he would readily comply with it,and that he did not doubt but I would allow him also to defend hisown opinions as well as he could; but that without my leave hewould not break in upon me with any such thing. He told mefurther, that he would not cease to do all that became him, in hisoffice as a priest, as well as a private Christian, to procure thegood of the ship, and the safety of all that was in her; andthough, perhaps, we would not join with him, and he could not praywith us, he hoped he might pray for us, which he would do upon alloccasions. In this manner we conversed; and as he was of the mostobliging, gentlemanlike behaviour, so he was, if I may be allowedto say so, a man of good sense, and, as I believe, of greatlearning.
团网百利He gave me a most diverting account of his life, and of the manyextraordinary events of it; of many adventures which had befallenhim in the few years that he had been abroad in the world; andparticularly, it was very remarkable, that in the voyage he was nowengaged in he had had the misfortune to be five times shipped andunshipped, and never to go to the place whither any of the ships hewas in were at first designed. That his first intent was to havegone to Martinico, and that he went on board a ship bound thitherat St. Malo; but being forced into Lisbon by bad weather, the shipreceived some damage by running aground in the mouth of the riverTagus, and was obliged to unload her cargo there; but finding aPortuguese ship there bound for the Madeiras, and ready to sail,and supposing he should meet with a ship there bound to Martinico,he went on board, in order to sail to the Madeiras; but the masterof the Portuguese ship being but an indifferent mariner, had beenout of his reckoning, and they drove to Fayal; where, however, hehappened to find a very good market for his cargo, which was corn,and therefore resolved not to go to the Madeiras, but to load saltat the Isle of May, and to go away to Newfoundland. He had noremedy in this exigence but to go with the ship, and had a prettygood voyage as far as the Banks (so they call the place where theycatch the fish), where, meeting with a French ship bound fromFrance to Quebec, and from thence to Martinico, to carryprovisions, he thought he should have an opportunity to completehis first design, but when he came to Quebec, the master of theship died, and the vessel proceeded no further; so the next voyagehe shipped himself for France, in the ship that was burned when wetook them up at sea, and then shipped with us for the East Indies,as I have already said. Thus he had been disappointed in fivevoyages; all, as I may call it, in one voyage, besides what I shallhave occasion to mention further of him.宫集The next day, giving them a salute of five guns at parting, we setsail, and arrived at the bay of All Saints in the Brazils in abouttwenty-two days, meeting nothing remarkable in our passage butthis: that about three days after we had sailed, being becalmed,and the current setting strong to the ENE., running, as it were,into a bay or gulf on the land side, we were driven something outof our course, and once or twice our men cried out, "Land to theeastward!" but whether it was the continent or islands we could nottell by any means. But the third day, towards evening, the seasmooth, and the weather calm, we saw the sea as it were coveredtowards the land with something very black; not being able todiscover what it was till after some time, our chief mate, going upthe main shrouds a little way, and looking at them with aperspective, cried out it was an army. I could not imagine what hemeant by an army, and thwarted him a little hastily. "Nay, sir,"says he, "dont be angry, for tis an army, and a fleet too: for Ibelieve there are a thousand canoes, and you may see them paddlealong, for they are coming towards us apace."详情